The South will be flexing its culinary muscles over the coming bank holiday weekend, as the last of the British Street Food Award heats are held in Cornwall.
Falmouth’s Events Square will be the centre of the action and is expected to be packed with visitors looking for their next gourmet fix.
They will have a choice of 13 cuisines, including elegant kebabs from Devon’s The Posh Kebab Company and barbecued meat courtesy of the Cornish Inkie’s Smokehouse. And those with a sweet tooth won’t be neglected, as Somerset’s Vee Double Moo is promising scoops of delicious ice-cream.
After all that, attendees will be able to finish things off with a strong coffee from Dorset trader West Country Higgler while listening to live music.
“I certainly think there is a British way of doing these things,” said Richard Johnson, founder of the awards. “There’s a third way between the showiness of the Americans and the purity of what they do in the Far East. British food, by its very nature, is cosmopolitan; it draws from lots of different food cultures and that works very well when it comes to street food.”
Mr Johnson added: “I think the best thing about this particular heat is probably a refusal to faff around with nature’s bounty. If you’ve got a great piece of fish, a great piece of meat, you don’t drown it in sauce. Because you’re never far from the sea here, and you’re never far from great pastures, thank God there is a refusal to mess around with food.”
Trader Nick Archer, 32, has taken advantage of Cornwall’s produce for his stall, The Shellfish Pig, which he set up with his fiancée, Nikki Brown, last year. Based in Falmouth, they source their ingredients from suppliers within six miles of the town and grow their own salad vegetables on an allotment.
After the 13 traders have served up their goods over the weekend, the public will vote to put one of them through to the final. Head chef Andy Appleton from Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen Cornwall will select a second trader to go through.
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