Street Food Live is happening 25th and 26th September at EXCEL in London. It is Europe’s only event dedicated to reimagining the street food sector and its businesses. SFL are serving up some of the best keynote speakers in the fastest growing food industry. Here at SFW, we’ve narrowed it down to 5 that we think are a must see.
1. Alana Spencer – From the Board Room to the Bakery
Alana Spencer, from West Wales, is founder of Ridiculously Rich; a business making luxury handmade cakes. Having secured popularity with delicatessens and food festivals across the UK, in 2016 she took her business idea to The Apprentice. Having beaten the 17 other candidates and become Lord Alan Sugar’s business partner, she has now taken on over 50 brand ambassadors and is growing her company in a very different way to most.
In her seminar, Alana will talk about her business journey; growing from a small business in her parents’ kitchen, to a partnership with one of world’s biggest business names.
Whilst it is unlikely that we’ll become Lord Sugar’s new business partner anytime soon, Alana’s story is certainly one to listen to.
Find Alana at: Keynote 4 – Wednesday 11:00-11:30
2. Peter Lloyd – My Street Food Journey
Peter Lloyd is head chef and owner of London-based south-east Asian restaurant Sticky Mango, and new pop-up restaurant Kama Sushi. He went to number 1 on TripAdvisor in London in 3 months, and his first restaurant has proven exceedingly popular. Inspired by his extensive travels across South-East Asia, Lloyd reimagines street food classic into fine dining. His new venture will be located at thefront of Sticky Mango, Stamford Street, and will focus on sushi, sashimi and roasted fish collar (Kama).
In his seminar, Lloyd will talk about the inspirations for his menus including the people, places and dishes, as well as his own street food journey.
Listen to this well-travelled chef and see if he can ignite some fresh ideas into your own cooking and/or business.
Find Peter at: Theatre 18 – Wednesday 11:45-12:15.
3. Mark Lilley – Abokado Q&A
Mark Lilley is co-founder and CEO of London’s leading healthy fast food brand, Abokado, and acts as a mentor and advisor businesses growing in the hospitality sector.
In this exciting seminar, Mark will go through how he and his wife founded and grew Abokado into the business it is today. Following this brief outline of the business and growth aspirations, there will be a lengthy Q&A where Mark will answer all your questions about everything and anything.
Get all your questions answered by someone who really has started from scratch and has grown their business and idea completely organically.
Find him at Keynote 4 – Tuesday 12:30-13:00.
4. Claire O’Neill – A Greener Festival
Claire O’Neill is co-founder of A Greener Festival (AGF) event producer and programmer of green events and innovations conference, and is internationally recognised and consulted in the sector of event sustainability. AGF has assessed over 450 festivals worldwide on environmental management through The Greener Festival Award, they have trained 80 assessors and sustainability managers in the past 2 years. Clair is also an aerial circus artist and performs globablly with Arcadia Spectacular, and performed in the London 2012 Olympics. Very multi-talented.
In this seminar, Claire will focus upon the sustainability of the street food industry specifically on food waste and single use plastics. What you can do to be more proactive in creating a more sustainable street food furture and what is out there that can help you.
Sustainability is key to any business, and in today’s environment it is more important than ever. Claire has an extensive background regarding green events so who better to get some green tips from.
Find Claire O’Neill at: Theatre 18 – Tuesday 11:00-11:30
5. Mark Laurie – The Future of Street Food
Mark Laurie is a Director of The Nationwide Caterers Association who works on street food standards and how to go about growing the industry. He has also co-founded the multi-award winning Digbeth Dining Club; Birmingham’s original street food event.
In this seminar, Mark will discuss how we should grow and professoinalise street food, what street food will look like in the future, and how the street food industry and food alliance is working towards this.
Mark has got some key insights into where the street food industry is going and how it is going to get there, definitely worth a listen for those planning a street food future.
Find Mark at: Theatre 18 – Tuesday 14:00-14:30