Falmouth’s Event Square Bank holiday weekend (29, 30 & 31 August)
- A delicious day out featuring the best street food vendors from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset & Dorset
- FREE ENTRY EVENT and free 1/2 pint of Sharp’s Brewery Beer for Early Eaters (each trader will give 40 x 1/2 pint voucher to the first 40 paying customers over 18 on saturday & Sunday – maximum 2 per visitor)
- Entertainment curated by Universal Music
Sat in a deck chair, overlooking the sea, it’s hard to think of anything nicer than a bag of chips and a pickled egg. But a new generation of street food traders are shaking things up. And this August Bank Holiday, in Falmouth, the best traders from across the South West are competing to prove they’re shaking it up better than anyone else. So it’s Cornwall v Devon v Somerset v Dorset in the regional heats of the 2015 British Street Food Awards. Who wins? And represents the South West in the big national finals? You decide.
In Falmouth’s Events Square, the 13 best traders from the region will be cooking up their signature dishes all weekend, from a weird and wonderful fleet of vans, trucks and trailers. The public then vote for their favourite. There will be live music and DJs – curated by Universal Music – with live newspaper reviews hosted by the editor of the Independent on Sunday. There will will be a street food/beer matching experience from Sharp’s, and Have I Got Foods For You, the Festival’s take on the topical news quiz. With better prizes.
Jalopy Pizza (DORSET)
The idea for Jalopy Pizza came from holidays in the south of France, where wood-fired pizza vans regularly park up in lay-bys, campsites and supermarket car parks. When Katherine Locke stumbled across an ancient Peugeot J7 being sold in Montpelier, with a FANTASTIC Ephrem wood-fired oven, well….it was fate. Jalopy have since gone on to win Best Snack at the 2011 British Street Food Awards, but this year they want to go one better. They want to win Best Of The Best at the big finals in London.
Truly Crumptious (CORNWALL)
Is there anything more delicious than a crumpet? Yes. A homemade crumpet. Made with organic flour from the South West, and cooked up on a lightly-oiled griddle to give it a crisp, thick base. Serve it out of a 1967 Cheltenham Waterbuck – built in the day when caravans looked like caravans – with butter, jam or cheese, and you’ve got something just a little bit special.
The Glorious Oyster (DEVON)
According to Norman Lewis, in “Aphrodisiacs I Have Known”, the sexual power of oysters is all in the mind. A group of male pearl-divers on the island of Kamaran get most of their nourishment from the lovely little things – but their sex drive remains resolutely low, low, low. The Glorious Oyster is more than just an oyster bar, which is maybe just as well for public order in the county of Devon. They serve up an ever-changing seasonal menu of local seafood, from a horse box, and where better for them to come and showcase their wares than Falmouth, home to the world-famous Oyster Festival and one of the last remaining traditional oyster fisheries?
Tea N Toast (DEVON)
Ben Mills is an OG — an original gangsta — in the world of street food and, for the last ten years, has been attempting to save the world by dispensing tea. And toast – where necessary. Ben set up Tea N Toast to warm the cockles and feed the soul in a small van covered in flowers. The only surprise is that he hasn’t competed at the British Street Food Awards before. These are the last heats before the finals. Maybe this year his stars are in alignment….
Vee Double Moo (SOMERSET)
This ice cream van, affectionately nicknamed Daisy, serves up gourmet soft scoop and frozen yogurt round the South West. There are lots of interesting Milk Bar style options on the menu including dipped cones with smoked sea salt, alcoholic softserve shots, and pies a la mode. The vintage VW – with its distinctive beige and sky blue cowprint livery – has a twin sister serving churros.
Have you won any awards?
Yes, I was awarded a badge for my post card collection at Brownies.
What do your friends and family make of what you do?
They are very patient – and of course very proud?!. Especially my kids who have grown up with Vee Double Moo and are now very adaptable, ice-cream loving young people. And they can both strip down an ice cream machine with their eyes closed.
Anything else you want to tell me?
Please encourage the British foodie public to use and abuse Twitter – if you use it for nothing else, it is totally the best way to keep track of all your favourite traders, their locations and opening times. That and the British Street Food app obvs! Oh and never stress about queueing – “if it’s queueing it’s worth doing” and you can use the time to chat to your friends, make new ones . . . or even tweet.
Inkie’s Smokehouse (CORNWALL)
There’s the easy way. There’s the fast way. And then there’s the best way. Inkie’s barbecue is a family run smokehouse that serves up authentic pit-smoked q. All the meat is locally sourced and cooked low ‘n’ slow over hickory, maple or cherry wood for a minimum of 16 hours. Check for the smoke ring – this stuff is authentic.
Just FAB (LONDON)
They always told me that eating on the bus was rude. Wrong. Check out Just Fab — Italian street food that’s cooked up and served on a real life London double decker bus. It would be rude not to! The menu’s emphasis is on vegan, so expect arancini (rice balls) with spinach, mushroom and herbs, and fava beans crocchetta served with a fennel salad. There’s room on top for 34 to sit in comfort – otherwise it’s standing room only, with a plateful from the takeaway windows downstairs. All aboard!
You think you know waffles? Batter-based cakes that don’t taste of much, right? Wrong! Everything from the recipe to the type of iron is up for grabs. In Vietnam they’re green for God’s sake. Sapeur is a 1961 fire engine from Chatillon Sur Indre, adapted to serve Gaufres — fresh Belgian waffles. They have taken what we still perceive as a simple delivery system for other ingredients, and elevated it to an artform. Come and meet Paul (one of the nicest men in street food) as he does his thing. See him here in his other project, Lemon Jelli….
Think of the South West and you think of the coast. Atlantic breakers and pretty harbours bobbing with boats bringing in the bounty of the sea. But less than 10% of the seafood stays in the region. The rest is exported. That’s where Seadog comes in. They create innovative world street food that takes our local catch on a wondrous journey across the globe picking up influences from Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and beyond. We’ll never let Johnny Foreigner get his hands on this stuff again….
Eat Like A Greek (DEVON)
The Greeks are famous for their hospitality, their food, and their dancing. If they can just get past the whole plate smashing thing, they would be market leaders in the street food game. This husband and wife team fell in love in Greece, and relocated to Devon, intent on marrying their two cultures together — the best of West Country ingredients with organic herbs and spices from their farm in Samos Island. For the Awards in Falmouth, they are building something new – in a horse box. “We wanted to bring the memories of that little beach side taverna on holiday to our customers minds using handmade olive wood counters, hand painted décor and little trinkets from home. It’s going to take our business to a whole new level.”
How many people can you feed in a day?
Mike says as long “As I have meat and bread I will never stop!!!!”
What is your signature dish?
We have epitomized the Greek Souvlaki pita wrap. We use Devon meats from our local butcher, season it with our own special blend of spices and create a mouthwatering Tzatziki sauce from our family recipe to top it all off. We are working on some special additions for the Awards.
Are you rich?
Big cliché coming…..not cash rich but rich in life. Street food has given us the perfect platform to live out everything we love. Mike cooks, I organize, our daughter laughs. We travel in our camper van through the UK and beyond earning a living and spreading joy with our food. Sounds good to me.
West Country Higgler (DORSET)
The Higgler is an ultra-rare, bare metal Land Rover. Built from scratch. And called Womble. It serves up delicious coffee, made from high altitude, top grade beans, with velvety milk from Craig’s in Dorchester. But you won’t be waiting too long for a brew. “We can put out 80 to 200 coffees per hour depending on our set up” says . “And we don’t need sleep. Obviously”.
Field and Kitchen (DEVON)
Vicki and Jonny – the Field and Kitchen team — only picked up ‘Betty’, their vintage Peugeot market van, last month. There was the inevitable rust to deal with, and a few Gallic issues when it came to the subject of hard work. But now she’s all prepped, and ready to go, with a menu of what is in season, and what is popular. Don’t be surprised if it’s homemade flatbreads, with lamb koftas with homemade houmous, or pork pibil with fresh guacamole and salsa. Try it all.
A mid-life crisis? Maybe. But this husband and wife team have never regretted leaving the security of the corporate environment for the world of festivals and street food. The suppliers that they use are all local to their set up, mostly within ten miles. Examples of their menu include slow cooked, smoked whiskey brisket, served in a wrap with their own slaw and salad or roasted salmon steaks with honey roasted vegetables, served with a dill and horseradish dressing. All for under £5.00 – and handed over with a smile.