On Saturday I stopped off at the Urban Food Festival, which is a night food market that takes place every week. This week it was in Shoreditch and had a Halloween theme, and since I love Halloween and food, and Shoreditch this seemed like a pretty perfect combination.
There wasn’t much light, so my pictures are pretty rubbish, so sorry in advance. When you arrived in the Shoreditch carpark, it was sort a mess of smells and people and the sound of food cooking – and I mean mess in the best possible way. At first I just wandered around to see what was on offer, and it was more a case of what was not on offer. This is not your standard food market with some wraps here and some burgers there – the variety of food choice and the diversity of food orgin was pretty huge.
I stopped off at the Cocktail Bar (big surprise) and like most of the other stalls, its menu had been Halloween-ified. I had the Ghouls Mystery which was Blackberries, Hibiscus, Lime and Barcadi rum which was incredible! Their prices were also really good for the expensive market prices at £6 for a single.
I got some food at a stall called Chia, no photo’s because it was so dark. They were serving two option flatbread or salad box, with a choice of three fillings and sauces etc. I had the Chicken and Haloumi salad box (£6), with baby spinach leaves, avocado, (a peanut and kale mix that I left out because I can’t eat nuts), red slaw, toasted seeds and a garlic aioli. It was all made up fresh right in front of you, and it tasted absolutely amazing.
The market was great, but with an hour train ride back to Pinner I had to leave, though I did stop on the way into the station at the Box Mall that has been created there (basically a whole load of shipping containers turned into a boutique mall – pretty cool) and got some bubble tea from Milk Tea and Pearl. I love bubble tea, more than anything and the moment I see a sign for it I have to get some. This was probably the nicest one I’ve had, with a Rose Peach Sencha tea and Strawberry pearls.
So that was a very foodie night for me, and I think I might have to track down the Urban Food Fest again before I leave.