On Saturday 3rd September, visitors at the Festival can enjoy the best of the country’s street food as the British Street Food Awards hosts its first ever heat in Northern Ireland, thanks to Food NI and Tourism NI! In one almighty food fight, 12 street food traders are going head-to-head to win your vote in the Fort Field. Come and let them persuade you!

The finest traders in Britain (and beyond) have been cooking up a storm to win the British Street Food Awards since 2010. But this will be the first ever Northern Ireland heat.

Rocket and Relish from Belfast represented the country back in 2010, but the Hillsborough heats will shine a light on the new generation of Northern Ireland’s street food talent. Come and vote for your favourite. Street food is the most important trend in British food for years. It’s young, it’s cool, and – served out of customised vans, trucks and trailers – it’s exciting. Big name critics, chefs and TV foodies have always been involved. Everyone from Mark Hix to Marco Pierre White, Tom Parker Bowles and MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire recognise that street food is where it’s happening. And that it’s only going to get bigger. The trend for informal, fun eating is here to stay. 2016 is proving an exciting year for British Street Food, as they continue to grow the movement. They are franchising street food brands for London’s Euston Station as well as running the world’s first street food mall in Leeds’ Trinity Kitchen, driving a street food roadshow across Scotland and the North of England with British Land and – later in 2016 – taking over the country’s pub kitchens. They can’t wait to work with the very best that Ireland has to offer.

All visitors will be able to choose their favourite, and the Street Food trader with the most votes will proceed to the British Street Food Awards final in Birmingham later on in September. All Street Food traders will be also judged by a celebrity judge on the day of the event. Come and vote for your favourite!’