Dalston’s day-life might finally be catching up with its nightlife. At least, the signs are there and Dalston Food Market is certainly one of them. First introduced to Shadwell Lane last year for six weeks only, it was tried, tested and loved by food lovers, drinks connoisseurs and Londoners looking for some laidback fun in the sun. So this year the market returns, every Sunday from 11am-4pm, for the summer. Good news, as it has a great deal to offer.While some of London’s topnotch street food vendors including What the Dickens!, Kimchinary and Sub Cults will be there to keep the hordes well fed, it is the large array of fresh produce (with a focus on London producers) that makes Dalston Food Market particularly appealing. Dalston Food Market is the place to come for your Sunday evening wine and cheese selection, easy loved-by-all gifts (charcuterie, preserves, plants and flowers) and (if the weather permits) a stretch out in the grass.
The venue lies within the grounds of a secondary school and contains an actual patch of green, meaning you can lie back and enjoy a picnic. Maybe freshly baked bread, locally produced cheeses and fruits? Or perhaps an I Should Be Souvlaki souvlaki with – somewhat surprisingly – perfectly paired wine. Dalston Food Market gives drinks as much attention as food, and this means wines served by the glass that have been matched against each hot food dish, craft beer on tap, Hackney-distilled gin and a selection of London roasted coffees. Live music will add to the atmosphere, and there are two circus performances at noon and 2.30pm on Sunday May 3. Professionals on hand to entertain the kids will allow those with offspring to focus properly on important things, like cheese.
Dalston Food Market, Petchey Academy, Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EY. Every Sunday
By Nadia Gonzalez