Goat’s milk ice cream, crickets, Hackney tea, Tottenham Ploughman’s and local crayfish all on the menu

Hackney Herbal Teas

Published: 21 Aug 2019

London’s food lovers will be once again be spoilt for choice at this year’s eight Urban Food Fortnight, organised to celebrate the food being grown, made, cooked and saved on our doorstep.

Dozens of events and special menus will run across the city between 19th September and the 6th October, providing Londoners unique opportunities to visit hidden places, taste unusual local ingredients or share food with a story about how and why it was made.

The event launches on Thursday 19th September with renowned American author and fermentation expert, Sandor Katz, who will talk about the importance of fermentation and run a demo using produce sourced from London’s larder.

Across the fortnight there will be supper clubs popping up on farms, classes on making your own good food and a chance to taste ‘rare’ sustainable ingredients such as local goat’s milk ice cream, and crayfish caught in London. There will also be London-grown cocktails, a Hackney tea-party and a dive into the future of food.

Sustainable restaurants such as OXO Brassiere and The Table Café will showcase London specials, with others such as offering discounts to people who support the event.

There will also be a number of free and family friendly events across the fortnight in the city’s thriving urban gardens who will host Urban Harvest events in partnership with the Capital Growth food growing network, including the annual Harvest Festival of London’s City Farms.

Anyone wanting to find out more should contact sarah@sustainweb.org 020 355 96777

Interviews and photos available on request.

Notes to editors

  1. Urban Food Fortnight is a not-for-profit event set up and run by London Food Link - a network of people, businesses and organisations who make, trade, promote and campaign for good food in the capital. www.sustainweb.org/londonfoodlink/
  2. Flagship events for #UFF2019 include:
  • Future of Food with Rachel de Thample and Six Legs Farm @the Table Café, try your hand at making protein balls with crickets and foraged foods, before tucking into a vegan feast.
  • Making Herbal Infusions with Honey with Bermondsey Street Bees at Mercato Metropolitana
  • Eleven98 Supper Club – dine on Aidan Brook’s seven carefully curated tasting courses, based entirely on Hackney-sourced produce, with a game theme.
  • Waste Less Supper Club with Naked Larder and Brixton Pound Café, showing how to dine package and waste free!
  • Wild and wonderful supperclub featuring Flat Earth pizzas and Jessie Ferment - local fermenter, Jessie, will work with the team at Flat Earth to create unique meat-free pizzas, salads and desserts with interesting flavours and local ingredients
  • Urban Harvest including Urban Herbal, where growers will gather to celebrate the Equinox and create a distinct London tea blend,  and The London Harvest Festival bringing the good life to the city packed with donkeys, goats, cows, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, horticultural displays and farm craft activities
  • Food Talk; Grow, Eat, Act – hear from Urban Farmer, Holden and other inspiring speakers on how to get involved in creating a better food system.
  • Tottenham Ploughman’s featuring cheese, beer and bread all made in Tottenham alongside Crayfish Bob’s speciality local crayfish.
  • EnField to Fork: Dinner at Forty Hall farm; dine on north’s London finest local food and tour the Farm and London’s only Organic Vineyard.
  • Masterclasses at Made in Hackney on Wild Food, Cooking with Aquafaba and Vegan cooking.

Plus there will be special menus at venues including OXO Tower Restaurant who are creating Vegetables en papillote, wild plum chutney, panisse chips, truffle mayonnaise special using produce from Sutton Community Farm and foraged plums.

  1. London Food Link is part of the food and farming charity Sustain. www.sustainweb.org
  2. The event has run annually since 2012. www.urbanfoodfortnight.org  @londonfoodlink #UFF2019
  3. Each year it connects thousands of Londoners with the hidden gems of London’s good food scene as well as growers, producers, restauranteurs and pretty much everyone interested in food. Many of the pop-up events featured provide a one-off chance for urban-dwellers to sample ultra-local menus, find food growing in the city or find some of the quirkiest supper clubs around. www.sustainweb.org/uff/
  4. Last year there were 100 events across the capital with a number focused on family friendly events, London beers, fine dining and more.
  5. This year the event is supported by Organico and Alara Wholefoods.