Chefs from across Wales are cooking-off against each other next weekend in the Welsh Street Food Awards.
Six vendors have made the shortlist of the awards and the Welsh winner will go through to compete in the British Street Food Awards in London next month.
The Welsh Street Food Awards supported by Hellmann’s will be hosted by Street Food Cardiff on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 when the shortlisted traders will go head to head to impress customers and judges Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn, the duo behind the award-winning Hangfire Southern Kitchen in Barry.
Everyone who books a table and eats from the shortlisted traders during the weekend will also be able to cast their votes.
Richard Johnson, founder of the British Street Food Awards said: “Street Food is the food people want to eat right now – served up in the way people want to eat it. Informally, in the open air or in big high-ceilinged warehouses.”
The Welsh event will take place at Talbot Gardens – a large backyard site off Cathedral Road in Pontcanna – from noon to 10.30pm on the Saturday and Sunday.
People can reserve tables for between four and six people in two-hour time slots and it’s £10 a table. You can book here.
Competing for the Welsh Street Food Awards are…
Run by husband and wife, Nick and Karolina, Bao Selecta was established in 2016 after Nick made bao buns for a dinner party and they were a hit.
Specialising in Taiwanese street food, the baos are fluffy steamed buns, generously loaded with a range of fillings and dressings.
Their local greengrocer, Birds of Cardiff, provides fresh seasonal ingredients whenever available.
Where? Check out the Bao Selecta Instagram page for more.
JOL’s from Merthyr Tydfil started trading in 2014 offering up a restaurant menu with a street food twist.
Chef Jamie O’Leary also launched Patagonia, the street food brand which won him the Wales and the West heat of the British Street Food Awards in 2015, The texture of his buttery soft 72-hour ribs might have been down to the use of sous vide. But the flavour, however, was all about the green, green grass of home.
Where? 30-31 High Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8DP.
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John and Ceri Cook decided to launch Kapow Ribs early in 2020 – right at the start of lockdown. They already had their logo designed and events booked in so they thought rather than the people going to them, they would take their ribs to customers.
Customers on social media even compared getting a successful Kapow Rib order with ordering Glastonbury tickets. Now the couple have launched a new website and employed their own delivery driver.
Where? Visit https://www.facebook.com/kapow.ribs for more.
The family business run by Roger and Ruth Hanson has grown over the last three years as they have developed the flavours they have discovered in Malaysia.
The winners of the People’s Choice at the 2019 Welsh Street Food Awards want to go one better this year – and become Welsh champions.
The start of 2020 saw the couple introduce their new van Eddie to the world and make another trip to Malaysia before lockdown.
Where? Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/Makasihstreetfood/
That Street Food Van
That Street Food Van is a Mexican Street Food kitchen on wheels run by Stacie Hill and Curtis Lear.
Mainly operating in and around Cardiff, their journey began when they started attending local street food festivals and were instantly drawn to the friendliness of the traders and the food they were cooking up in the confines of their trucks and stalls.
The couple now have a full menu of tacos and quesadillas, carne con chile, elotes and empanadas – plus a book full of other Mexican dishes they have discovered along the way.
Where? Visit https://www.thatstreetfood.co.uk/about
The Queen Pepiada
Where? Visit https://tqpepiada.com/
Arepas – a cross between pita pockets, corn muffins, white corn cakes and cornmeal patties – are a Venezuelean staple and a street food classic.
Regular visitors to Street Food Circus events, The Queen Pepiada, and their bright yellow truck, aim to provide a “Caribbean royal experience” for customers.