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The British Street Food Awards were set up ten years ago by acclaimed food writer and broadcaster Richard Johnson. Richard began his career as a food consultant and restaurant critic but was inspired to set up the awards event to ‘make every single one of us proud to be British’ and to bring out the best in the nation’s street food. ‘[…] the best meals I’ve ever eaten weren’t in a Michelin-starred establishment,’ he says, ‘they were on the streets.

The streets of Bethlehem with its hole-in-the-wall falafel shacks serving up fat pittas, stuffed with hummus, pickle and broad beans. And the Streets of Mandalay, where I first had fishy noodles – for breakfast –still salty from the sea. Street food is exciting. But you wouldn’t say that of street food in Europe. Until now.’ The British Street Food Awards is now the biggest street food competition in the world.

The best of last year’s awards

And last year’s event, with world-class regional winners lining up in London to claim the ultimate prize, certainly helped to put UK street food on the map with an amazing array of tantalisingly weird and wonderful dishes. You only have to check out the entries for best snack to see how far our British vendors have ventured… The Peruvian dished up Anticuchos: cow heart marinated for 24 hours in a Peruvian spice blend, cooked on a BBQ and served with potatoes and Peruvian corn, while Assembelly delighted with popcorn cockles with paprika and crispy seaweed.

How could I be so successful too?

Definitely not your average! If you’d like to check out this year’s crème-de-la-crème of street food, the Welsh heats are still to come in Swansea from August 24-25, while the final takes place in London from 13-15 September.

And, if you’re thinking of setting up your own fast food business and eventually becoming best in class too, maybe even entering the British Street Food Awards yourself, here are some top tips from the industry about how to be successful:

Keep consistent with your locations – people will know how they can come back and find you

Keep good records Make sure you know how the success of your footfall and takings is in influenced by where you go, and when

Push for the right spot – don’t settle for ‘doing ok’. Test the waters for that exclusive location that boosts your bottom line

Get your menu and pricing right Do you have too many items or is the pricing not right for your customer base?

Keep it streamlined Don’t try and be everything to everyone. Find the right product and service and the benefits will follow.

How I made it… Lee Desanges speaks out

In Business Advice online Lee Desanges, from Baked In Brick, Birmingham, explains how he reached success with his unique approach. Founded in 2015, Desanges built a wood-fire oven into a converted Mini that cooks a diverse range of food, from stone baked pizza to slow cooked lamb shoulders. He says: ‘Having run a food business I already had entrepreneurial skills, and having that background as a chef does help massively. A lot of street food vendors don’t have that professional background – they are just really good at cooking one particular thing, something that they’ve learnt and mastered.

For me, I get to put on lots of different specials, which maybe other street food vendors without a cooking background wouldn’t be able to do. That string to my bow is an extra benefit’.

Follow the Best British Street Food Awards

For those that like the best in street food, make sure you check out Cinders Barbecue’s Streetwok LP20, and make sure you follow the British Street Food Awards 2019 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Cinders Blog by Piranha - 3w ago

It’s National BBQ week – 27 May to 2 June – Celebrate by finding out a little more about the Great British Barbie tradition

Of course, we’re all hoping for another heatwave of a summer in 2019 and for a repeat of 2018’s magnificent weather that pushed up the value of the UK barbecue market to a staggering £1.6 billion. National BBQ Week will return for a 23rd time this year to once again encourage the nation to go for the grill and fully embrace the barbecue culture.

We know that we cannot always guarantee the UK weather but what better time for Cinders Barbecues to celebrate this increasingly popular form of catering across all manner of events. From an intimate at-home family celebration, to locally-organised events in a pub, club or leisure venue, or even a wedding, find out a more about what we Brits love to do with a BBQ and how we do it differently to other countries too.

What do we eat?

When it comes to what we cook on our barbecues, the UK’s favourite is burgers (81%), with sausages coming in just behind (80%).

The most popular food to accompany a BBQ in the UK is salad.

When do we eat it?

The UK comes out bottom in the league of barbecue frequency. On average, UK households barbecue just 10 times a year, with 14% of us only doing so once or twice a year. The biggest barbecue fans are the Germans, who barbecue an average of 19 times a year! France and Poland are next up at 17 times a year respectively, and in Italy they fire up the barbie just 13 times a year.

Do we put our money where our mouth is?

UK consumers pay an average of £208 for their barbecue, 36% pay between £21-100 and 38% pay between £101-300. Just 4% splash out between £301 and £1000.
In Germany, the average price paid is €248 (£194). In France the average cost is €232 (£181) and in Poland just ‎zł 361 (£64). Italians spend the most on their barbecue purchases at €275 (£215).

When it comes to buying equipment, 18% of barbecue purchases in the UK survey take place online, while purchases from a DIY store are most popular (39%). Other places to buy the BBQ are the supermarkets and department stores (15% each).

The Brits and the Germans are the most cautious buyers when it comes to settling on a barbecue, with 31% and 32% respectively checking the expert reviews on offer before making a purchase. In Poland, perhaps due to the lower average price paid for a barbecue, only 14% checked reviews before buying.

In the UK, Germany, France and Poland, Saturday is by far the most popular day to barbecue. Italy is the exception to this rule, where 42% of people barbecue on a Sunday.

Whatever your preferred place or time, Cinders wishes you a great National BBQ Week.

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In the UK, an estimated 2 million people are living with a food allergy. This includes the more well-known allergies to nuts, shell fish, bananas, soy and eggs, as well as some of the more unusual such as marshmallows and hot dogs. For people with allergies, the effects of eating trigger foods can range from mild to extreme discomfort, anaphylactic shock and even death.

In 2014, a new law was introduced to make it easier for people with allergies to eat out more safely, and to alleviate what can potentially be quite a distressing experience. However, last year, the media was filled with news of the tragic death of a girl who suffered a fatal reaction to sesame in a Pret a Manger baguette. This has led to claims that the legislation on clear labelling and transparency of food ingredients has not gone far enough.

Show you’re a caring business

Effective catering for people with food allergies and intolerances, making them feel safe, informed and cared for, is clearly not just a moral thing to do, but can also be a good avenue to help your food business stand out from the rest, and to help to boost your business.

Make sure that your menu caters for people who need to eat gluten, lactose, wheat, and dairy free, that your staff are fully aware of all the ingredients in your food, that they can clearly communicate this to customers, and that all of your ingredients are obviously stated. This also means that you should have the same level of knowledge of all the products that you buy from suppliers and that you only use those that are reliable.

Be knowledgeable and transparent

Review your menu… you may find that there are a number of dishes that already meet special dietary requirements. If there aren’t get creative and make sure that you are catering for everyone and filling the gaps in the market. Why not promote your front of house staff as dietary champions who are able to proactively promote allergies, food intolerances, wellbeing, nutritional labelling, and a great customer experience for everyone.

Make sure your staff are well trained and up to date with any menu and ingredient changes. Never guess, and always be completely honest.

Keep a careful eye on cross contamination

Another focus should be on avoiding cross contamination. This is particularly important in food preparation, when cleaning down tables, and when cooking. When barbecuing, make particularly sure that everyone stays safe and well. Why not buy dairy free cheese and gluten-free buns? One big issue at a barbecue is often the cross-contamination from the grill for those with food allergies. Prior residue can remain on the grill from a previous day or the new marinades can drip and stick to the grill as well. To ensure food allergy safety, be sure to clean the grill for allergen-free foods first before putting anything else on the grill. Using tin foil can prevent foods from having to be cooked directly on the grill where there is reason for concern about food allergies.

Help yourself and others

Become an advocate of allergy and food intolerance sufferers. Why not shout it from the rafters to help them and your business?

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Cinders Blog by Piranha - 3M ago

Making more of Vegan Food

Just recently, it has been a rather popular trend to make vegans the butt of jokes. However, with the editor of Waitrose Food magazine recently quitting his job after mocking vegans, and with the number of UK vegans on the up, it’s clear that pub landlords, restaurateurs, and hoteliers across the country should be making provision for this rising number of discerning consumers.

Plant-based eating is soaring

In April last year, Compare The Market announced the results of their survey that revealed that the number of UK vegans is soaring with some seven per cent of British people having gone plant-based. A huge number of British people are turning their back on animal products. Amongst the UK’s 3.5 million vegans are ranked a number of famous celebrities such as singer Ellie Goulding, music legend Paul McCartney and sporting giant David Haye, who have all used their public platform to speak out in support of the cruelty-free, sustainable lifestyle.

So, what can this ‘explosion’ of veganism be put down to? According to Google trends, searches for ‘veganism’ have been rising steadily, and following a similar pattern to Instagram. “The vegan community are incredibly active online,” explains Beth Trundle, head of food at marketing agency Social Chain. “This is likely because their dietary choices are driven by their fundamental beliefs”, she explains, “which can boost their social media activity as they are keen to share their passion for veganism with the world.” Gresham College professor Carolyn Roberts suggests that environmental concerns are largely responsible for edging people towards a vegan diet, as people strive to reduce their carbon footprint.

Whatever spurs on people’s individual dietary and moral choices, it seems foolish, with more and more young consumers eating plant-based, for anyone with a food offering to ignore this growing customer need.

Supply is outstripping demand for vegan food

According to the Vegan Society, demand is outstripping supply and this is an untapped market that could offer huge opportunities for restaurant owners, investors and food developers. Their Vegan on the Go campaign aims to raise attention for the growing demand for vegan options and to highlight to businesses that veganism is a market trend that is here to stay…

So, why not throw a vegan barbecue at your event, making sure that it is the delicious smell of plant-based foods alone that are filling the air!

Serve up some delicious, good-for-you, good-for-the planet recipes:

Here’s how to do vegan on the BBQ

Grilled Polenta Burger: Boil up some coarse cornmeal with vegetable stock until thick but springy, following packet instructions. Fry up a diced onion, a few finely chopped mushrooms and a handful of cooked beans (black beans work great) until the onions are golden brown. Slightly mash the beans when soft. Add to the cooked polenta, along with a teaspoon each of thyme, marjoram and paprika. Take off the heat, and when cool, shape into patties ready for grilling. Serve in a bun with avocado slices, chopped olives and jalapenos.

Baked Sweet Potato: Sprinkle the sweet potatoes with olive oil and salt and wrap them carefully in tinfoil, making sure to leave some excess at the top (to grab onto later). Place directly onto the hot barbecue, making sure to space them out to allow for even cooking. Cook for around 15 to 20 minutes and top with soya yoghurt and chives.

Why not spice things up with some grilled vegan chicken with vegan honey, lime and chipotle sauce or some spicy buffalo cauliflower ‘wings’. Don’t forget to accompany this with a good range of vegan sauces and relishes and serve with some delicious vegan wine or refreshing vegan beer.

Sit back and be prepared for pictures of your delicious vegan dishes to adorn the pages of Instagram and, if you’re looking for some new barbecue equipment to appear in the pictures when you ‘go viral’, check out our Cinders range.

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Deep down we’re natural born grillers, but thankfully Barbecues have come an awfully long way since early man cooked animals using fire… check out the Cinders range of high quality, versatile barbecues. And nowadays, it’s essential that the choice of alcohol on offer to accompany the great British barbecue has moved on too!

Like fish and chips, like a horse and carriage, and like Torville and Dean, in the UK beer and barbecues are inextricably linked. But don’t assume that going together is the same as being thrown together. With the ever rising trend in craft beer and growing sophistication in taste, there is a great opportunity, when hosting your next barbecue to truly market your beers and make selecting the right ale a focal part of your event.

The thinking drinker matches intensity with intensity and makes sure that whatever is consumed from the BBQ is not overpowered by the beer.

Drink Saisons with your fancy sausages

Saisons were originally made by farmers in southern Belgium to refresh agricultural workers who laboured in the hot sun. Often brewed with herbs and spices, they were deliberately designed to quench thirsts. Flowing with flavour, spice and herbs, and often quite yeasty, saisons can be perfectly paired with a tasty pork sausage containing everything from apple to pepper, sage, chilli and ginger.

A beer with your burger?

When it comes to choosing a beer to go with your plain burger and bun, there’s no beef! It’s finding something that will complement the array of toppings, relishes, and marinades that needs to be thought about carefully. From gherkins to cheese and jalapenos, an all-round, versatile beer is required. Choose a beer with bright fruit aromatics, a touch of sweetness and a hint of bitterness.

Stoke up your steak

Conversely, steaks don’t pair with a delicate beer. Porters and stouts have a dry roast character to complement the charred flavours created on the grill.

Pour a beer on the Barbie!

And not only does it make sense to present the perfect ale with your food offering, it can make quite the impact to marinade your food with just the right beer. Why not brush king prawns with garlic butter, coriander and an Abbey-style Belgian beer. Pour an elegant, crisp, clean Pilsner lager, with a squirt of lemon, over salmon on the grill. For chicken, reach for a British summer ale or a Belgian wheat beer. Lamb chops love red ale.

And don’t forget to try something a little adventurous to dress your steaks, like this bock beer marinade:

Ingredients (8 persons):

  • 1 litre of dark bock beer
  • 8 large tablespoons of sweet mustard
  • 200 g of dark chocolate
  • 8 tablespoons of oil
  • spices of your choice (salt, pepper, chilli, garlic)

Preparation:

Grate the dark chocolate, then add mustard and oil and the chocolate to the beer, and flavour to taste with the spices. Place the meat in the beer-based marinade for a few hours so that it can absorb the flavours properly.

Feast, drink and be merry, from Cinders Barbecues.

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As we trudge through the depths of winter, making plans for a brighter, breezier and fruitful spring, savvy restaurant owners, pub landlords, hoteliers and event planners will already be looking forward to getting their customers outside to enjoy some al fresco dining in the fresh spring air.

The phrase ‘al fresco’ is borrowed from Italian for "in the cool", although ironically it’s not currently used in Italian to refer to dining outside. Rather, Italians use the phrases ‘fuori’ or ‘all'aperto’ and the expression ‘al fresco’ usually refers to spending time in jail! To ensure that the al fresco dining experience you provide is carefully planned and is a much more pleasant experience than ‘doing time’, here are some pros and cons to think about in advance of those blue skies and sunnier days…

All that’s good about offering al fresco dining

It’s trendy…

It’s all the rage! When the weather’s good, there can be few things better than dining al fresco. From the Ritz Restaurant Terrace where Paris comes to London, this hidden gem with lush green gardens and high walls brings a taste of Parisian living to this quintessentially British hotel, to the Scarlet in North Cornwall, built to the highest eco-standards, where the restaurant perches on the cliff-top overlooking the golden sands of Mawgan Porth.

You can increase your revenue…

More people will come to your venue if you offer an outdoor seated area. Diners love to eat outside as it appeals to the senses and has the effect of making food seem tastier and fresher. When the weather is good, you can open up a whole new alternative space and with that can come more bums on seats and more money.

You’ll sell more drinks…

Eating outside encourages a fun atmosphere and often more drinks, including wine, beer and cocktails, are consumed. This again is better for your bottom line.

It doesn’t need to be as fancy…

Because the outdoors is the attraction, you don’t have to spend as much on your décor and table decorations.

And the cons?

It’s no surprise that the biggest barrier to offering al fresco dining in the UK is the great British weather. When it’s pouring down outside, you are, of course, losing money! Additional seating, used seasonally, can also cause additional demand on resources such as toilets and, like the weather, it can also be tricky to forecast how many staff will be needed for additional covers.

Some hint and tips

No matter what type of establishment you run, a simple deck or patio even can increase the revenue by up to 30 per cent. So, if you’re up for going about setting up your outdoor space and increasing your food offer to include outside dining, here are some hints and tips to get you on your way:

  • Have an outdoor only special offer to encourage people to take up the outdoor space
  • Make sure kitchen and waiting staff can handle increased demand
  • Provide heat and cools when needed
  • Keep your space clean and insect free
  • Add ambience – consider candles or lanterns
  • Consider pavement seating, rooftop dining, garden dining to open up your space
  • Keep great service standards
  • Make sure your furniture is attractive and comfortable
  • Allow space between tables – al fresco diners often come with pushchairs, buggies and pets
  • Consider smokers and non-smokers facilities and comfort

Bring out the barbecue

Outside areas are perfect from creating a little diversion from the main menu. Why not have a barbecue? Cinders offers a range of barbecues and accessories that are powerful and dependable to help you create the perfect al fresco dining experience.

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Would you believe that street vending only became legal in Los Angeles, USA, from 1 January 2019 after Governor Jerry Brown signed a sweeping new law in September 2018 to regulate street vending practices for California? This is a massive move forward for those who are selling food on the city streets: they will no longer be doing this illegally and will now be officially contributing to the local economy.

Street vending has long been a divided issue in Los Angeles and was catapulted into the spotlight in summer 2018 when a vendor had his cart violently overturned by an attacker. This was captured by a passer-by on video and quickly went viral. Not only will street vendors now be legitimised and regulated, there’s even more good news. Street vendors with previous citations and convictions will now be able to clear their record.

Many consider street food vending a long, respected tradition

An ancient and important occupation found in virtually every country, and major city around the globe, street vendors are positively associated with contributing to economic activity and adding vitality to the streetscape. But, on the other hand, many people associate them with causing congestion, posing health and safety risk, avoiding taxes and selling substandard food.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights goes as far as protecting the economic rights of street vendors. And many street vending organisations have successfully petitioned for street vendors’ rights to be upheld and for these not to be violated by banning street trade.

Street vendors can represent a major attraction for tourists and allows people a bustling open air experience bringing vitality to public spaces in cities. In smaller communities, street vendors are a vital cog in the distribution network and can contribute to market competition.

Help and advice for UK street vendors

In the UK, the Nationwide Caterers Association has set up Streetfood.org.uk in recognition of streetfood’s increasing contribution to our economy and culture. The organisation provides caterers with the information, system and support they need to be safe, legal and profitable. They are starting a ‘street food revolution’ for an exploding industry.

The UK is fast gaining a reputation for its wide variety and high quality of street food, which started in Asia, is massive in America, and is now firmly finding its feet in Europe. Street food is eaten at markets, at special events, in disused warehouses, at food festivals and on the high street. From French street food sold from a hut in Altrincham Market, including delicious rotisserie chickens flavoured with garlic, thyme and rosemary, to Greet Label’s vegan street food sold in meze boxes across the country and Northern Ireland’s Cuban sandwich factory, there’s something for everyone and a potentially successful business for the right person.

Fire up your career with the best resources

If you’ve got an interesting food offering and great business acumen, why not check out whether starting your own street food vending business could be just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. And, even better, why not go for it with the best in show – a Cinders Street Wok introduces new technology to an ancient method of cooking, solving problems of noise and skill levels inherent in traditional wok burner.

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On the 12 days of Barbecue Xmas Cinders Barbecues wishes for you …

  1. British Standards Institute for CE Approvals and EC Registration quality, just like our range of quality equipment.
  2. Assembly: The key benefit of a CINDERS grill is how it folds away. To set it up, first hold the unit on its side edge and swing the legs fully away from you. The inner leg struts can then be unfolded and clipped into position.
  3. Reliability: we’re renowned for this alongside the durability and low maintenance of our products.
  4. Business investment: our barbecues won’t let you down. They are dependable, powerful, and versatile.
  5. Employment for local staff who work throughout the year to hand craft your product.
  6. Complete UK distribution from a trustworthy supplier who can meet national demand.
  7. Unbeatable value: payback on our barbecue products is measured in years.
  8. Easy maintenance: a self-cleaning, sealed-for-life high-grade stainless-steel firebox and grilling surface designed not to be removed leaves only the slide-out burners and their high pressure LP gas supplies to service (SG80/TG160 models).
  1. EXcellence! "We don’t make them to look pretty’’, says our Works Manager, "we just pile in the quality and they turn out like that.”
  2. Manufactured in the UK: all our barbecues are made in our modern 15k sq. ft factory near a small village in North Yorkshire.
  3. After sales: you can trust our products and are further protected by our commercial warranty.
  4. State-of-the-art technology: modern laser cutting technology sits comfortably alongside specialist machinery we developed ourselves to mix the very best of tradition with innovation.

Oh and, by the way, did you know that 26 per cent of people in the UK barbecue in winter?

And did you know that UK barbecue champion Scott Lane can show you how to prepare an entire Xmas dinner on the BBQ, along with all the trimmings… oh, yes he can! Check it out here.

So visit our website, where Cinders will make sure you don’t miss out on the Barbecue Ball in 2019… oh yes they will!

A very Merry Christmas and successful and Happy New Year from everyone at Cinders Barbecues.

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Forget the Great British Bake Off, it seems the UK is also buzzing about the Great British Food Festival too. With a dedicated food festival occurring in almost every town in the UK, and food festivals carrying on throughout practically every month of the year, this is now a big business and a not-to-be-missed opportunity for street vendors. It doesn’t seem that the weather or the chilling of the seasons dampens our enthusiasm for a food festival either… still to come this year are two large-scale events - the Taste of London, from 15-18 November, which takes place in Regents Park and is an alfresco taste of the capital’s top restaurants and Masterchef Live, 29 November to 2 December, in Birmingham with John Torrode and Gregg Wallace – In addition there is also the smaller, quainter or quirkier events. On 18 November, the Clovelly Herring Festival, in the privately-owned village of Clovelly in Devon, showcases herring specialities, with the sound of traditional shanty singers washed down by local beer and cider, while in Padstow from 6-9 December, you can watch Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw at the Padstow Christmas Festival.

Book your place for 2019 food festivals

And if you’ve missed out on the extensive calendar of food festival events this year, don’t be disheartened. It’s time for caterers who want to burst out of the confines of their kitchen with their oriental style cooking, or any food that lends itself to wok cooking, to buy the Street Wok from Cinders Barbecues, and equip themselves with a list of the events they will be attending next year. From the East Anglian Game and Country Faire in Norfolk in November to the British Asparagus Festival in Worcestershire (date TBC), with Cinders you will be guaranteed to cook up a storm.

There’s never been a bigger boom time for street vendors to provide restaurant-quality food at value-for-money prices for eager and discerning customers. Food festivals and street markets, and especially Christmas street markets, are providing huge trading opportunities right across the country.

Do your homework…

But, while you want your food to be red hot, you don’t want to be caught out by red tape. So, here are some hints and tips for getting out there and trading:

  • To sell small items from a trailer/stall in the street, you’ll need a trading licence, however if you are a market trader operating at a license market venue or trading on private land this won’t be necessary
  • To sell food you will need to apply for a food business registration and register your business with the local council at least 28 days before you trade
  • Do your research on which events and locations will work for you. Identify your audience, network with other vendors and think about the most profitable locations for your business to sell from. Think long and hard about your competition
  • Make sure you send in your application to the food festival organisers in good time. The pitching process takes place months before the event start
  • Have exactly what stock you need available at the event. Make sure you’ve thought about this well in advance of the big day but don’t start ordering until your pitch has been accepted

There’s money to be made from food festivals, but don’t be caught out. Make sure you’ve done your research, thought of the pitfalls, and have triple-checked all contracts and legal requirements.

From Leeds to London, vegan banquets to meat-feasts, here’s to food festival success in 2019.

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Bonfire Night is celebrated all over the UK by young and old alike. Every year on the 5th November, the anniversary of the infamous Gunpowder Plot, Guy Fawkes is remembered for failing in his plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament. From organised public events to private house parties, impressively colourful, and equally noisy, displays of fireworks light up the skies. And, not to forget, the traditional bonfire. The bonfire, made from bales of straw or wood, is believed to have developed from the "bone fire” when, in the time of the Celts, there were midsummer festivals where animal bones were burnt to ward off evil spirits.

Around the 5th of November is the perfect excuse to get everyone outside to enjoy the crisp autumnal air, and for landlords and venue owners to get out the Cinders Barbecue and treat their customers to a Bonfire Night BBQ spectacular. Save them the job of cooking at home, and drag them away from the usually rather bland offering of hot dogs and boiled onions at the local fireworks display. Give them a good time and serve them some memorable food, at your own event.

With the barbecue fired up, what BBQ food could be better to keep your guests happy on the big night than a range of tasty sausages? Make Bonfire Night tasty and fun with barbecued bangers, served with some exciting and tasty relishes and dips. Serve the sausages with plain, garlic or cheesy mash, in buns, or with jacket potatoes for a hearty and warming meal. Go for a variety of sausages from traditional pork to a more spicy variety, and don’t forget the veggie/vegan sausages.

Why not try these sausage recipes with a difference to delight your adult guests and get them coming back for seconds:

Beer-soaked sausages

Bring some beer to the boil in a large pan before adding the sausages and some chopped onions, and letting this all simmer for 15 minutes. When the BBQ is hot enough, transfer the sausages onto the grill and cook for about 10 minutes before serving in a crusty bun with lashings of mustard and a heap of the onions.

Sausage and vegetable kebabs

For this recipe, you’ll need: 12 sausages, 12 cherry tomatoes, 1 red onion, 1 yellow pepper, 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard, 1 tablespoon oil. Cook the sausages in a pan with a little oil for 10 minutes, then remove and cut into chunks. Thread a piece of sausage onto a barbecue skewer and then alternate with a chunk of red onion, pepper and tomato. Mix the honey, mustard and oil together and brush over the kebabs before grilling for 10 minutes approx.

And don’t forget a traditional winter-warmer to drink. Treat your guests to:

Hot Toddy

A classic winter drink that will definitely keep everyone warm by the barbecue.

You will need per person:

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 50ml boiling water
  • 1.5 measures whisky
  • 1 clove
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Slice of lemon
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Add the honey, water, whisky and spices into a mug and stir gently. After a few minutes, remove the clove and cinnamon stick, and sprinkle a dusting of nutmeg on top before serving.

Or for a comforting, non-alcoholic choice why not try:

Spiced cider

This couldn’t be easier to make and only uses two ingredients, making it a doddle to make on demand.

You will need per person:

  • 300ml apple juice
  • Cinnamon

Warm the apple juice through and when hot, add a sprinkle of cinnamon and serve.

Happy Bonfire Night from Cinders… we hope your event plans go much more successfully than poor old Guy Fawkes!

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