A TRINIDADIAN food delivery service in Eastleigh has been named the best street food vendor in Hampshire at a special awards ceremony. 

Down D’ Islands, which produces delicious and traditional Trinidadian food delivered to your door as well as popping up at various Hampshire events, scooped both Best Overall Street Vendor and Best Vegetarian Cuisine at the Hampshire Street Food Awards.

Other category winners included Southampton's own Arty-Stan Pizza, Partners in Coffee, also based in the city, Pirates Pasties of Hamble, Baker & White at Cheesefoot Head near Winchester and Potty for Puds in Whiteley.

Street food vendors from throughout Hampshire were recognised for their skills serving up the best food-to-go at a ceremony held at the Outside In Food Court in Portsmouth.

Eighteen awards were handed out to a range of small businesses that serve food and drink on the go at festivals and events throughout the UK.

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Hampshire Street Food Awards founder and event organiser Jeremy Gaskin presented the winners with a certificate and a unique duck-shaped trophy to recognise their efforts. Each trophy was personalised to suit the award category - for example, the drinks award was a wine bottle holder in the shape of a duck.

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The winners celebrated by indulging in some tasty treats while mingling with other foodies. 

Entrants were judged by a panel of experts including MasterChef semi-finalist Luke Bryan, Britain’s Best Home Cook quarter-finalist Katie Davies and ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish Susie Carter.

Event organiser Jeremy said: "It was a fantastic evening celebrating and recognising the brilliant food vendors right on our doorstep in Hampshire.

"Huge congratulations goes out to all of the vendors crowned as winners, but especially Down D’Islands."

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Jeremy set up the Hampshire Street Food Awards in 2019 with the goal to celebrate and reward all of the hard work that goes on in the Hampshire food industry.

The Big Eat festival which took place in June at the Royal Victoria Country Park fed nearly 8,000 visitors and the hugely popular event is now set to return in 2023.

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