ARMED only with some of the best bao buns around, Wallace and Sons are taking on the rest of the UK in the coveted British Street Food Awards – held on Friday and Saturday, September 21-22 at Hawker House in East London’s Canada Wharf.
At stake, a place in the even more prestigious European Street Food shoot-out in Berlin the following Saturday. So there’s a lot hanging on their tiny treats – minibuns of pork, cod and chicken katsu plus their vegan cauliflower bun.
Fellow contestants include another North West fave, Love is Churros from Clitheroe, last seen dishing out their addictive Spanish style fried dough pastries at the recent Festiav of Manchester in Platt Fields.
The only other Mnc link we can see in a 17-strong national line-up is Teeside-based Parm Star UK’s ‘vada parm’ (above), a homage to Bundobust’s vada pav spicy mash burger with a half parmo in the middle.
The two-day BSFA bash will feature a celebrity judging panel (Including Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar) at the big Awards finale, plus guest DJs and, naturally, wel-stocked bars. Plus Mercury-nominated hip hop star Loyle Carner will be cooking for the crowds with his Chilli Con Carner cooking school. A free initiative for young teenagers with ADHD. Loyle and his students will be serving guests tasters at Hawker House on a pay-as-you-feel basis, raising money to grow the school. Tickets are just £5. Get them here.