Urban Food Fest

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.

Things to do in east london

We’ve already mentioned some of the best attractions in the immediate area, such as Spitalfields Market and Redchurch Street, but there’s also Brick Lane, which is just as famous for its curry houses as its eclectic vintage and retro shops.

A little further afield you’ll find the Whitechapel Art Gallery on Whitechapel High Street, which held its first exhibition in 1901. A major expansion in 2009 means visitors can now enjoy a quality arts bookshop and fine-dining restaurant alongside nine galleries showing work from leading artists drawn from public and private collections.

Further into East London is the redeveloped area of Stratford, home of the largest urban shopping centre in Europe, Westfield Stratford City. In this area you can also stroll around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and take in some of the sights from London 2012.

Spreading south over 326 miles from Ware to the River Thames is the Lee Valley Regional Park, a waterside park complete with bird reserves and ecology park, providing a tranquil end to your day in East London.

If you find there are simply too many things to do in East London and beyond to fit into one day, why not stay the night in one of the many hotels near Shoreditch to give you a little more time to explore?