This weekend, Leeds played host to one of the most exciting foodie events in the UK: the British Street Food Awards, a three-day extravaganza of food and drink bringing the best of the best to our fair city. It's not surprise really, Leeds has been championing street food for months (if not years) and some of the most celebrated street food vendors hail from here. Unsurprisingly, I snapped up a ticket almost straight away and eagerly checked the listings to see what culinary delights were on offer.
It was a food-lover's paradise, with some incredibly exciting menus tempting you from all angles. Sadly, we couldn't have one of everything - funds and stomach capacity are limiting things - so it was paramount to choose wisely. After much deliberation I got stuck into a soft-shell crab burger from The Crabbieshack, topped with sweetcorn salsa and lobster mayonnaise and some pork & black pudding dumplings from Dorshi (which I've been craving ever since they left Trinity Kitchen). The dumplings were just as good as I remembered, if not better, and although the crab burger was incredibly messy to eat it was also incredibly good.
Between us, we managed to try quite a few things - a black bean and chocolate soup, some avocado toast, a brisket burger with the hottest sauce known to man, a chapasty and yet more dumplings - but sadly we weren't quick enough on the draw so by the time it came for round two, a lot of places had run out of the most popular items. Which meant that I didn't get to try the ox cheek bun from eventual winners Fu-Schnickens but thankfully they hang around this neck of the woods so I'm hoping to stumble across them again.
However, that little niggle aside, it was a lovely night with some lovely people and some lovely food, and you can't say fairer than that. Events like this give me the warm fuzzies for Leeds and its fantastic food scene, which is only going from strength to strength. Next time, I'll be there on day one so I don't miss a bite of anything!
You can see all the winners on the British Street Food awards website - be sure to check them out if you see them around town!