Dozens of different food stalls will be descending upon Euro Car Park in Shoreditch every Saturday night between now and December 2015, with a browbeating variety of world food being served up by an even wider variety of chefs. The Urban Food Festival is always a big hit with London’s foodies, with the jerk chicken, pad thai, wood-fired oven pizza and sushi being the most popular choices for the regular attendees. We thoroughly recommend trying the deep-fried frogs’ legs at Geaux Cajun – they’re so tasty that we actually went back for a third helping, even though they look a little strange (you won’t be able to resist making them hop around the table – stop playing with your food, it’s naughty) they really are mouth-wateringly good.
Jessica Tucker is the brains behind this operation, and she’s a City lawyer by day – so her level of organisation is second to none, and this festival really does run like clockwork. The Orchard Pig cider goes particularly well with the pulled pork burgers, and you can even enjoy a bottle of bubbly with your escargot if you were feeling like splashing some cash.
The ‘V Corner’ houses stalls that only sell vegan food, far away from the meaty goodness being enjoyed by the hoards of carnivores that descend on this brilliant little festival every Saturday. You can also find stalls that just sell sweet treats – and some of them boast really quite amazing produce, including hand-made meringues and cakes that are so delicately crafted that you almost don’t want to eat them…for about ten seconds. Then you eat them. And it’s glorious.
A festival wouldn’t be a festival without a little light music, and the Urban Food Festival actually boasts some really good acts. You won’t find any famous names of course, but you will have the opportunity to enjoy some great country music from proper bands on good quality sounds equipment. As far as dinner music goes, it doesn’t get much better than this. Think ZZ Top in Back to the Future II, with a little bit of Fatboy Slim thrown in later on in the evening for good measure.
Happily, entry is free. The drinks are cheap too, with frankly enormous and very strong cocktails coming in at around £4.50 and a pint of lager at about £4 – and compared to other festivals we’ve been to this year, these prices are comparatively very reasonable.
The other great thing about this festival is the fact that is celebrates the arts, as well as food, drink and music. Street artists and students have the opportunity to display their work here, and the exhibitions make a great talking point during dinner, as you’ll be able to see at least a few pieces from wherever you sit. Other entertainment includes massage parlours (don’t get the wrong idea, they are actually massage parlours), face painting for the kids and performances from artists of all shapes and sizes.
Where: Euro Car Park, Shoreditch E1 6HU
When: Every Saturday from 5pm
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