I love attending events that involve food and when I found out that the northern heats of the British Street Food Awards were happening in Newcastle I went along. The event was taking place in the Boiler Shop in Newcastle, which hosts the monthly Boiler House Steamer Events. The British Street Food Awards involve four regional heats where various street food traders from the region cook up their signature dish. Two winners from each region are chosen, one by public vote and one by a guest judge and they go though to the final heat in London. The northern heats were celebrating the best street food from Scotland and the North and I was looking forward to finding out more. Entry into the British Street Food Festival was £5 which included a drink voucher and a token allowing you to cast your vote for the best food. Sharps Breweries were providing the bar and there was also a secret bar for those in the know. I was lucky enough to find this bar but that is another story.
We wandered around having a good look at the food stalls on show before we made the all important decision about what to eat. Newcastle was well represented with stalls from the Fat Hippo, Papaganoush, Scream For Pizza, Claw Hide and Riley’s Fish Shack. To add to the mix there was Kukoos from Bradford, Bangwok from Leeds, Fire & Salt BBQ co, Bangers and Bacon, both from Manchester, and the Pickled Porker from York. If you fancied a dessert Crema Caravan from Edinburgh or Ginger’s Comfort Emporium from Manchester could oblige.
As you can see the choice of food was difficult, there was so much on offer. My son decided to try a pulled pork slider from the Pickled Porker. I think he was rather taken by the ferret in a flat cap and the little china pig on display on the counter. The slider was pronounced delicious.
For dessert he tried Crema Caravan which did a selection of different flavours of crème brûlée. He chose the original flavour and was delighted when a blow torch was whipped out in order to brûlée the top. The dessert was gorgeous, rich and creamy.
I chose a wrap from Papaganoush but was hungry so I didn’t take a photo. It was lovely, filled with flavoured salad and smoky meat. We debated trying an ice cream from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium but didn’t in the end.
The winner of the northern heats of the British Street Food Awards was Riley’s Fish Shack. When I first arrived they were not quite set up and then there was a really big queue so I didn’t get to try them. I really liked the sound of their mackerel wrap. I did spot them at the Jesmond Food Market when I visited so will have to pop back there next month to see if they are there.