We’re counting down the days until we get to bring the final of the BIGGEST STREET FOOD COMPETITION IN THE WORLD to Sweden. And the organisers of Malmo’s coolest truck festival will be our hosts. This promises to be one colossal party. BUT FIRST….there are still seven countries left to choose their street food champions. This weekend, traders in Italy, Britain, Sweden, Georgia, Germany (South) and Denmark are cooking up their signature dishes for you, the general public, in an effort to book a place at the finals in our Malmo dockside warehouse. With Hungary leaving it until the weekend after. Brave. Check out who has won through already….
So far, we’ve got a fire truck driving all the way from Bulgaria – to cook thick, juicy rare breed burgers on the grill. There’s a 100% vegan team flying over from Iceland – if ANOTHER of their national airlines doesn’t go bankrupt. Team Russia are bring us the joys of Draniki, a traditional potato pancake, whilst a Moroccan representing North Germany is cooking tfaya in clay tagines, and Team Poland (who ferment their own soy sauce from a special koji strain) steam bento boxes to order. And so much more. The public will get to try Europe’s best street food all in one place. And then vote for their winner. The prize? One HUGE trophy. Oh, a lifetime of bragging rights.
“We’re really excited that the ESFAs are coming to Sweden for the first time this year’ says Linn Möller-Laketic, project manager at Event in Skåne.‘Last year’s extravaganza in Berlin was a huge success – but we will take things to a new level. As pioneers of the street food revolution we love to recognize and celebrate these talented young chefs, and the ESFAs gives us access to the very best that’s out there.”
“Street food is taking over the world” says Richard Johnson, founder of the European Street Food Awards. “And that’s because we are choosing to eat in different ways. We don’t want a fixed starter-main course-dessert menu any more – we want a bit of this and a bit of that. It’s flirty, low-commitment dining, and it’s why pop-ups and street food have become so popular. Street food is making the world a much nicer place to be.”