At the weekend Rob and I went to the Brighton heat of the British Street Awards 2014. I was asked to go along by Cauldron Foods (read my review here) and gladly accepted! I’d been along to the Street Diner, held in the same space, previously and have eaten really lovely food there. So I was keen to go along on Saturday to the awards to taste some of the best street food that Brighton has to offer.
There were about 15 or so stalls, with gorgeous smells and a variety of international cuisines on offer. I went along on behalf of Cauldron Foods to report on the day and interview the awards founder – so I was paying particular attention to some of the vegetarian foods on offer.
But being a pescetarian, this widened my choices a little – but then the gluten intolerance closed them right down again! I did see a Venezuelan stall that had gluten free options, but they all contained meat. This is where Rob ate lunch, actually, he had a tostone which was a bit like a pitta bread and contained pulled pork, plantain, black beans and cheese in a chilli and garlic mayo sauce.
I suppose I could have ordered the same but without the pork, but whenever I order a dish that is deemed vegetarian by simply removing the meat, I always feel a little cheated. It probably won’t have felt substantial enough as it’d be missing the main bulk ingredient. He said it was delicious anyhow.
I went for a seafood paella from Crocus Paella, which was very tasty, so I didn’t feel at all disappointed or at all cheated with my choice.
The awards are all over the UK with various regional heats leading up to the final in Leeds in September. I can’t wait to see who the winners are! FOOD!