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Launching the Melbourne Street Food Awards

Updated: Aug 18, 2023

Who has the best Street Food in Melbourne? Well soon we will know the answer to that question as Unrivalled Events are delighted to announce the launch of the Melbourne Street Food Awards which aims to celebrate, then find, the best of Melbourne's Multicultural Street Food Trucks and Stands.

Street Food is booming in Melbourne. You see Trucks everywhere from corporate events, festivals, market or on your local street and there is nothing that recognises the hard work and talent behind it until now as Unrivalled Events boss Paul Harvey says “It is hard not to fall in love with Street Food, it is an affordable and exciting night out in any weather and their talent needs recognizing which is why I created the Awards. Over in Europe, Awards like this have been the springboard for greater things for Street Food Businesses and I hope the same can occur in Melbourne.”

Five qualifying heats, followed by a Grand Final, featuring each of the heat winners, will be staged at the Food Yard in Mornington from June until November on a Friday Night.

Each night will see up to 5 Main Street Food Trucks/Stalls, representing the continent of the origin of their food, doing battle to win the votes of Melbourne Foodies in a “You Eat, You Vote” scenario and winners will progress through to the Final and go head to head in front of our esteemed judging panel headed by 2021 Australian Chef of the Year Andrew Ballard, to be crowned 2023 Melbourne Street Food Champion and take home the $5,000 Market Credit from Organisers Unrivalled Events plus some other prizes to be announced soon.

“These awards are fantastic for the hardworking Street Food Community. I wish they were around when I was doing markets and events, as it some reward for all the hard work that is involved in owning a Street Food Business. Street Food is not just about the amazing food from all over the world, it is a bit of theatre and the look of the trucks and stands and I’m looking forward to judging who will be Melbourne’s best.” said head judge Andrew Ballard

Street Food Businesses wanting to enter go to the website. and click on the application form


The Event will be held on the 4th Friday of the Month from 5pm to 8pm

· Heat 1 - Fri June 23

· Heat 2 - Fri July 28

· Heat 3 - Fri Aug 25

· Heat 4 - Fri Sep 22

· Heat 5 - Fri Oct 27

· Grand Final - Fri Nov 24


· Overall - Voted by the Final Judging Panel

· Peoples Choice - Voted by the Attendees

· Best Desert

· Best Looking Truck

Social Media @foodyardmornington

About Melbourne Street Food Awards

The Melbourne Street Food Awards aims to celebrate, then find, the best of Melbourne's Multicultural Street Food Trucks and Stands. Five qualifying heats, held at the Food Yard Mornington, will see Melbourne Foodies decide who will go through to the Grand Final and be crowned Melbourne’s best by Australian Chef of the Year Andrew Ballard.

About Food Yard Mornington

Food Yard is an edgy Industrial Yard in Mornington that hosts Monthly Street Food & Drink Night Markets

The venue has been transformed from derelict land at the end of the disused old Mornington Railway Line, into a vibrant industrial venue filled with recycled pallet and electrical cable drum tables, covered milk crate and stool seats, market umbrellas & marquees, festoon lights, fire pits and heaters in winter plus lawn games kids area. It is a great place to catch up with family and friends.

About Head Judge

We are delighted that our Head Judge is Mornington Peninsula Local Andrew Ballard the 2021 Australian Professional Chef of the Year and Captain of the Australian Team at the IKA Culinary Olympics


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