MUST DO: KERB does South Bank’s Alchemy festival

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A five-day South Asian streetfood fest in SE1. Over the Bank Holiday. Yaaaas!


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Crowded KERB stalls by the London Eye and Royal Festival Hall
KERB at Alchemy. Photo: Beth Marsh
This May bank holiday the capital’s most influential streetfood pioneers will be returning to Alchemy, SE1’s festival of South Asian art and culture. Now nine years old, it’s an extravaganza of dance, comedy, music and literature.

Throughout the long weekend, to celebrate, 29 traders will be cooking up a storm of Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Sri Lankan and Pakistani dishes, including Horn Ok Please and their giant samosas, spiced mutton fries from Kolkati and Baba G’s burgers with a twist (go for the zingy lamb jalfrezi with mango chutney, our top pick.)

South Asian hot stew at KERB
South Asian street feast. Photo: Beth Marsh
Debuting at the fiesta this year is Taco Dave and his coconut shrimp burritos, along with pizza gurus Fundi, who’ll be using their skills to rustle up peshwari garlic naans. Fancy something sweet? Blu Top have a cardamom snickerdoodle ice cream sandwich on the menu.

Drink-wise, there’ll be Punjabi Pimms, Kingfisher lager or a craft beer (Thornbridge, Fourpure and a special edition tamarind and lime leaf sour from Brick Brewery to name a few). If you’re after something booze-free, refugee social enterprise Nemi will be serving masala chai and ginger iced tea.

Fill your boots then dance it off to DJ Shaiguy: he’ll be spinning bhangra tunes in the evening.

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Free, runs 3rd & 6th May (12-9pm), 4th & 5th May (11am-11pm) & 7th May (12-7.30pm), Southbank Centre, SE1

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