The weather might be dropping but those seeking a heatwave need go no further than Shoreditch this weekend for the Festival of Heat, the last UK Chilli Festival of the year and a celebration of all things hot, hot, hot!
Bringing together the best producers, market traders and fiery chefs from all around the UK, the festival is a real celebration of locally-grown produce and urban food. Budding entrepreneur? Experts will be on hand to offer advice on how to send your own sauce to market, from production to shelf, for any of you that are inspired by the sauces, jams, pickles and more available to taste on the day. Want to try out some recipes for yourself? Masterclasses for the masterchefs out there will reveal all and show you how to make your dinner parties go off with a bang.
This is the third Festival of Heat, with visitor numbers increasing year on year, and organisers say that the popularity and interest in rare chillies has never been higher. We’ve all read about the Scoville scale, and the sheer variety of chillies out there, but what does it all mean and why are chillies so endearingly popular? Pritesh Mody, owner of www.worldofzing.com, as featured on the BBC and C4’s Sunday Brunch as a chilli expert will be there this weekend to teach us all about this fascinating world. Pritesh says,
“I attribute the huge current trend for spicier cuisine to the recession of 2008. With stretched pockets, value for money became more important than ever so out went fancy plates and fine dining and in came street food with big portions and robust flavours. With much of the world’s best street food coming from South America and Asia, it was only natural that the ingredients used to cook their exotic dishes followed, including the huge variety of chillies we now see.”
Entertainment on the day will be eclectic, with bands playing folk music from all over the world. Background Bars are providing the drinks and we can’t wait to try the Chilli Martini, made from a delicious chilli-infused rum. Hats off to festival founder Rosanna Leal, who whose work to bring together local independent businesses and the various communities living and contributing to the rich life of London and the East End, has resulted in a day full of fire!
Tickets are £7.50 with children under 16 going free.
Last week we heard that Foxlow had introduced a brunch menu - perfect for weekends and now we hear that you can get 50% off that menu when booking online via OpenTable and using the offer code ‘Brunch 50%’ (put it in the special requests box).
Makes it a little better that we didn't get the hot weather we were promised this weekend right?
What you have to try is The All Day Breakfast Burger (pictured above). You'll probably not need to east for the rest of the day once you've gobbled this down with a bloody Mary or two.
Plus it's not just this weekend that the offer's on. It's on every weekend until the end of November - Yipee!
Sat & Sun until 30th November 2014, 11am – 4pm 69-73 St John Street, London, EC1M 4AN
Pork Life, an exciting weekend food festival from Big Eater, the team behind Ribstock, Chilli Chilli Bang Bang and National Burger Day and Masterchef champion Tim Anderson, is coming to Dalston Yard this weekend!
Celebrating all things pig, the giant list of vendors includes Bubbledogs, SmokeStak, Nanban, Le Swine, Q Grill, Bleecker Street Burger and Breddos.
Tickets are £15 (and include a free Boilermaker — a shot of TINCUP whiskey to sip with a Frontier craft lager — on arrival, a bottle of The Rib Man's Bacon Holy F*** hot sauce and a bag of Mr Trotter's Great British Pork Crackling). Plus, for those who missed out on RibStock tickets (they sold out in 55 seconds!), Pork Life guests will get the chance to taste the seven winning competition ribs too, as the events will be running simultaneously at Dalston Yard.
Link to tickets: http://www.tweatup.co.uk/pork-life/
This Saturday is the final day of Fairground, the three storey emporium of music, food and opinions that has popped up in East London this Spring.
Sending off the 10 week run with a bang, closing weekend will host an afternoon with Island Records, one of the biggest music labels in the industry, a screening of short films selected by Future Shorts, as well as a World Cup takeover with screenings when England take on Italy in their opening World Cup game on Saturday.
Food will come from street food favourites Cheeky Italian, who take over the top floor restaurant, with Rainbo, a BBQ brunch with Ginger Pig and Yum Jungle in the outdoor courtyard.
With free entry all day from 12:00pm-3:00am, the Fairground closing party should definitely be on your to do list this weekend.
FAIRGROUND: FINAL SATURDAY LINE-UP
Saturday – 14th June
Level One - ‘Fairground Live’: Between 7pm-9pm, Future Shorts will host a summer season screening of short films. Watch England take on Italy in the first group stage game of the World Cup from 10pm-1am. Funky duo Ill Blu will be on the decks for a late night Fairground party from 1am-3am.
Level Two - Grandaad Lounge: The renowned musical pioneers Island Records will be taking over the Grandaad lounge. Island Records and Island Life will host a seminar from 3pm-4pm on life working behind the scenes at one of the biggest record labels in the industry. Guest speakers include marketing expert and A&R Alex Boateng, Becky Richardson who works in radio promotions and Island Life representative Alexander Waldron.
Designers Ross Stirling, Kate Moross and Head of marketing Olivia Nunn will lead a discussion on the future of sleeve designs from 4pm-5pm. From idea to creation discover how music videos are made from 5pm-6pm with Natalia Maus and Alexander Waldron. The 6pm-6:30pm panel discussion will be spearheaded by Island Records' A&R team who share insight into the music industry and artist development. Still not impressed? Meet the people behind the label between 6:30pm-7pm.
Island Records and rising London star George the Poet will cap off the evening with an exclusive spoken word piece from 7pm-8pm.
Rum, Drinks and Food will be on hand between 8pm-10pm, also award winning gyoza and freshly prepared salads will be served by Rainbo.
Level Three - Fairground Diner: Cheeky Italian will introduce their newest menu to the fairground faithful, full of tasty traditional dishes.
BBQ Brunch will be on hand from 12pm-5pm serving their delicious Ginger Pig Sausages, bacons and eggs. For those who missed out on tasting Yum Jungle's signature Thai spiced fried chicken at Fairground’s launch weekend (or simply can’t get enough!), catch them for the last time in the Courtyard. Their original pan-Asian fried chicken recipe, served with an Asian-slaw and fries will be sure to keep the outdoor crowd happy.