*** Market news in Walthamstow, read all about it ***
CALLING all street food traders, wannabes and chefs on the go. Stop thinking about expensive pitches and snooty councils for one moment (but not for too long – we still need to start that street food army, everyone) because I’ve found one that likes food on the street and I don’t meant the sort you have to go dump diving for…
A firm of architects in Dalston, east London, has been commissioned to bring street food traders to Walthamstow street market, something which currently prides itself on being something like the longest one in Europe. But now the council – yes, you heard it – wants some foodie stalls so they can rebrand as “Saturdays at St James Street”.
It’s a cool area (15-min train from Liverpool Street Station or the last stop on the Victoria tube line) with cafés, restaurants and stalls and, get this, they like welcoming new people.
So, what’s the deal? Well they don’t want movers and flakers, they want a core group of traders to get stuck in at the beginning, to become founding members and to work with them to help the market grow into a proper destination.
When for? Time is tight as the first market is scheduled for Saturday 31st March, running each Saturday after that from 8am-5pm.
Why? Because the council is giving everyone 3 months’ worth of free rent followed by half price rent for 3 months after that. Pretty good going, really.
How, what, where? Make sure yours is quality street food, not just some random meat in a bun that you bought in bulk off the dude at the end of your road. Download an application pack from walthamstowmarket.com and see what they say. If you’re good, you might just a look-in.