As you might have guessed, here at Tower HQ we’re quite the connoisseurs when it comes to culinary delights. In fact, even when we’re not bringing you awesome recipes and sharing product knowledge with you, we’re still on the job sniffing out food events, new and exciting mealtime ideas, and pretty much anything that sets off our foodie sensors.

Street food is a particular favorite of ours and given that more and more of you are getting in on the urban, face-filling action, we thought it’d be a good idea to tip you off about some of our favorite street food festivals happening in Britain this year. So, if you like nothing more than sampling delicious artisan creations from around the world in a sociable, urban setting, read on and tuck in!

Grillstock

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What is it?  BBQ-focused food festival featuring live music, eating competitions, bars, circus acts and a whole lot more.

Where is it? Manchester and Bristol.

When is it?  30 – 31 May 2015 (Manchester, Albert Square) 11 -12 July 2015  (Bristol, Harbourside) 

Free Entry? Earlybird tickets available now priced £20 (Saturday) £15 (Sunday) £25 (Weekend Ticket) and £50 (Pit Crew Ticket).

Grillstock’s website describes the annual event (now in its sixth year) as a “two-day festival of meat, music and mayhem” and having been in attendance at the last one, we can definitely say that’s an accurate description! Held in Bristol’s bar-packed Harbourside area and Manchester’s Albert Square, visitors to Grillstock can expect to enjoy over 25 live music acts across two stages, ‘dive-bar cool’ and craft beers courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery and most importantly, hundreds of stalls and food hawkers bringing you the best in Cajun, BBQ and deep-south inspired street food. There’s even a ‘King of The Grill’ competition in which 27 BBQ competition teams battle it out over seven rounds aiming to woo the judges with their chicken, ribs, brisket and pulled pork!

Urban Food Fest

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What is it? Street food night market held every Saturday night in two locations and featuring 15 forever changing street food stalls/trucks, craft beers, entertainment and ‘specialist urban cocktails’.

Where is it? Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6HU and Euro Car Parks, 2-6 Bridgewater Street, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LY. 

When is it? Every Saturday night from 28 March 2015 (London) and every Saturday night from 28 February 2015  (Manchester).

Free entry? Yes.

What better way to spend your Saturday night than wandering around a trendy part of London or Manchester and sampling delicious street food from all over the world? Urban Food Fest has featured as the Daily Telegraph’s ‘Number 1 Thing To Do’ and has been described by Cosmopolitan as ‘an amazing street food party’ and given there’s an ever-evolving line-up of vendors and cuisine, we can see why. Positioned right in the heart of the cities the event is held in – Shoreditch is located on the edge of London’s ‘Square Mile’ and Deansgate is five minutes’ walk from Manchester City Centre – Urban Food Fest offers visitors the chance to enjoy delicious global street food, ethnic cuisine and craft beers, all in a late-night, laid-back environment.

Sheffield Food Festival

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What is it? Three day bank holiday festival located in the heart of the Steel City that regularly attracts 200,000+ visitors over the course of the event’s duration.

Where is it? Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

When is it? May Bank Holiday 23 -25 May 2015.

Free entry? Yes.

The perfect antidote to traipsing around the shops or lounging around in a public house over the May bank Holiday, Sheffield Food Festival has something for even the most discerning of foodies. Held across numerous locations in Sheffield City Centre including the beautiful Winter Gardens, Millennium Square and St. Paul’s Place, this event celebrates the best of local produce as well as those from further afield. Expect hundreds of stalls selling everything from traditional Yorkshire puds stuffed with locally sourced lamb, right through to Lebanese and eastern European foods. You won’t go short of liquid refreshment either thanks to a host of micro-breweries including the acclaimed Abbyedale and Kelham Island Breweries, and an eclectic line-up of musical acts across the three days means you’ll always be entertained.

Those are our favourites listed but if you know of any we might have missed feel free to hit us up on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll do our best to include them in our next round-up.

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