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It’s flirty, low-commitment dining, and it’s why pop-ups and street food have become so popular. It’s a much nicer way to eat.
Street Food in Europe is about to get serious with the launch of the inaugural European Street Food Awards – ESFAs - this May, marking the sucess of the informal food revolution that has captivated foodies across the old continent.
“Street food is taking over,” says Richard Johnson, founder of the European Street Food Awards (ESFAs) which first set out in th UK “And that’s because we are choosing to eat in different ways. Sometimes we don’t want a fixed starter-main-dessert-style menu any more – we want a bit of this and a bit of that."
Throughout the summer of, 2017, national championships will take place in various countries across Europe including: Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sweden, France and the UK, with more to be announced. Each country will compete for their own national titles, with a smorgasboard of global food offerings in the running.
How to Vote for your Favourite Street Food
Members of the public will be invited to vote for their favourite via the new European St. Food app, download here, complete with live GPS maps indicating the best street food locations as well as which stalls are open where and when.
The title of the European champion will be announced at Berlin's Bite Club in September following a giant cook-off amongst Europe's best traders who will try to win over the public and Michelin starred chefs. By the end of the weekend a winner will be crowned complete with a party extravaganza to mark the finale including DJs, food seminars, fire pits and a floating bar.
“This new way of eating is all about coming together and sharing food,” says Johnson. “In a world like ours, that feels like a positive message right now.”