If you’re a Londoner pretending to know his/her shit about nightlife, you’ve probably heard of Street Feast , the “International Capital of Night Markets” that started in Dalston and is now popping up all over London, from Battersea to Lewisham with a new location coming up in Shoreditch. Now, let me get things straight: Street Feast is fun. Very fun. But it’s also very crowded and loud. Here’s what you have to do if you’re a lazy bum that still wants to enjoy it.
1. Don’t go to the opening night
I tried. I really did. Then I saw a bunch of Londoners queueing for what – according to the bouncers – was going to be a wait of an hour and I just couldn’t. Street Feast is on every Friday and Saturday until September 26th – so make sure you go before then.
2. Arrive early
Street Feast opens at 5pm and it runs until midnight. On a Friday, people will start flooding Dalston Yard just after 6.30pm, just in time to get in for free and straight after work. If you don’t want to queue to get in – it’s free entry up until 7pm – and if you still want to sit while enjoying some of the foodie goodness Street Feast offers, try and aim to get there before 6.30pm on both Fridays and Saturdays.
3. That’s it. Now go and eat. There’s plenty to choose from.
I told you it was a lazy bum guide. After all, it’s pretty easy to enjoy yourself at Street Feast. With frozen margaritas and a bunch of mind-blowing street food treats, you simply can’t go wrong. Make sure you try the tasty Rola Wala Indian street food dals, either with chiken tikka or beetroot.
And need I mention the soft steamed steamed buns by Yum Bun? As if my diet wasn’t already under threat, they even came up with an ice-cream bun with coconut ice-cream and peanut praline with butterscotch, all in a deep-fried bun. Too good to resist.
If you’re not feeling too full yet, have a go at the genius alcoholic ice lollies by Lickalix. Their Kahlua Kick poptail made with cacao, coconut and Kahlua liqueur was the end of the world!
Pictures: Jomec.co.uk, Carolina Are