Scottish Street Food Awards heat old rivalries as pop-ups prepare for cook-off

Ginger & Chilli prep underway

The British Street Food Awards (BSFA) return to Edinburgh next month with the winners of the Scottish heat headed for the UK finals and perhaps on to the European Street Food Awards in Berlin.

The event will take place on May 4-6, from 11am until 10pm at the Food and Flea Market in Sibbald Square, backing onto the Royal Mile  when the best traders in the country going head-to-head in a public vote.

Glasgow entries include Fatboys, resident in the Broadcast kitchen at the minute, as well as Asian fusion pop up Ginger & Chilli and Chick + Pea and ShrimpWreck, who split their time between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

There are a few more familiar vendors in there, with Ròst, and Crema Caravan regularly popping up at Glasgow events.

Members of the public will judge them alongside street food traders from across Scotland – and if they’re quick, they’ll get free tasters, introduced as part of BSFA’s new ‘mad minute’ so that voters can try everything before they have a say.

Helping with the judging this year is Dale Mailley, head chef at The Gardeners Cottage in Edinburgh.

“It’s the right time for the Scottish Street Food Awards,” said Richard Johnson, founder of the BSFAs. “Scotland has always done really well in the Awards, with its natural larder, and we really want to showcase all the excellent new talent here.

“Street food is taking over the world, and that’s because we are choosing to eat in different ways. Even at places like The Gardener’s Cottage.

“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.”

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