Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Bonfire Weekend: Underground food rave at my house

Yes folks it's that time again: the Underground Farmers and Craft Market is back. This time it's a twofer: we are opening on Friday night and Saturday afternoon around the bonfire weekend, 4th and 5th of November.
There will be bars, live music, hot food stalls, crafts, food to buy to take home. Saturday afternoon we will again have the foodie 'dragon's den' in which start up entrepeneurs in the food world can show their products to an expert panel and get feedback.
The dates for booking are:
Friday night afterwork food rave: 4th November: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/132416
Saturday afternoon foods and crafts: 5th November http://www.wegottickets.com/event/132417 includes the Dragon's Den foodie talent show with Sheila Dillon and Jo of The Deli Station.

Entrance is £5. You must book in advance. If you have extra guests they can pay on the door £6, but they can only come with a ticket holder who has the address.

This is a farmer's market held in a two bedroom flat and garden, a market held in a domestic house. It's buzzy and exciting, unlike the dreary markets held in carparks and municipal spaces. There is plenty of talent to discover, from urban food producers to exquisite crafts and cooking demonstrations.

There will be a bonfire, a cocktail bar on the ironing board, plenty of urban producers and foragers. You can eat, drink, hangout and learn something too from the food demonstrations in the kitchen.
Friday and Saturday: She'koyohk klezmer band. 
Also Phat Lizzie and her bluegrass players (Mothball Sue, Big Bad Dan, Flatfoot Alice)
And presenting Lanré a talented Nigerian born singer/songwriter.

Plus the Dragons den on Saturday: 1pm till 3pm
Panel: Sheila Dillon of Radio 4's The Food Programme, Petra Barran of East St, Joanna Anastasiou-Milne of ThedeliStation.com and graphic designer Maria Grist.
Applicants so far...
Bee Fayre
Peck Peck icecream
Kimchi Cult
Ruth Ball liqueurs

Friday demonstrations:

6pm:Rachel Mccormack of Catalan Cooking: how to make romesco sauce with Nyoras
6.45pm: Paul A Young: chocolate masterclass
7.30pm: Ben Mackinnon of E5 Bakehouse: one of London's best artisan bread makers gives a demo.
8.15pm: Honey/pollen talk from Bee Fayre
9pm: Reiner Reiner: spinach and ricotta dumplings

Saturday demonstrations:
12pm: How to make a croquembouche: by Bruno's French Bakes!
1.30pm: Niko B: how to make caramel apples
2.00pm: The Culinary Anthropologist will be giving a demonstration of how to make winter piccalilli.
2.45pm: Capsicana: how to use dried chillis 
3.15pm: Porridge Lady shows how to make the speciality porridges that won her a prize at the Golden Spurtle.
3pm: How to make an olive oil cocktail/Bloody Mary Oyster by the bonfire bar
4pm: Zia Mays how to start smoking (by the bonfire)
Stall list:
Hot food:
Mauritian Street Food: these guys were such a hit at the last market (Fri only)
Anna Mae's Smoke house: pulled pork ect (Caitlin Moran raved about them)
Jessica Van de Sande...Suriname food including 'Pom'
Talented blogger Gastrogeek/Reijina Sabur will be cooking up curry 

Dream Boats: raclette and brie toasties
Catalan cooking will sell Catalan olive oil Mallafre family farm and savoury donuts (fri only)
Arancini Brothers: delicious risotto balls. Fried. Yes!
What the Dickens?: Victorian gentleman caterers, purveyors of kedgeree (Sat)
Tacos street food: tacos (Sat)
Dam Good Oysters: shucked fresh, with shallots, vinegar, lemon. £1.50 each (Fri/sat)

Kimchi cult: big hit at the last market...amazing kimchi sliders...
ReinerReiner: Austrian specialities (cold pressed pumpkin oil...intense taste) and borscht (Friday only)
Cold Food/provisions to take away:
Food Stories: one of the UK's finest food bloggers brings her Peckham jerk chicken marinade to the market! (Sat)
Fosse Meadows Farm: free range chickens and eggs. These guys were fashion designers, they kept chickens in Peckham (Peckham poulet!) but decided to become chicken farmers in Leicestershire. 
Greenwich Smokery: fabulous urban artisanal smoked salmon
Bruno French Bakes: Bruno comes from Lyon, the culinary centre of France. He cooks like a dream. I love his smoked salmon quiche, his aoili, he's a fabulous baker too and has just won a Master Chef live grant. (Friday only) He's doing a croquembouch master class on Saturday.
Marmelo: truly fantastic chutneys, pickles, ect. Check out her stuff.
Cultivate London are selling potted herbs (chocolate mint!) and winter vegetables grown in Isleworth.
Squisito deli: Warwickshire sausages, foccaccia bread, olives.
Elephant Juice Bar: fresh juices/smoothies
Wild Game Company: wild venison and small game
Eat My Pies: scotch eggs (Sat)
Beefayre: passionate propolis/proper wax candles/ honey/pollen stall 
Poppy Berelowitz: chutneys and jams.
Capsicana chillis: Ben is an expert and will explain how to use them. (Sat only)
The Culinary Anthropologist : Anna does preserving classes, cooking classes and a supper club...don't miss this one.
Jaz n Jul's: chocolate mixes for hot chocolate.
Porridge Lady will be selling bags of oatmeal and giving away porridge freebies from Mornflake.
Alcohol and desserts:
Paul A Young: sublime chocolates in bonfire flavours
Tunnel Brewery: microbrewery from Warwickshire, bottled beers ("I've got Trappist beers" "Are you a monk?" Er no, but they are Trappist style") also beer on tap. 
Alchemist Dreams: Ruth Balls handmade liqueurs
Happy to introduce Tony Cannoli of The Hungry Wolf Ltd: he makes interesting flavoured cannoli's, those cream filled horns plus pastries
The art of puddings: talented pudding maker Sue Aaron will bring her little pots of deliciousness.
Super Cherry gorgeous cherry wines, liqueurs, chocolates (didn't you love 'Mon cherie' ), and chocolate fig rolls.
Peck Peck Peck icecreams by Sarah Irwin
Miss American Pie: desserts
Niko B chocolates: caramel apples and Hackney hand rolled chocolates
Ubuntu chocolates...(Friday only)
Craft: (more stalls on Saturday)
My favourite hooker Cherie Matrix Holt of Trashy Crochet will be doing a granny square workshop and selling her beautiful crochet scarves and bunting. (See that cool skull bunting?)

Nadia Sparham bone china mugs and designs: 

galavant jewellery  teacups and other foodie items on necklaces and jewellery (Friday night)

fishing for pearls jewellery (Saturday only)

Avarae17/sooze ferguson jewellery

Emma Mitchell Designs: exquisite silver tea cups ect and finger prints (Saturday only)

Ruby shoes Rocks: gorgeous original bunting (Saturday only)

Crochet items from CandyflossCreated (Saturday only)

Scribe complaints: street lawyer
Madame de la Cartomancer: tarot reader

I'll be signing my book, selling mulled wine and salted caramel.

Please spread the word!
Mentions in Time Out and Metro this week!


  1. I'm deeply excited about taking part in this :)

  2. Hi, I was just wondering what time it will all finish? We'd need to leave at about 4.30pm - will we miss everything?

  3. Hi there, I was just wondering what time this finishes? We'd need to leave at 4.30pm - will we miss everything?

  4. depends which day you are talking about.
    fri is 6pm till 10pm
    sat is noon until about 5pm

  5. Sometimes I wish I still lived in London...if I did I'd be able to visit your place more often...providing I had a well paid job! Just noticed you have another blog too about dining out- where do you find the time?!

    Incidentally thought of you recently as since arriving in Bristol I've noticed there is a pop up restaurant round the corner. My housemate and I are thinking of hiring it out one evening...though we may do a few trial supper clubs at his first...will let you know how we get on if we ever get our act together and do it! ;) xxx PS What is retweeting something?

  6. Booked 3 tickets - looking forward to it! K

  7. Sorry I won't be able to make it. It's the students birthday in Edinburgh that weekend

  8. Shame, would have been nice to meet you again after so long

  9. I really hope there are more to come as I cant make it this weekend! *sad face*

  10. Shame we're away for this. Is this an annual event, or have you got a spring one coming up? Do you have a mailing list? Looks like a great bunch of stalls and participants.

  11. Agonisingly far away. So many amazing things going on here.


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