With so much going on in the city, especially heading towards summer (not that we'd know it), I thought I'd start giving my edit of the countless options available. It won't be comprehensive and it will edge towards the edible. Hope that's cool.
Tonight, Bermondsey's StockMKT is cropping up for their first night market since their pilot in December. From their run on the social media offensive (eeeasy, boy), it's looking like they have quite the crop of options for aggressive eating: old favorites Kimchi Cult (*edit: apparently KC will actually be in Chelsea! Curious...), Pizza Pilgrims, and Big Apple Hot Dogs; newbies like veggie Indian street food stand Horn OK Please and James Ramsden's elevation of the British staple at Kebab Kitchen; and Bea's for the sweet stuff. There will also be other stalls covering art and other tat, live music, and a "light installation" (whatever that means) but let's not forget what's important here.
Friday 27th - 5:30pm -10pm
Bermondsey Square, Bermondsey, SE1 3UN
Tomorrow there will be a Battle [against] the Bulge as both the Brixton Bake-Off and the much-anticipated RIBSTOCK will see competitors throw down their baked and braised best.
Around 40 stall owners will be setting their scones against each other at Brixton Market, with local business owners and "celebrities" (Levi Roots? Really?) judging and swing dancing and general vintage festivities will be the icing on the cake. (Sorry).
RIBSTOCK will be quite a different animal. A Tweat Up event (which equals quality and beaucoup booze), there will be ten types of the humble rack of ribs going head to head in a Southern-style slam-down. With a Milk & Honey cocktails and craft beer, a hot sawce competition and an after-party at the Rushmore Group's new members club, the only thing that will be more difficult then deciding between the ribs is actually getting tickets.
Seriously - if anyone has tickets going spare for RIBSTOCK, I will go Hammurabi low: ribs for ribs?
Saturday 28th - 10am - 5pm
Brixton Market, Brixton,SW9 8JX
Saturday 28th - food 12pm - 4pm, drinks and afterparty onward
St Anne's Churchyard, 55 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 6AF
And all weekend holds the The Cheese and Wine Festival at the Southbank, a reliably delicious affair, and the London Coffee Festival in the Truman Brewery, which could be cool or a conglomerate of coffee nerds trying to out-geek one another on their preferred consistency of crema. All I can promise is caffeine.
The Cheese and Wine Festival
Friday 27th-Sunday 29th - 11am - 8pm
Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road, Southbank, SE1 8XX
London Coffee Festival
Friday 27th-Sunday 29th - 10am - 5pm, tickets from £9.50
Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL
Happy almost-weekend - hope for sunshine!