28 May 2015
Wales & the West heats of the British Street Food Awards
On the 5th of June till the 7th, the British Street Food Festival arrives in Cardiff. The finest street food traders battle it out to be the winner of the Wales and West of England heat. A couple of categories will be decided by you, the public, so grab your ticket now!
Based at Street Food Circus in John Street. A ten minute walk from Cardiff Central train station.
So now we've whetted your appetite, here is a brief introduction to some of the Welsh competitors who will be hoping to walk away with a win in the capital:
Purple Poppadom, Cardiff by Purple Poppadom
High-end Indian, pushing out a menu that changes with the seasons. This is street food with stars, from a restaurant that is Michelin and Good Food Guide listed, as well as Welsh Curry House of the Year 2013. Which explains the ambitions to do more than just serve dun-coloured stews or be constrained by standard repertoire.
Cafe Môr, Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire by The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company
The Godfather of Welsh street food. Jonathan Williams is a street food legend from the coast of Pembrokeshire, where he still likes to park up, forage a while and talk about seaweed. Oh, and if you’re lucky, share a tale or two about the time he won the 2011 British Street Food Awards, as well as the BBC Food & Farming award for 'Best Street food/Take Away in the UK' in 2014.
Fingers crossed he’ll be trading from his Beach Shack, made from driftwood which has survived hurricanes, tidal waves and sea monsters. "It’s been hand-crafted by grand masters of wood who have long beards, checked shirts and little yellow chewed up pencils behind their ears" says Jonathan. "Mermaids have lovingly painted it in the colours of the sea and so if you listen closely you can still hear them singing."
Wild Fig by British Street Food Festival
Street food traders that live on a fruit farm - a match made in heaven. Wild Fig served their ice lollies at street food events last summer, but for the British Street Food Awards they are bringing their little vintage van with brûlées and ice cream sandwiches.
Slow Pig by British Street Food Festival
What makes Slow Pig different, is that all the meat on the menu, pork or lamb, is farmed by the team in the kitchen. Which explains why they don’t want to faff around with too many sauces and reductions. Their crispy pig burger creates a bit of a stir wherever it goes, tender shredded pork in a crispy panko crumb, topped off with an apple slaw in a brioche bun. Not one for the faint hearted. But the pork shepherd’s pie is a pretender to the crispy pig’s crown.
This is controversial fried chicken. Brined, buttermilked and secretly spiced, it’s as crunchy as you like. The logo attracts the eye, but it’s the chicken that keeps you coming back for more.
Third wave beach burgers, inspired by a visit to the west coast of America. The menu is all, like, totally awesome but go for the Bloody Mary chuck muffin on Sunday morning and you’ll forget the night before.