In terms of foodie destinations, we Londoners are pretty spoilt. There are long-standing institutions like Borough, community-led markets like Brixton Village and newbies such as Mare Street and Soho Vegan Market cropping up all the time…It’s safe to say this city has an ever-evolving and insatiable appetite for food.
This month, the growing demand has stretched to South East London’s Deptford, as a weekly food market that’s set to attract gourmands from all over to this little Lewisham corner has launched. Food critic and author Grace Dent partnered with food event expert Kate McKenzie to christen the debut weekend of ‘Deptford Bites’ last Saturday with a host of live talks and panel discussions. Topics varied from food (of course!) and community to the heavy regeneration (read: gentrification) which Deptford has seen in the past couple of years and what this means for residents both old and new.
One particular talk which made our ears prick up was ‘Deptford Ditches Dairy’, which honed in on the growing vegan scene in the area. Restaurateur and vegan ambassador Jay Brave questioned if veganism is just another foodie fad and discussed the unlikely evolution of Hackney as a plant-based food mecca.
Deptford Bites will take place every Saturday from 10am-3pm at Deptford Market Yard, SE8 4BX. Revellers can expect a melting pot of the city’s best produce and street food traders, plenty of local, smaller scale craft stalls and live music.
Some of the food stalls we’re most excited about sinking our teeth into are:
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen – For contemporary Ghanaian food including the MOST delicious plantain
Black Mylk Ice Cream – For scoops of heavenly vegan ceylon cinnamon & walnut praline ice cream
What the Fattoush – For fresh, perfectly seasoned, vegan Palestinian goodness
Dosa Deli – For South Indian dosas and chai = the dream
And to stock our larders, we’ll be making a beeline for these traders:
Natural Born Wine – For biodynamic and natural wines from around the world
Zeytoon Bar – For the most delicious olives
Celtic Bakers – For really, really good artisan bread
The market will also play host to special events throughout the year, including a ‘We Love Cheese’ festival on Sat 5th May. For more information, head to the official website.
We’ll see you there!