in a nutshell
Urban Food Fest was set up in the summer of 2013 by City Lawyer and investment banking duo Jessica and Mike. The high powered pair have created the only pop up street food market in London, which welcomes 15 different food trucks and stalls every Saturday. The result is a smorgasbord of some of the best street food of any of the London markets.
One of the best things about the Urban Food Fest is the fact that the traders change weekly, which means you never know exactly what delicious food you’ll find. It also gives more independent traders and producers the chance to showcase their wares. As well as plenty to eat, there’s no shortage of drink at Urban Food Fest, with specialist cocktails and craft beers, spirits, shots, international wines and champagne, plus live music and seating areas.
about the market
If you’re looking for the ultimate "foodporn experience", then according to blogger Sammijo Samuel, the Urban Food Fest should feature high on your list. But there’s more to this market than just gourmet burger induced highs. People are also drawn to the area for the bustling bar scene and nightlife. As Sammijo says: "People tend to make a day of wandering around and taking in some of the street art, rummaging for bric-a-brac at the nearby Spitalfields Market and strolling past the cool boutiques along Redchurch Street."
The Urban Food Fest gives you an international eating experience without the need for a passport. You’ll find everything from Vietnamese and Spanish, to Middle Eastern and Greek, along with a Vegan offering and plenty of sweet shops for dessert.
One Urban Food Fest regular is Ping, the Chinese Malaysian chef at The Ugly Dumplings. Ping has travelled extensively through South East Asia and has worked at Oxfordshire’s Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, giving her valuable insight into Michelin-starred cuisine. She specialises in homemade fusion dumplings with Asian inspired recipes like aromatic duck, pork and prawn, pork belly, spinach and tofu, chicken satay and many more.
You’re also likely to find Will Bacon and Ed Bisiker’s Kurbside Kitchen at the festival, which serves up delicious street food classics like gourmet hotdogs and burgers served with a mouth watering array of pickles and relishes. And if that wasn’t naughty enough, you can finish it all off with an indulgent slice of Urban Cheesecake.