A SECOND Big Eat Festival is to be held in Southampton in 2023 after the huge success of the inaugural foodie-loving event.

Hampshire Street Food’s Big Eat Festival earlier this month fed nearly 8,000 at Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley.

Visitors were delighted to indulge in some of Hampshire’s finest street food.

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A panel of expert judges including MasterChef semi-finalist Luke Bryan, award-winning business owner Lulu Whitmore, Britain’s Best Home Cook quarter-finalist Katie Davies and ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish Susie Carter determined this year’s winners of the Hampshire Street Food Awards.

Event organiser Jeremy Gaskin told the Daily Echo: "The Big Eat was an absolutely fantastic event, it couldn’t have gone better. I was thrilled with the number of people that came along, showed their support and tucked into some great food.

"A huge thank you to everyone. We are yet to confirm the date for next year but the Big Eat will definitely be back, even bigger and better."

Daily Echo:

Jeremy set up the Hampshire Street Food Awards in 2019 with the goal to celebrate modern street food.

The winners were: Best Dessert - The Cookie Queen UK, Best Burger - Fine Dining Catering, Best Pizza - Arty-Stan Pizza, Best Hot Drinks - Partners In Coffee, Best Savoury Dish - Pirate Pasties, Best Gluten Free Dish - Hey Spud, Best Vegan Cuisine - Roots Vegan, Best Vegetarian Cuisine - Down D’ Islands, Best Bar Vendor - Portsmouth Distillery, Best International Street Food Vendor - Phat Chicken, Best Looking Street Food Vendor - Focaccia Co, Noisy Neighbour - Fries Love, Community Contribution Award - Bakers and White, and Fan Favourite - Tuck Inn.

Daily Echo:

Best Overall Street Vendor was scooped by Down D'Islands while the other award winners were: Best Innvoation - Awesome Gelato, Global Conservation - Gorilla Spirits and Best Pudding - Potty for Puds. 

A presentation evening for winners will be held on July 5.

Profits were donated to four local charities, Hounds Basic Food Bank, MOTIV8 Life Chances for young people, Music:Fusion and Tonic Music for Mental Health.



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