Coffee, Caribbean food and cocktails: Brixton’s food joints get together to show off the borough’s food scene in a week long foodie festival
Forget dreary microwaved midweek meals and eat your way through The Brixton Food Festival next week. From September 30 – October 5, every day and night sees a celebration of the area’s increasingly famous food scene, with local restaurants and food stalls pulling out all the stops.
Here are just a few of the daily highlights:
Rise and shine with Coffee Monday, where the Portugese café and Brixton stalwart, Vera Cruz, at the bottom of Brixton Hill, will be offering chai lattes for £1 all day.
Did you know that Brixton has the highest concentration of jerk chicken of anywhere in London? So why not take a date or a mate to long-standing Caribbean eatery Bamboula, on Acre Lane on Tuesday and eat your hearts out for a tenner as part of Caribbean Tuesday? Or rediscover Etta’s Seafood Kitchen, one of the first food joints to open in the market, with purse-friendly rundown curry for £6.
Beat the mid-week slump with Wednesday’s Cocktail Night and head to Seven where a fiver will buy three of their near-legendary cocktails (those boys know their stuff). Thrown in you’ll get one of their pinchos (small snacks from northern Spain) to match. Effra Social are joining in too, their do also sounding fun with their 70s and 80s themed drinks; we reviewed the bar’s launch in March.
For the lads, maybe? It’s Beer and Pizza Thursday at The White Horse – if you’ve only ever experienced it on a rowdy weekend night, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at its low-key midweek vibe.
Get into the Friday feeling with the theme being Come Dine With Brixton where Rosie’s in Market Row will mix you a special cocktail by quoting “Brixton Food Festival.” Feeling peckish? try a special dim sum taster menu with sparkling wine to carry on the party.
Saturday welcomes the final hurrah with an all-day international food market at Brixton Station Road where south Londoner Levi Roots, pictured left, will tell tales of his foodie background.
The ultimate plan of the Brixton BID (the organisation behind it)? For the festival to be “an annual event that gets bigger and better every year.” As ambitious, then, as Brixton Village itself.
Words: Sarah Fox