I was in London this weekend and top of my to-do list was Street Feast London, a street food night market that takes place every Friday in Hackney, from 5 p.m. until midnight, throughout April, May and June. Some of the best street food traders and trucks in the capital gather here every week to serve up all kinds of street food. There’s also a bar.
The vibe was buzzy and busy but relatively fast moving. The crowd was mainly people in their mid-20s to mid-30s and not as teen hipster-filled as you might expect. (Possibly due to the prices.)
There was a good variety of food on offer, from fancy tea to Spanish, Thai and ice cream, but nothing too different or unusual (e.g. African and South American cuisines weren’t very well represented and it would have been good to try something new).
The list of traders on the Street Feast website is just a selection – not all of these were there on Friday and there were others not mentioned on the website – but worth having a look to get an idea of what’s on offer.
Here are the some highlights from the night:
Major props to FishDog for the clever, eye-catching rebranding of fish finger sandwiches. A ‘FishDog’ consists of a fish finger and some mushy peas in a hot dog bun [normally with tartare sauce but they ran out]. A great idea and perfect as street food. At around half 9 on Friday night, it was just what I was looking for – easy to eat on the move, tasty and filling. The mushy peas were really nice and had a strong minty flavour.
Orange Blossom Nougat Choc Ice? That’s what I had – fresh-tasting, fragrant, with just enough flavour (although my friend said it tasted like “bubble gum”…) to not be overpowered by the chocolate. A bit messy though, as it was hard to eat with a fork/spoon and the chocolate was starting to melt in my hand.
An unusual twist on the humble choc ice – definitely one to try.
Check out the menu:
The market is now based at the Merchant Yard, 317-319 Kingsland Road, E8 4DL.