It looks like British weather might have finally got over itself. This means that there is no excuse for failure to explore the street food markets and the splattering of new pop-ups that are trundling through London. Here is our handy list to help you plan your best line of attack.
RESIDENCY OF THE MONTH: Kimchi Cult at the Black Heart
What: These guys have contributed to the rise of kimchi – a spicy fermented cabbage dish from Korea – in London. Kimchi Cult is running a pop-up in Camden with their kimchi burgers, bulgogi fries and twice-fried chicken wings. Also expect different banchan (Korean side dishes) on a weekly basis. If you can’t make it to Camden, find them at Kerb and Street Feast London.
Details: Until October. Tues – Thurs 5–9pm, Fri-Sat midday-9pm at The Black Heart, 2-3 Greenland Place, NW1 0AP; kimchicult.com; Twitter @kimchicult
MINI MARKET: Shoreditch High Street
What: Tucked away off Shoreditch High Street under a red canopy is a space that has been revamped to include one of London’s best street food traders, Street Kitchen (sustainable, seasonal fresh food served in boxes). There too is the big red Engine serving its new menu of hot dogs plus wonderful Beirut-inspired street food served up by Yalla Yalla – our favourites include the baba ghannouj (puree made from aubergine), samboussek jibne (pastry parcels with feta and mint) and kibbe lahme (deep fried lamb parcels).
Details: 11am-8pm (longer hours soon) Monday-Sunday but there is a delivery bike for local businesses running Monday-Friday 12-3pm. 186 Shoreditch High Street (under the red canopy), E1 6HU. Details via Yalla-yalla.co.uk, Facebook.com/enginefood and StreetKitchen.co.uk
NEW MARKET: Camden Farmers Market
What: Whether you’re concerned about your carbon footprint or just want to shake off some guilt following a particularly gluttonous week, buying local is the way to go. For the first time ever, a Farmers’ Market will take up residence in Camden. Up to 30 producers will be offering everything from fresh fruit and veg to smoked sausages and artisan breads. Live cooking demonstrations should give you some inspiration too.
Details: 10am – 6.30pm from Friday April 26 (every fortnight) at Middle Yard Camden Lock, NW1; facebook.com/camdenfm; Twitter @camdenfm
SUPPER CLUB: Vinn Goute’s Boat Party
What: the Seychelles street foodies Vinn Goute are hosting their first supper club – on a boat. This one is a 25m by 5m vessel moored by Kew Bridge so here’s hoping the tide will be good as the event is weather dependent. Come early for an entrée drink, starter of canapés and snacks, a selection of mains (to be revealed later) and a signature dessert with ice cream from the awesome Sorbitium Ices who we have written plenty about. Bring a bottle and expect Seychelles-inspired music from Gary Denis.
Details: 7.30pm-10.30pm on May 18 on the Boat at Kew Bridge, TW8. Tickets £27.50 (excl. card fee) Book tickets here and to find out more follow them on Twitter @VinnGoute
BANK HOLIDAY SPOT: Real Food Market Festival
What: This runs throughout the year on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, offering quality fresh produce and, of course, street food. This May, there’s a four day festival with even more street food vendors, plus the excitement of famous chef demonstrations, live music and… live animals (not for eating).
Details: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road and Queens Walk, SE1; The market – Fri 12pm – 8pm, Sat 11am – 8pm, 12pm – 6pm; The festival – May 3rd – 6th; Fri & Sat 11am – 9pm, Sun 12pm – 9pm, Mon 12pm – 6pm; realfoodfestival.co.uk; Twitter @RealFoodFest
FESTIVAL: The StockMKT
What: Live music, entertainment, clothing and craft stalls and street food. The team behind StockMKT has proved they can hold great parties in the past so here’s hoping they can do it again. Last time we enjoyed food from Egg Boss and the Pizza Pilgrims.
Details: 5.30pm – 10pm, Thursday May 2nd and Thursday, June 20 at Kingston Market Place, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1JP (free entry); thestockmkt.com; Twitter: @TheStockMKT
MARKET OF THE MONTH: Harringay Market
What: Launched in June 2012, Harringay market brings together over 20 traders offering a mix of fresh produce, street food and crafts, with the emphasis on all things local. Regular street food traders include the salt beefy Bell & Brisket (LSF is due to try soon) and scrumptious burgers from Burger Bear.
Details: 11am – 3pm, Sundays, South Harringay School, Mattison Road, N4; Harringaymarket.co.uk; Twitter @HarringayMarket
BLOWOUT: Street Feast London
What: Street Feast London is back. Self-described as “London’s Nomadic Street Food Circus”, it offers entertainment in the form of 15 or more street food traders, offering enough incentive to ensure several revisits. There are over 200 seats with covers or for those wanting to splash out on a four-course street food dinner, Ben Spalding is running “Stripped Back”, a sit-down dining experience on the mezzanine. Tickets £27.50. Traders include The Bowler, Gurmetti’s Italian sandwiches, Everybody Love Love Jhal Muri Express and Sorbitium Ices.
Details: 5pm – midnight, Fridays in April, May and June; Merchant Yard, 317-319 Kingsland Road, E8 4DL (Haggerston tube); streetfeastlondon.com; Twitter @StreetFeastLDN
With thanks to Phoebe Amoroso for her help with this.