Jul 10 2015

British Street Food Festival in Newcastle 18-19 July


Three restaurants in Newcastle have been chosen to battle it out to see who will represent the region at the finals of the 2015 British Street Food Awards in September.

Newcastle offers a world-class night out. It’s official – right up there with Rio and New Orleans. So the city’s take on street food was always going to be something special.

The event will take place July 18/19 — Saturday 12-11.30pm and Sunday 12-10pm at The Boiler Shop, Sussex Street, Newcastle, NE1 3PD.

At the Boiler Shop – a listed building, and the birthplace of Robert Stephenson’s Rocket – they celebrate creativity and innovation. Where better for us to hold the Scotland and the North heats of The British Street Food Awards – on one of their legendary Steamer weekends? With DJs and live music acts from Universal Music.

During the day, we’ll put out huge family tables, heaving with some of the best street food you’ve ever seen, alongside live newspaper reviews and food quizzes.

At night-time, we’ll up the volume, open the heavy wooden doors, and the smells of whisky, barbecue and beer will fill the joint.

They are 12 traders in Scotland and the North taking part – they’re all doing competition tasters, and they want your vote. Choose who represents the region at the finals of the 2015 British Street Food Awards in September. It will be special! More info on the north (Newcastle) heat.

Tickets on sale on the entrance but also via (Tickets include a FREE Pint)

Vendors taking part include in Newcastle:

Riley’s Fish Shack (Newcastle)

Trading from their bbq bicycle, Riley’s specialise in charcoal grilled fish and shellfish. From mackerel wraps with their own special ‘Hepplewhite’s Relish’ (a smoky chip sauce) to a whole chili lobster. It’s true — the greatest elegance comes with simplicity.

Scream For Pizza (Newcastle) Sunday Only

Meet Goldie – a J7 vintage Peugeot aka The Scream Wagon. She is gobsmakingly gold with red and mint green trim, and is the pride and joy of Alex and Victoria. Their motto? “To Gold-ly go where no van has gone before”. Goldie is best known for serving up Neapolitan pizza with a twist, but people go mad for The Mountie — mild gouda, smoked pancetta from a local farm and drizzled in maple syrup. There is talk of a Crasta Crab Thermidor for the British Street Food Awards. Come and see if that’s just idle gossip. Most unusual request? “Can I have a pizza please.  Without cheese, tomato or any toppings…”

Claw Hide (Newcastle)

Steak is more than a food – it’s a life philosophy. Seated at life’s dining table (we tend to go on like this after a glass of red) our eyes may wander over what else is on offer. But we always come back for steak. At Claw Hide, it’s chargrilled flat iron steak – juicy as you like — in a wood-fired flatbread. Plus something of the sea, if you’re a surf and turf fan. One of the simplest meals to prepare – yet somehow one of the hardest to get absolutely right. Not using a hot enough pan, turning the steak too many times, not allowing it to rest….why not leave it to the experts?

Each vendor will have special £3 food tasters over the weekend…yum yum!


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