Street Feast London is an innovative team of people introducing the crowds of London to the night market society. They have taken over old car parks, breweries and warehouses, and serve all types of feasts from the streets. It’s a normal Friday evening and at 6pm Merchant Yard, 317-319 Kingsland Road is beaming with crowds. The great thing with Street Feast is it caters for families with young children, an older generation of locals, 20-something hipsters and everything in between.
A year later and Street Feast is still bringing in a hoard of hungry Londoners. The only problem with their success means the crowds. There is always a minimum 15-20 minute wait at all the popular food vendors and then you are expected to hustle to quickly grab any seating available to eat your street food. This only means that what they are doing works. These nights is what Australia lack, a good night out eating under the stars with a pop-up bar, good live music and an abundance of well-cooked, reasonably-priced fresh plates of street food.
Street Feast is one place where everyone takes part in ‘plate-hopping’. Arriving before everyone else I was able to tour around the area and stake out my food stall destinations. Traders taking part in the Merchant Yard event that caught my eyes were:
The Ribman – A butcher since he was 15, he is now a rib chef and owner-creator of the Holy F*ck Sauce.
Homeslice – Wood-fired pizza from the streets.
Big Apple Hot Dogs – Homemade in London, these are New York-inspired hot dogs.
Mama’s Jerk Station – Family-run station specialising in Caribbean street food.
Rainbo – These guys are passionate about bringing healthy food to the streets of London. Specialising in their own take on gyoza, they donate a percentage of takings to a child worker rescue initiative in Nepal.
Buen Provencho – Taught by his grandma and with Michelin-starred restaurant experience, Mexican chef Arturo Ortega brings traditional Mexican cuisine to the public.
Sweet Tooth Factory – Kaelie’s brainchild steered by her desire to introduce luxurious cakes and desserts made using fresh ingredients to the masses.
The Bell&Brisket – Owned by Bel Shapiro, this stall is all about the old-fashioned combination of salt beef, pickles and mustard, served street-food style.
Yum Jungle – An original pan-Asian fried chicken recipe that comes in pieces or as a burger, served with an Asian-slaw and fries. Perfect with a glass of Rum Jungle punch.
Street Feast always brings a crowd (10pm line-up).
Catch you next time, Man in London