On the 2nd of September 2017 the organisers of the city picnic Street Food Weekend announced the winner of the Russian Street Food Awards which were held for the first time. The awards aim to choose the best street food project in the country and act as a national stage of the European Street Food Awards.
The winner was selected by the professional jury, consisting of Igor Bukharov, president of the Federation of Restaurateurs & Hoteliers of Russia; Liudmila Salnikova, vice editor-in-chief of the Gastronom magazine; Ksenia Karaulova, owner of the Moscow restaurants Buloshnaya. Leonid Gelibterman, president of the International Center of Wine and Gastronomy, headed the jury.
Twenty six different projects took part in the competition and gave one street food dish to the jury to judge. Several criteria were used, among them taste, «Russianness», design of the dish and of the whole project. Based of degustations and hours of discussions the jury gave the first prize to the first-timers of the street food movement – Bykov Bar from Kaliningrad.
They served light-salted Murmansk codfish with jacket potatoes which impressed the jury. The second prize was given to the Moscow based project Dagestanskaya lavka (Dagestan small shop in Russian) who cook traditional pies from the Caucasus region. The Kaliningrad project Mesto Testo got the third award for their pot pies inspired by the food culture of the Volga river.
Now the first two winners – Bykov Bar and Dagestanskaya lavka – have an opportunity to come to the European Street Food Awards final which will take place in Berlin at the end of September. This event will bring together winners from different countries of the continent who will fight for the title of the best street food project in Europe.