Street Food rewards
So I (in my capacity as owner of Market Buzz) and my obsession with good food, no matter where its found, have allied myself with my friend Sherif (he runs Streetnights for the past three years) to introduce Street Food awards. We are collaborating with some serious foodies to find these but allowing some of the local food trucks and related businesses that have been at any of the street food festivals including Taste of Dubai or Dubai Food Festival or Streetnights for that matter to step up and raise their voices above the noise.
This is a growing movement (not quite like the back alleys of Thailand or Egypt) in the GCC region and while its still at very early stages, we think we should give them some recognition and encourage the movement as much as we can. Hopefully, it will get to the stages of places like the rest of the world and manage to make it accessible and easy.
The inaugural awards will be next year during Dubai Food Festival but while all the nitty gritty details of where and when are being worked out, we are looking for nominations. So if you know a homegrown brand that offers "streetfood" (in my personal definition, easy to put together and eat by the roadside, delicious and, usually, representative of the local communities), then point them in the direction of the nomination form.
There are ten categories to choose from: Best Sandwich, Best Wrap, Best Snack / Side Dish, Best Vegetarian Dish, Best Dessert, Best Main Dish, Best Original Drink, Best Use of Social Media, Best New Street Food Concept, Best Food Truck and there will be a Fan Favorite (People's Choice) towards the end of the campaign.
So go on, share with your favourite street food outlet or food truck.