Mayfield is to host the finals of the British Street Food Awards next month following the ongoing success of the GRUB Food Fair.

Housed within the Mayfield Depot, the awards will welcome the 17 best street food traders who have secured a place at the national finals following a series of regional heats.

Over the weekend of September 16th, free tasting samples will be provided by the traders as they vie for the nationwide culinary title.

Two overall winners will go on to represent the UK at the inaugural European Street Food Awards which take place in Berlin in October.

Judges, including Andi Oliver from the BBC’s Great British Menu will sample dishes from the finalists including Manchester’s own Chaart Cart and Dim Sum Su.

Founded in 2009 by food critic and journalist Richard Johnson, the British Street Food awards are a celebration of a new, informal, less stuffy, approach to dining.

He said: “Street food is taking over,”

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.

Jason Bailey, founder of GRUB said “We’ve worked hard for the last three years to build our events and Manchester’s street food scene so it’s a massive honour for us and a great acknowledgement of our home city to be hosting the British Street Food Award final. It’s going to be magic.”

The event is ticketed and people are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets cost £5 and are available here.