British Street Food Awards 2016
Things to do in Birmingham vol.3
If you didn’t make it down to this years British Street Food Awards then you seriously missed out. This year the event was held in our great city, hosted by none other than Digbeth Dining Club. The two day event was a huge success.
In order to keep the day as family friendly as possible I was asked to arrange a few child friendly activities. If you were at the awards, you might have spotted me in the corner surrounded by children of various ages exercising their creativity in numerous (and sometimes slightly disturbing) ways.
I have a two year old myself and, believe it or not, my interests did not change when I had him. I still loved music, I still loved food, I still loved hanging out in cool places with friends. I was certainly not ready for my life, and idea of a good time, to stop. There was just one problem – kids get bored so easily.
So how do you overcome this problem where thousands upon thousands of parents are missing out? Simple, just give their kids something to do.
It was great to see the little ones getting involved – alternately munching on award winning street cuisine, cracking jokes in the photo booth (courtesy of Birmingham based Festival Booth) and creating masterpieces from Play Dough, pipe cleaners and lollipop sticks. Parents were able to relax and soak in the atmosphere without the added stress of a grumpy toddler. Everyone had a fantastic time.
Obviously, I can’t write about an event like this without mentioning the food. As you would expect, it was fantastic. There were so many great dishes on offer that it’s hard to choose one. But, to choose is exactly what everyone was there for. In order to make an informed decision it seemed that everyone felt it was their duty to sample as much as possible (that was certainly my excuse).
In amongst the winners were local favourites Buddha Belly (People’s Choice) and Baked in Brick (Overall Winner) – congratulations guys, I look forward to seeing you at Digbeth Dining Club soon.
The whole event was set to a background of great sound including Leftfoot DJ’s, DDC Residents and Jam Jah Sound, plus live music from Call Me Unique. Five separate bars, retro Gaming from Dead Pixels, and a rooftop terrace completed the event.