Dalston Yard Street Feast

Billed as "the food market which knows how to party", Dalston Yard Street Feast is a foodie's wonderland. Open every Friday and Saturday from 5pm until midnight throughout the summer months, this Dalston food paradise is crammed with delicacies from 16 hand-picked vendors and tipples from 12 tempting bars, alongside great music and a party atmosphere.

Whether you're hungry for fried chicken created to gourmet standards, Indian street food with a contemporary twist, the fluffiest steamed buns this side of Tokyo or Hawaiian-inspired healthiness in delicious salad bowls, you'll find something which tantalises your tastebuds here.

ABOUT THE MARKET

Dalston Yard's foodie heaven is the creation of cult street-food curators Street Feast, who also operate tasty food markets at Shoreditch's Dinerama, Canada Water's Hawker House and Lewisham's Model Market. Launched in 2012, Street Feast is all about turning London's derelict spaces into amazing venues for fantastic food and drink.

From live DJs to a cosy fire pit perfect for snuggling up after an evening's munching and drinking, Dalston Yard is one of Street Feast's most popular locations. And with an array of ridiculously tasty vendors, who's surprised?

B.O.B.'s Lobster’s insanely good "nostalgic yet unique New England-style lobster shack in the middle of a parking lot in Dalston" is a seafood lover's fantasy, offering delicious dishes like Ahi Tuna Tacos comprised of "three crispy wonton tacos, filled with tuna marinated in soy, ginger & honey, Hipsi ‘slaw, dotted with wasabi guacamole and chipotle creme fruit." All served in a laidback setting which makes their superb "lobster, seafood and other great ingredients accessible, affordable and fun. Whipping away the stuffiness, the white linen table-cloths, plates and cutlery".

Elsewhere at Dalston Yard Rola Wala offer seriously spice-centric naan rolls with a social conscience, while Petare bring a "proper Venezuelan experience to the streets of London".

Natalie of Street Eats London is all about Rola Wala: “Each of the vibrant Indian dishes is packed with authentic spices, herbs (love a bit of coriander) and crunch; and they pride themselves on working with the best suppliers and producers.”

THINGS TO DO NEAR DALSTON

Whether you’re searching for things to do near Dalston before the market kicks off at 5pm, or searching for nightlife after you’ve sampled its scrumptious wares, there’s plenty of great stuff to check out in the local area.

Street Eats London blogger Natalie has the inside scoop for after-hours revellers: "Dalston is a hybrid of flavours, hustle and bustle – but there are plenty of drinking dens to head to after Dalston Yard feasting. Rudie’s will take you to the Caribbean with their rum punch; Ruby’s is all about the eclectic underground cocktails. Head to Duke’s Brew & Que – the original home of Beavertown Brewery – and get the beers in; or go rooftop high with Dalston Roof Park’s summer opening".

Nearby boutique music and cocktail venue Servant Jazz Quarters offers the hottest jazz musicians and DJs in an intimate setting, while Vortex welcomes guests to one of the UK’s premier jazz clubs. To steer clear of the musical mainstream, head for Cafe OTO which hosts marvellous musicians from off-the-beaten-track. For a theatrical evening’s entertainment, find your way to the Arcola Theatre where you can catch world-class, cutting-edge theatre from respected and ground-breaking artists and performers.

For a spot of art, check out the Print House Gallery for an ever-changing exhibition of work from both emerging and established artists, or the Jonathan Viner Gallery for even more contemporary art. To learn more about the area, don’t forget to pop into the Hackney Museum.

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