— 10 Jul 2017, 11:19 by Hugh Thomas
What’s your ideal beach party? Is it the one involving food trucks? And a cinema?
If so, you’re in luck. On July 30, the British Street Food Awards’ London and the South heat takes place right on the sand and shingle of Brighton beach. There’ll be 16 traders – from Mac To The Future and their Marmite, harissa, and chilli mac n’ cheese, to Stickybundits’ sticky slow-cooked pork belly rice burgers – battling it out for your vote to see which trader is the best in the region.
Wanna know who we’ll be egging on? Only Boxpark Shoreditch’s favourite loaded chips purveyors Poptata. That’s right – Poptata’s golden-fried cuboids could well be crowned as one of Britain’s finest street foods. Here’s hoping those infamous chip poachers – aka seagulls – will be kept at bay.
The show’s being put on by the lovely people at Big Beach Screen. That’s Ratatouille, Willy Wonka, and the street food favourite Chef – among others. Better still? Traders will be coming up with specials linked to the films on show, so fully expect it to be raining meatballs. If you catch my drift.
If you’re already following the British Street Food Awards, you’ll know the gravity of the situation. But this time around, things are hotting up a little. The steaks are being raised, so to speak.
That’s because this year is the inaugural year of the European Street Food Awards, where traders from Holland, France, Italy, Germany, Britain, and Copenhagen come face-to-face, each with the hope of emerging as the street food champion of Europe. But to have a chance of reaching the final in Berlin, they have to win their regional – and national – heats first. So then, Brighton, Europe watches on. Could we be seeing Poptata in the German capital?