Phew. Still recovering. It was better than last time even. We had a fantastic selection of stalls with good high quality produce: one person said "you could do a proper shop". People tweeted their purchases: search #ufcm
For me the highlight was the Spanner Jazz Punks two sets, they reminded me of Ian Drury, Kilburn and the High Roads. No small feat singing while engulfed in bonfire smoke as John the poacher threw live crayfish onto the fire! We had interlopers: the kids from the estate next door hung over the fence and later attempted a steaming. Fortunately my mum was willing to play bad cop and turf them out. (Always a tough one though, on the one hand you want to encourage kids to know more about real food, on the other, when they come in a mob of 15 it is a little unnerving).
All of these people (the stallholders) are looking up at me. "I feel messianic" I said. I gave a little motivational group hug stylee speech just before opening time.
Spanner Jazz Punks
Bristol Vintage, her hubbie makes these cake stands!
Bristol Vintage, teaspoons...
Make and Bake and Souped Up
View from the shed
E5 Bakehouse explains how to make sourdough
He has a remarkably casual technique for making delicious bread
Me wearing a tea cosy from Tiny Inc
Alice Turner 'Afternoon Outings' cards in the shed
AnnaMae's Smokehouse pulled bbq pork
Christopher Avery, Saturday Morning Bakery, a home bakery in Kilburn.
The Deli Station had rare Italian cheeses.
Handmade aprons from TinyInc
Handyface's sarf London halloumi, another triumph for urban cheese.
Supper club hostess Kitchen Jezebel demonstrates how to make home made moisturiser with beeswax and oil.
James of Dose-Espresso gave a talk on coffee. To be honest I thought it'd be boring, but it was one of the most interesting demonstrations of the day. Coffee is one of the biggest commodities in the world after oil. The history of coffee is political. James explained that the English drink tea because of a deliberate political decision; it became unpatriotic to drink coffee which was imported by our enemies, the Dutch and the French while we were at war with them.
Lorraine of inSpiral Lounge. The vegan Key Lime pie was a revelation. Lorraine showed how to make raw chocolates. She explained her journey towards becoming a vegan. Apart from loving animals, it appears to have been heavily influenced by Damon of Blur and other crushes.
MamaLan is becoming a dab hand with the Aga! Another brilliant live cooking demonstration from this nimble fingered Chinese supper club hostess.
Marcia Vidal's exquisite silver jewellery
The Next Big Event, a wandering supper club from up north, had the softest tastiest Staffordshire oat cakes.
Squ!sito supper club, her sausages went down a treat.
The Underground Tea Party girls unusual cakes
Top Hat Catering's dill sauce and sweet chilli sauce were addictive
The teen selling our salsa and guacamole.
The Other Side Magazine sold out of their almond pesto.
Simon of Ten Green Bottles gave an impromptu tasting class to a London wine tasters group. Like the way he's used the fire bath.
Starting earlier is good.
Maybe take a deposit from stallholders to avoid the "a dog ate my chutney" excuse-mongers.
Buy a loud hailer.
Thinking of doing a pre-Christmas market so people can give foodie gifts. What say you?
Other blog posts on the day:
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Extra thanks to Audrey Khoo of Happy Kitchen, Laura, Ali of Top Hat and Alissia for helping out before and during the day.