School summer holidays are nearly upon us and to celebrate, Street Feast, the start-up that operates 4 pop-up dining and entertaining sites in Dalston, Shoreditch, Lewisham and Canada Water, are announcing new daytime opening hours, bringing lunchtime feasting to the masses from midday onwards.
Hawker House, in Canada Water Business Park, Model Market, in Lewisham, South East London, and Dalston Yard, will all be open from midday starting this coming Saturday, whilst Dinerama, in Shoreditch High Street, will open both Saturday and Sunday, until late.
The founders are encouraging mums and dads to bring their kids to sample the incredible range of food on offer, from pizzas at Fundi, “soft pillowy” Chinese Buns from Yum Bun, stuffed with hoisin pork belly, and Chin Chin Lab’s Sticky Toffee Sundaes.
Whilst the adults relax with a round of pineapple daiquiris, kids can enjoy the tropical playground at Hawker House, with sand pits, trampolines, and face painting, high chairs available – and even dog bowls – all of the venues are dog friendly and furry friends are welcome, say the founders.
Street Feast also caters for children’s parties, with private areas available to book. Hawker House has turned indoor and outdoor car parks into tropical play areas – the “Land of Bamboo”, accessible via the “rainbow road” fuses Hawaiian food outlets with play areas, with a giant fire pit for “vibes and sacrifices”, as well as staple pop-up diners including Breddos, Meat Hook and Kamm’s Kitchen.
Dinerama is free to enter before 7pm, and £3 per person afterwards, and besides food outlets like Duck n’ Roll, Smokestak, and Cheeky Italian, is home to the “German Sex Dungeon” bar, and Winerama. The wearing of Lederhosen, presumably, is far from frowned upon.
At the Model Market in Lewisham, described as a “game changer” by British Street Food, and as the “European Capital of Vibes” by its proprietors, is a familiar mix of bars and eateries, from Rum Shack and the Rotary Bar, to HotBox and Club Mexicana.
And Dalston Yard, “the food market that knows how to party”, according to Time Out, is rocking a “Tequila Treehouse”, Kozel Beer Truck, legendary fried chicken outlet Mother Clucker, STAKEhaus, and the imaginatively named White Men Can’t Jerk.
As Hackney’s hipsters mature and foodies start to raise families, it seems Street Feast has them covered. The venues attract some of London, maybe even the world’s best traders, street food chefs, entertainers and personalities. “Its like a little funky holiday”, says one reviewer on Trip Advisor, “You can’t help smiling at everyone around you”.
“Yep, its exxy, but so is Brockley Market and they don’t have the set up or security costs”, says another. Anyone know what “exxy” actually means?
Overall, gripes about prices aside, the venues receive rave reviews from a crowd that can remember when it all began, or were simply passing, decided they had to try it, and keep coming back for more.
Street Feast was founded by Dom Cools-Lartigue, who started out running raves at the Electric Cinema on Portobello Road, before deciding, after the birth of his first child, to change tack. Inspired by food markets in places like Zanzibar and Barbados, and by the huge variety of different cultures and eating styles in London, Lartigue, who said in a recent interview “I knew my way around temporary event notices and council licenses”, decided to try a food market, and the rest is history.
“People say it’s the smell that gets them first at Street Feast”, he has said. The vibe and the beverages probably come close behind, and now that the venues are becoming more and more child friendly, it looks like Street Feast, which is refreshingly unpretentious and will set up wherever they discover a good vibe, be it trendy Dalston or soulful South East London, is here to stay. A chance to tuck in, enjoy fun for all the family, and leave the dog bowl at home.