On the 28th March The Underground Restaurant will be hosting the first Underground Farmers & Craft Market in the United Kingdom. There's been one in San Francisco started by Iso Rabins which was a tremendous success. They've just had their third underground farmer's market and there will be a conference 'Kitchen Table Talks' on the 29th of March in San Francisco with the movers and shakers of the SF underground food movement.
I want to encourage first timers, locavores and quirky Londoners to come and sell their wares (free for stallholders)...it's gonna be a mashup between an edgy cool entrepreneurial anti-establishment anarchist fair, Borough market and...a school fete!
This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet some supperclub hosts and hostesses outside of their dinners, giving you a chance to chat to them.
There will be tastings and a cooking demo by MsMarmitelover...how to make mini focaccia shots...then we will eat them hot out of the Aga.
Other demonstrations include a talk on making cheese in Peckham airing cupboards by @handyface, basket weaving with Terence McSweeney (who will also show kids how to make little woven fish for £2), wine tasting with tengreenbottles.com....
Do bring cash to buy things as no credit card facilities will be here...however there is a cashpoint machine at the nearest tube.
Stall holders so far...
Aforkfulofspaghetti will sell her chocolate goods
Pash & friends will sell cordials, paintings and chutneys
The Shed supperclub will sell food and her mum will sell her knitted kitchenware and is available for a knitting surgery
New supperclub hostess Afternoon tea at 410 ( @MissJordi_M ) will sell cupcakes
Crumbelina will be selling cakes and other baked goods possibly from my bedroom
Alexis, supperclub hostess of Lexeats will sell gorgeously kitsch 50s handmade serviettes
Soups, stews, cakes and marmalade from Kitchenconfidential
Gloria Nicol of The Laundry will be bringing screenprinted kitchen textiles and preserves
Vegan cafe Pogo cafe will be showing their fermented food (kimchee), vegan baked goods, vegan walnut and cashew cheese.
Paladar hostesses Carla and Lesley of The Secret Gardens will sell Spanish goods and tortilla espanola...ole!
Blogger and crafter extraordinaire BelgianWaffling will be selling her 'arse biscuits' and other handmade items...
Charlie Beldam of Cotswold Gold who will be selling his rapeseed oil
Euroburner Emily of House of Chutney will be selling Peach Date & Chilli, Beetroot & Orange and Spiced Tomato chutneys with tempero, a garlic seasoning (pictured below). They talked 'chutney chat' about the Underground Farmers & Craft Market on Resonance FM with George Barker at 9pm on 19th March.
The Hatcham supperclub hostess Rachael Curzons will be selling her curds
Supperclub hostess Kitchen Jezebel of The Last Supperclub will be talking and demonstrating how to make natural cosmetics & selling craftware
Scarlett Cannon, allotmenteer, will sell her t-shirts and plants
Samphire will be coming from Norfolk to sell their prize winning sausages and pies (Giles Coren's favourite pie)
Porridgelady, current holder of the speciality trophy for the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships, will be showing how to make the perfect bowl of porridge and selling spurtles!
Little Miss Delicious will be selling her handmade jewellery (below)
Emily Boyce and her friend Immy will be selling veggie sausage rolls, cheese straws, savoury biscuits etc, homemade pasta and sauces, candles in tea cups (made by her sister) and biscuits, fruit compotes and granola.
Jane Ennis will be selling knitwear
Potters Lane Bakery will be selling baked goods...
Dazzle1411 offer a wide range of bespoke products covered in crystals such as handmade phone covers for Blackberries
MarciaVidal will be selling handmade jewellery,
IsisImaginings will be selling handmade cards
James Phillips of Dose Espresso will be giving a coffee making demo and selling cups of coffee.
Suki & Me will be selling their Alice in Wonderland inspired chocs, biscuits and cakes (below)
Deaba will be selling pitta bites, spicy plantain balls and blackeye beans savoury cakes
Moelfaban supperclub from Wales will be selling Welsh fare...
White Room Supperclub will be selling their German baking...Easter chocolates and cookies
Paintings and watercolours by Margaret Rodgers
2.30 coffee demos by Dose Espresso
3.00 How to make great porridge by Porridge Lady
3.30 Mama Lan shows how to make chinese dumplings
4. 00 msmarmitelover's focaccia shots
5.00 handyface shows and talks about cheesemaking in peckham
5.30 Neil Spencer will be talking about astrology and food
6.00 Kitchen Jezebel will talk and show how to make own cosmetics
Outside...basket weaving by Terence McSweeney
Elsewhere knitting surgery by The Shed's mum
Isis will be showing how to make cards
If I've left anybody out please let me know...
This event is listed, along with other farmers markets and food events around Britain on Henrietta Green's site: Food Lovers Britain
This list will be updated as more people contact me to sell their stuff... and if anyone would like to run a workshop, to teach a food/craft related skill, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Many people make great produce at home, but do not have a commercial kitchen. They are often intimidated by high startup prices and the commitment of a conventional farmers market. This Underground farmer's market is an opportunity for them to test the waters, sell what they make. I'm not charging stallholders...which is a reversal of the usual thing where stallholders pay and the punters come in for free. But I want to encourage people who may not have done a stall before...therefore the goods will be unique and individual not just the usual suspects! But guests pay £5.50 entry fee which will be well worth it as I'm sure you can see...via http://www.wegottickets.com/event/68711 If you book a ticket and last minute, some friends or family want to accompany you...they can pay on the door.