Virgin StartUp Foodpreneur Festival 2015 – the winners
Today we’ve celebrated the food startups that make the UK amazing. From homegrown brands looking to grow and conquer the universe, to the stalls spoiling us with choice at weekend street food markets, the UK food scene has never been stronger. Now we’re proud to announce the winners of this year’s Virgin StartUp Foodpreneur Festival 2015.
The street food category, judged by Jessica Tucker of Urban Food Fest and Ross Bailey of Appear Here, celebrates the businesses lighting up the UK street food market. The prizes up for grabs were a week's free pop-up space at Old Street tube station - a location that sees footfall of 70,000 a day - and a rent-free pitch for three months at Urban Food Fest, one of London's leading street food market. And we're psyched to announce that the winners are...
Creating falafel that's wholesome, healthy, and above all tasty, Humpit Hummus is a Leeds-based street food stall with one crucial difference to competitors – their offering is entirely vegan, making it easier to live a plant-based lifestyle without compromising on taste.
The humble British crab is a food that has often been overlooked – until now. CLAW create imaginative and delectable crab-based dishes, from arancini to crab burgers, incorporating fresh British ingredients such as samphire.
The Retail category, judged by UKTI, champions the businesses ready to move forward and take their offering overseas - with the life-changing prize of a trip to the US to pitch to retail giants Target. And the five businesses who've won this opportunity are...
Fed up of processed nut butters full of palm oil, Pip & Nut create fresh, all-natural nut butters - just nuts and a sprinkling of sea salt.
Gone are the days of the substandard mixer. Double Dutch's mixers feature flavour combinations such as pomegranate and basil, adding a delicious twist to your cocktail and ensuring the Tesco Value tonic is banished to the back of the cupboard.
Harry Bromptons create the world's only alcoholic iced tea - and delicious it is too. Not just that, it's also gluten-free and contains no preservatives or artificial nasties.
Caulirice is cauliflower-based rice that cooks in just two and a half minute, comes in multiple flavours, and has 75% less calories than white rise - making it a healthy, low-carb option, as well as a way to get one of your five-a-day.
Caulirice also won the People's Choice Award, chosen by attendees of the event - they had the most unique tweets on their individual hashtag. Congratulations!
Mallow and Marsh sell all-natural marshmallows that are worlds away from the dry flumps you probably grew up with. With luxuriant flavours and the highest-quality ingredients, they're a melt-in-the-mouth grownup treat.
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you so much to everyone who entered the competition and everyone who attended the workshop and event - it truly was a day to remember. Stay tuned for more details about the day...