Pay tribute to your favourite takeaway or street food in Hull and East Riding with our 2018 awards

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 29 Mar 2018

Takeaways are a godsend when you’ve had a busy week and can’t be bothered with all the washing up, or if the electricity is on the blink and you can’t get the oven going.

But just because we are ordering food straight to our door, it doesn’t mean we deserve any less of a quality than the food we get in a restaurant.

As well as takeaways, there is also the brilliance of street food vendors, who supply us with no end of creative lunchtime treats or culinary sensations alongside the city’s biggest events.

Now, it is your turn to thank them for all they do in our Food & Awards 2018.

Celebrating our fabulous foodie scene, The Hull Daily Mail Food & Drink Awards in association with Turner Price will pay tribute to all the innovative and hardworking people who are behind it.

The awards will let the people of Hull and East Riding have their say and pick those who are creating the city’s finest culinary delights.

The Street Food/Pop up of the Year award is sponsored by Hull Culture & Leisure, a company who our city would be a very boring place without.

Street food is being dished up for the latest event at Zebedee's Yard (Image: Hull Daily Mail)

This team of hard workers, including awards judge Mitch Upfold, make our city great through the museums and galleries, sports arena, leisure centres, parks, libraries and so much more.

For this category, we want to award those who provide the best food for these incredible events.

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If the frenetic pace of modern life has a silver lining, it’s surely the rise and rise of good food on the go - the busier we are, the greater the demand for on-the-doorstep street food and impromptu pop ups.

Hull and East Riding has become a real hub for this brand of foodie enterprise with events such as The Yum Festival and Hull Street Food Nights rising in popularity.

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The winner of this award will be someone who’s ploughing their own culinary furrow – and bringing something top quality and truly unique to the table. They don’t just eat and drink their product, they live and breathe it.

Read more: This new oriental street-food restaurant is opening soon - and it looks fantastic

Takeaway of the Year is sponsored by Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School, who pride themselves on exceptional quality and expertise, and their backing proves takeaways don’t have to mean substandard cuisine.

Takeaways don’t always get the best press but there are some awesome ones out there. We’re looking for an enterprise that proves the naysayers wrong – by offering fresh and delicious dishes, made with skill and quality ingredients, and served with speed and a smile.

There'll be a feast with the Feastival (Image: Hull Daily Mail)

We’re looking for quality on all fronts. Whether it sells stellar stone baked pizzas, burgers made from best Abderdeen Angus, fish fried in brilliant beer batter, curries cooked to cracking family recipes or dinky dim-sum steamed to perfection, if you’ve got the place on speed dial, we want to know why.

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The deadline for nominations is Sunday, April 1. Once shortlists have been decided for each category our expert judges will pay the businesses a surprise visit.

Our panel includes Hull-born Bake Off winner, Nancy Birtwhistle, who triumphed on the show in 2014.

Hull Street Food Nights returns at Zebedee's Yard

Joining her will be restaurateur Chris Harrison, who will be ineligible from entering the awards, Mitch Upfold from Hull Culture and Leisure and our very own Hannah Robinson.

The winners will then be announced at a glittering awards evening taking place at The DoubleTree by Hilton on Thursday, May 24.

To nominate click here.

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