25th, 26th, 27th June 2019
The toughest street food competition in the world is coming to Portsmouth — and Gunwharf Quays, the South coast’s leading designer shopping outlet, is playing host. The southern heat of the 2019 British Street Food Awards supported by Hellmann’s will see the region’s best traders fighting it out to win your vote. At stake? A place in the national finals in London. And the chance to represent Britain in the European Street Food Awards finals.
It’s all going off on the Bank Holiday weekend. There will be fun for the kids, with music from Wave 105 and a fully-stocked bar – Gunwharf plaza is repurposing itself as the centre of the street food world. For one weekend at least. Lucky punters will enjoy all the competition dishes. If they’re quick. The free tasters — introduced as part of the BSFA’s new ‘mad minute’ — will mean the people of Portsmouth get to try everything before voting.
“Street food is taking over the world” says Richard Johnson, founder of the BSFAs. “And that’s because we are choosing to eat in different ways. We don’t want a fixed starter-main course-dessert menu any more – we want a bit of this and a bit of that. It’s flirty, low-commitment dining, and it’s why pop-ups and street food have become so popular. Street food is making the world a much nicer place to be.”