Friday, 4 May 2012

Friday Round Up

Alright, folks - another weekend has rolled around, and a long one at that. Here are some ideas for making the most of it.

Tonight is the first Street Feast in Shoreditch - another now-weekly night market of favorite food trucks. But lest you think it's yet another foodie love-in (sigh, eye-roll, etc), know that this feasting fiesta will bring together the best of the best - Camden Brewery's microbrews, Kimchi Cult's kimchi-covered burgers, The Bowler's big balls, Homeslice's personal pizzas, The Ribman with his previously-described despicable "Holy Fuck" hot sauce and a special guest appearance from Wahaca - and you can eat their offerings either on the street or avoid the hassle of queues from the comfort (TBC) of their 'Carwash Dining Room'.

photo: Street Feast

Street Feast
Fridays until 20th July - 5pm-midnight
Sclater Street Car Park off Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6HR

After all that deliciousness, you'll want to get dancing - roll your way to the Southbank to catch a late night opening of his exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, where David Shrigley will be hitting the decks with DJ Jeremy Deller.

photo: Southbank Centre

Friday 4th - 8pm-late (exhibition open until 10pm)
South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, Southbank SE1 8X

Speaking of 'fiestas', tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo (olé!), and although Britain might not celebrate with the same spirit as us Americans, I urge you to head somewhere like Ceviche or La Bodega Negra in Soho to, at very least, get on the marg train. Try LBN's 'Pepino' - tequila, mezcal, cucumber, and jalapeño. It might make your clothes fall off.

17 Frith Street London, Soho, W1D 4RG

La Bodega Negra
9 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 5JF

All weekend long, Hackney will be buzzing with both the Land of Kings festival and the kick off of The Dead Dolls Club summer-long takeover of London Fields Brewery.

The Land of Kings, a "sprawling celebration of all things creative" over two days and 15 different venues, will host a huge mix, so see the daily details and get tickets here.

And, back to BBQ, event empresarios The Dead Dolls are staging their "Summer Affair" in the London Fields Brewery with barbeque and beer. Thrillist did a great profile of the independent brewery, which can only be improved by a pick'n'mix of protein on a huge 'barbie, including a whole suckling pig, and a one-off batch of brew that will join their half-dozen regulars on tap. The festivities should continue all summer long, with live bands, local DJs, craft stalls, and no tickets or booking. Lecool puts it best: "What you’re going to get is basically a utopic microcosm of everything the nice parts of Hackney have to offer in one smartly dressed package; things like twats-in-hats, market stalls, and people playing accordions". Done.

 photo: London Fields Brewery
Land of Kings
Friday 4th-Saturday 5th - various times, locations

London Fields Brewery
Saturday 5th-Monday 7th - 11am-12am
370 Helmsley Place, London Fields, E8 3RR

And now thinking ahead, as events seem to stack up and clog the calendar especially in summer, buy your tickets for Secret Cinema's new show before their inevitable sell-out. They have just released the enigmatic invatiations for their new season, and after an amazing evening this January at their screening of The Third Man at Secret Restaurant in collaboration with St John, I can't wait to see what this summer's show will be.

Secret Cinema
Dates, times vary, location TBC - buy tickets here.

Finally, get ready to go native at the Wilderness Festival. From the people behind Secret Garden Party and Lovebox, the festival in Oxfordshire will feature live music from bands like Rodrigo Y Gabriella, Wilco, Field Music, Spiritualized, Benjamin Francis Leftwich; long table banquets by Ottolenghi and Fergus Henderson; more food from Sam and Sam of Moro and some favorite food trucks; talks from The School of Life; a midnight masked ball; all along with swimming, boating, riding, fishing, and, I'm sure, "so much more!". It looks like a fairly epic outdoor adventure.

Wilderness Festival
10th-12th August
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

So there you have it. Make the most of that Monday off!

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