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The Toughest Street Food Competition In The World Is Coming To Derby

Published On Wednesday 6 Jun 2018 by Sticky Beak
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The toughest street food competition in the world is coming to Derby. And Bustler, the city’s award-winning street food events company, are playing hosts. Some of the best traders in the UK will be fighting it out to win the public vote at the central heats of the British Street Food Awards. At stake?  A place in the UK finals. And the chance to represent Britain in the European Street Food Awards finals in Berlin.

It’s all going off at the Bustler Street Food market on the weekend of June 15/16. Indoors, but with a large outdoor seating area overlooking a wonderful stretch of the River Derwent, the market is being repurposed as the centre of the street food world – for one weekend at least. Lucky punters will enjoy tasters of 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 Derby get to try everything before voting.

Bustler was started by Olivia Pritchard, who runs the city’s Hide Burger Bar, Ben Edmonds, a master knife maker with the amazing Blok knives, and street food loving locals Tom Erskine and Stu Costen, and it’s already grown into a traders’ favourite. Lee from Baked In Brick, the current European Street Food champions, did good business there, and loved the Bustler team. “They don’t scrimp” he says, “and they are all about the traders doing well.”

Tom Erskine is excited to make the magic happen. "With Bustler just one year old in June we are incredibly excited to have been asked to host the British Street Food Awards. Street food has proved to be extremely popular in Derby and we are thrilled to be putting it on the map as part of the Awards. This will be our biggest event to date and we have no doubt it will also be the best. If you are into having a great time with music, food and drink, you cannot afford to miss this!”

“Street food is taking over the world” says Richard Johnson, founder of the British Street Food Awards. “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.”

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