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SFOFR Partnership – IRELAND

The SFOFR Partnership in Ireland is led by a collaboration between The Food Hub and Momentum Marketing Services. Stakeholders in the partnership include local business support organisations, raining organisations, street food enterprises, food festival organisers, food educators, and business associations.

Together we explore the linkages between Street Food, regional food identity, food marketing and tourism.   We are completing a mapping exercise of existing street food initiatives in the region which will span 6 categories: Food networks, Food incubators, Food & catering training, Learning companies (related to catering courses), Food events and Food / Farmers markets.

The mapping findings will be launched in mid December.

Interested in finding out more or joining us?


Fergal Mc Partland 086 835 8634 or email info@thefoodhub.com

Orla Casey 086 2606306 or email orla@momentumconsulting.ie

  • Event Date: mid December (to be advised)
  • Event Location: The Food Hub, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim
  • We will launch the toolkit, the course outline and have practical case studies of street food entrepreneurs supported by The Food Hub and Momentum to take the next step in their business.

Primarily focused on Co. Leitrim but also spans the Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy project region. USEFE is a joint initiative between businesses, the Local Authorities of Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon, Bord Na Mona and ESB.   Food is a priority focus in the region and SFOFR will assist USEFE to transform the area into an innovative and vibrant food region.


The SFOFR Partnership in the Netherlands is led by Business Development Friesland from Leeuwarden. Stakeholders in the Partnership include local business support organisations, training organisations, street food enterprises, food festival organisers, food educators, and business associations.

Together we have conducted a so-called mapping exercise of existing street food initiatives in the region and beyond. BDF have created a Google map out of it that serves as an overview with 6 categories: Food networks, Food incubators, Food & catering training, Learning companies (related to catering courses), Food events and Food / Farmers markets.

See https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1ddQaNpbFgVgzkg7sQIHGW-u-aw0

Interested in finding out more or joining us?


Frank Hiddink or Marie-jetske Lettinga, BDF – 0031 58 845 8045

Event Location: Kanselarij, Turfmarkt 11, Leeuwarden, NL

Event Date: 15 November 2016

We have presented the project and had two practical case studies on stage of food entrepreneurs explaining how they started and how they plan to take the next step in their business.

Event Location: Welcome to the Village Festival, Groene Ster, Leeuwarden

Event Date: 22 July 2017

SFOFR project leader Bob Fox (NCASS) will be our keynote speaker at the event arranged by BDF in collaboration with regional partners. The Welcome to the Village Festival was voted the most innovative festival of the Netherlands and has a dedicated good & healthy (street) food policy, inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals. A good place to officially launch our SFOFR results!


BDF is located in Friesland, a province rich in tradition, certainly in agrofood. Over recent years various food festivals and events have emerged which put regional products and healthy food in the spot light. Examples include the yearly Ljouwert Culinair food festival, the Groot Liwwadder Diner (1000 people outside dinner), the Welcome to the Village festival, Hoofdstad van de Smaak (Capital of Taste) title.

BDF and its Inqubator Leeuwarden play a role in co-organising events and in food start-up and food entrepreneurship support in the region. It has for instance successfully supported Coffee Central, Broodje Bewust and LN2Ice to grow their food business.

Furthermore, the city of Leeuwarden has been elected European Capital of Culture for 2018.

SFOFR Partnership – GERMANY

Street Food in Berlin has been flourishing for years – and the demand for fresh, local and ethical produce is still increasing. Much is taking place through the organization of events – even the famous Berlin film festival “Berlinale” established its own Street Food market. Nevertheless, there is no major organisation which supports traders and organisers. This has been the starting point for a regional alliance in Berlin which can serve as a platform to exchange ideas as well as to communicate needs towards governmental bodies and to facilitate professionalization.

With the first meeting we achieved to engage various players from the Street Food Scene as well as representatives from the official tourism agency and the council of the district of Mitte. With the next meetings the alliance will grow further with main actors from the association of catering, the chamber of commerce and representatives from the local councils. Goals are to strengthen the Berlin Street Food scene as a whole, especially in terms of a professionalization of the sector. Thus, the creation of a set of standards for traders and organisers developed by the alliance is one of the actions to be taken. Furthermore, we aim on introducing new models for expanding Street Food trading to public land and thus generating new and sustainable perspectives for Berlin traders as well as consumers.


You would like to join the Berlin Alliance or you would like to get further information?

Mats Landgren, mlandgren@bildungsmarkt.de, 030 397391 87

Robin Kremer, rkremer@bildungsmarkt.de, 030 397391 66

Our multiplier event took place on the 27th of February 2017 in the Markthalle Neun in Berlin Kreuzberg. This venue has a great Street Food tradition and impact since years and still plays a major role in making Street Food in Berlin to a vibrant business and culture. Approx. 55 persons attended, coming from different kinds of stakeholder groups, such as different Street Food vendors, DEHOGA (Berlin catering association), market organizers, Berlin-Partner, higher education institutions and other groups promoting Street Food in our region. As the launch and presentation of our toolkit were the major issue, the group as a whole was very important. A special group to reach during the meeting was the important group of vendors who plan to expand their Street Food operations. We invited speakers and vendors, who are indeed “good practice” when it comes to SF-expansion and -innovation in Berlin. Different market organizers also played an important role in the meeting.

Our partnership covers the Berlin region, which mainly consist of the Berlin metropole area, but also parts of the federal state of Brandenburg, which “surrounds” Berlin. Brandenburg plays a role, because it delivers a huge amount of organic food, therefore being an important part of Street Food products in Berlin, too. In the urban areas of Berlin, many Street Food markets have a clear event character, rather than just for instance covering a local demand for lunch. In addition, many vendors are active on the well visited urban weekly markets. The vendors are thus mobile, even if they sell on recurring stationary sites.

See link for a map of Berlin region:


SFOFR Partnership – United Kingdom

The West Midlands Street Food Alliance is a collection of street food traders, organisers/promoters, local government officials covering various departments, educators and interested third parties such as public health officials all based in the west midlands.

The group includes the award winning Digbeth Dining Club, a street food events company that produces around 10-12 events per month in four locations across the midlands, award winning street food vendors ‘Low N Slow’ and ‘Buddha Belly,’ Members of the Birmingham food safety team, street trading department, markets department, town centre manager, Marketing Birmingham (tourism & inward investment), local independent restaurant owners including the Original Patty Men, award winning street food vendors who have moved successfully into a restaurant, the Birmingham Food Council and Public Health England. We have also more recently been joined by several members of staff from the ‘University College Birmingham’ (UCB) Food School.

The aim of the partnership is to understand what obstacles are preventing the growth of street food in the region, and to determine in what areas street food might contribute positively to the local economy. We aim to support entrepreneurship through the formation of new street food businesses. To create employment, support inward investment and tourism, disrupt the ‘chain’ food culture within the region, raise vital revenue for the council and re-energise under-utilised or unloved areas within the region through the creation of new opportunities to trade.

We plan to run two competitions, the first to help people to get in to street food and the second to help successful street food businesses to take the next step and open their own restaurants. The prize for the competitions will either be the option to take on a disused shop or to trade at one of our incubator opportunities or new markets.

We aim to prove that Street food can be a positive influence in the city and to put the west midlands at the heart of the European Street Food Industry.

We are currently developing a series of standards for street food vendors and for event organisers, as well as providing supporting information to the local authority to make it easier for them to support street food. We have identified that councils are concerned by safety issues regarding street food as well as the potential threat to existing food businesses. Therefore, by clarifying for all what the legal standards for the industry are, as well as the

We hope that by creating universal standards of best practice for the West Midlands, they will be adopted across Europe and enable the sector to grow safely and legally. We believe that the professionalisation of the street food industry will be a key factor in enabling growth, by identifying one set of standards for the industry we can reduce the likelihood of problems occurring and provide a framework for dealing with them when they do.

We are currently in discussions with several landlords, financial backers and council departments to develop new locations for markets and street pitches in the region. We are hoping to present our findings to the council after the up-coming elections. We aim to help 100 new street food start-ups to get started and find places to trade as well as helping up to 30 street food businesses move into restaurants or other fixed site premises.

We aim to set up the first round of the competition to find suitable street food traders this summer, as well as looking to encourage the council to open more individual pitches and pod markets.

We aim to launch our standards for street food traders and organisers in the next few weeks once we have received feedback on the proposals from the industry, we believe this will be critical for the growth of the sector across the continent.

We held our multiplier event on the 9th February at an independent restaurant in Birmingham city centre called Nosh & Quaff. We chose this restaurant because of the owners outspoken views on the proliferation of chain restaurants in the city at the expense of independents.

The aim of the event was to broaden the scope of the alliance by bringing in influencers in the city such as the press, politicians and senior council staff. We presented our findings so far from our research and from our work within the alliance meetings to demonstrate that Street food could not only create jobs / start-ups in the city, but that it could also raise revenue for the council through rent / pitch fees but also increase the cultural capital of the city, supporting tourism and especially weekend breaks, but also helping to bring in investment and raise the international profile of the city.

At the multiplier event we put on talks from five different speakers. Mark Laurie of NCASS opened the event with an explanation of the alliance, what it hopes to achieve as well as providing evidence of how it has successfully been introduced and managed around the world. He was followed by Jack Brabant, Co-founder of Digbeth Dining Club who discussed the Birmingham scene and how Digbeth Diner has influenced that. Richard Johnson, journalist, curator of the British (and European) Street Food Awards and author of ‘the Street food Revolution’ discussed the growth of streetfood in the UK over the past seven years and NCASS role in supporting and facilitating that. Erica Sheward, Assistant Director of Regulatory Delivery, part of the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy gave a talk about entrepreneurship and explaining that local authorities have a statutory duty to support businesses, especially start-ups and SME’s. The event was rounded up by NCASS Chairman Bob Fox weho gave a rallying cry for more opportunities for street food in the region to support growth, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The event was covered by the Birmingham Mail who also posted it live on face book where it was viewed by 20,000 people. The event was also covered by BBC West Midlands.

It was generally considered a success, however, we found that elected officials and their council counterparts in management positions were either reluctant or unable to attend. We have found that local authorities and politicians are not keen on publicly committing to new initiatives. With this issue in mind, NCASS have arranged several meetings with different council departments away from the public gaze where they can hopefully be more open and more can be achieved. In addition, we are looking to set up a multiplier event just for politicians and bureaucrats where we can make the financial case for street food without politicising the issue.

The event was well attended with just short of 50 people turning up although over 200 were invited. Those that did attend provided positive feedback and were energised by the idea of a body that exists to promote and facilitate the industry in the region. It was a great opportunity to discuss the aims of the project and how we intend to achieve them; to get such a positive response from stakeholders was encouraging and bodes well for the future of the alliance and Street Food in the West Midlands

The West Midlands Region Covers Birmingham, Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Solihull along with the surrounding countryside and commuter towns / villages.

Digbeth Dining Club is the most popular and active street food organisation in the West Midlands putting on events in Birmingham, Coventry and Codsall (near Wolverhampton). They are looking to expand into new locations around the midlands and are working with the Alliance to develop new markets. There are three other main street food promoters in the city who are all developing regular events, however, there is a very limited number of street pitches which we believe could be increased to the benefit of both the council, the food businesses and the local economy.

Birmingham and the West Midlands have a long and well established history of innovative food production as the home of Cadbury’s Chocolate, Birds Custard, HP sauce and of course the Balti / Balti Triangle. It also has a young and diverse population, which should suit the growth of street food by both offering opportunities for budding entrepreneurs and a discerning sophisticated customer base.

As a largely working class city (and region) that has suffered from de-industrialisation and especially the loss of heavy industry over the past thirty years, more opportunities should be created that enable the population to buy affordable healthy food just as steps to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset can only help the city.

Birmingham exists within two concentric rings, with the population largely cut off from the city centre by a ring road. As such, many locals spend their evenings in the suburbs rather than the city centre. While extensive work is underway to repopulate the city centre and rebuild/re-develop much of it, opportunities for street food are likely to be limited largely to the suburbs as building work continues, however, at present, as this is where the people spend their evenings and weekends this provides a great opportunity to develop a community focussed street food strategy outside the city centre.

SFOFR Partnership – Northern Ireland

Vision (the dream) – The N Ireland SFOFR Alliance would like to see a StreetFood Economy Developed that would provide Market Space, Business Development of Traders who make Restaurant Quality Food, Food Technical Support and Marketing support that would allow StreetFood Start-ups to become Sustainable Business.

Alliance Mission Statement – The N Ireland SFOFR Alliance is going to examine the conditions in terms of facilities, need, policy frameworks for the establishment of a StreetFood Sector. It is also going to support the development and implementation of the Project Intellectual Outputs

Our alliance is made up of industry representatives, local authority officers, representatives from Higher Education, business support organisations and private consultants.

Multiplier Event 23 March 2016



10:30     Registration & Networking.

11:00     Introduction and Welcome – Ciaran Cunningham

11:15     Launch of SFOFR IO1 Document – Seamus Donnelly

11:30     Mark Laurie – NCASS

11:45     Michele Shirlow – Food NI

12:00     Sophie Rasmussen – Folkstown CIC

12:15     John Robinson – Linen Hill Street Kitchen

12:30     Gavin Marshall – Banbridge Environmental Health Department

12:45     Paula McIntyre – Judge of BBC Food and Farming Awards

13:00     Close, Streetfood Lunch & Networking


As part of their ongoing efforts to develop business opportunities and pathways to entrepreneurship, Banbridge District Enterprises are hosting the event “Developing a Streetfood Economy” on Thursday 23rd March 2017 to Launch “DEVELOPING REGIONAL STREET FOOD Your step by step Toolkit to harness the potential of Streetfood in your region” which is the first output of the Erasmus+ Project “Streetfood Opportunities for Regions”.

At our event we are providing an opportunity to begin the conversation of how Streetfood could be used to redevelop & reimagine areas. The event will provide Entrepreneurs, Businesses operating in the Food, Economic Development & Tourism Decision makers an opportunity to network and to discuss how to make Streetfood an effective change agent.

At the event you will learn about the SFOFR Project, the work Food NI have done championing the sector, the experience NCASS have had using Streetfood as force for economic development, the experience Folktown CIC have had developing their Market, Linen Hill Street Kitchen who are Streetfood Traders, Banbridge Enviromental Health Department will give a short overview of the legislative controls and Paula McIntyre will give her steer as an expert on the Food & Hospitality Sector.

Street Food is one of the fastest growing areas within the food sector with new businesses being created constantly. It relies strongly on new ways of doing business – total mobility, high levels of innovation, quality produce and dominance of social media marketing. This dynamic sector has not only caused a revolution in the traditional restaurant and catering sector, but has evolved to become a powerful regional engine for area regeneration schemes, regional food identity, food marketing and tourism.



The Streetfood Opportunities for Regions Alliance region will be defined by the geographic reach of each individual partner. Each has a natural area of business or may be situated within a defined political area, for example Banbridge District Enterprises operates with in the Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon Council area hence that is the Project region for our SFOFR Alliance.

In April 2015, as part of the reform of local government in Northern Ireland (previously known as the Review of Public Administration), Craigavon Borough Council will merge with both Armagh and Banbridge Councils the number of councils is reduced from 26 to 11.

Our new council has grown to include 182,000 residents.

The images on this page show our current boundary. ABC Council are committed to making the most of the opportunities reform offers and meeting the challenges ahead.