A weekly evening of gorging outdoors in Dalston

Dalston Street Feast Lon E8 opening night 6 July 2012

IF YOU love standing around on waste ground in the hope of finding and swallowing some exceptional food this summer, as we locals defiantly call the season of showers and occasional sunshine, you’ll be thrilled to hear that a popup foodie market is to open on a deserted lot in Dalston this Friday 6 July 2012 evening.

Like the one launched in Sclater Street, off Brick Lane, in May and later at the Camden Town Brewery, the Street Feast in Hartwell Street E8 3DU, will be a weekly, night-time, free-entry eat-food market with licensed bar. Sixteen vendors will be trying to tempt foodies and passers-by from Dalston Lane. A non-food stand will be hosted by Beach London, a Cheshire Street, Shoreditch gallery, showcasing its “live artists”.

It certainly seems more Dalston than the luxury hotel first mooted in Loving Dalston in February 2011 for the site, although not as Dalston as the spot 100m away last November when the highly rated chef Nuno Mendes was in action in a popup.

Street Feast’s organiser, former nightclub and festival producer Dominic Cools-Lartigue claims that the SF dining room will be a first for London: dining in a food market but with chairs, sofas and armchairs, cutlery, plates and waiters. The minimum drinks spend will be £100 a table, which can safely be hailed as a first.  Free under-cover seating will be able to take 500 people.

Homeslice wood-fired pizzas @ Street Feast Dalston opening 6 July 2012
Top: first-night smiles, above:  the pizza oven

Cools-Lartigue says: “Food and nightlife are two of Dalston’s defining elements, which makes it the perfect home for Street Feast.” (So much for Brick Lane, eh?)

Among the promised food stalls that caught Loving Dalston’s greedy eye are Kimchi Cult, offering hot and sweet Korean sliders (whatever they are) and cheese fries; Homeslice, cooking wood-fired pizzas said, yawn, to be “the best in London” (how many times has that claim been made?), and Jhal Muri Express, Calcutta/Kolkata street food. Hardcore Prawn (Asian meat and prawn skewers, spicy soups and crab bisques) wins a wry smile just for the name.

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* Street Feast, Dalston, Hartwell Street, London E8 3DU, for two months, 5pm-midnight. Twitter: @StreetFeastLDN, Facebook: Street Feast. Disabled access: everything is at ground level and on a reasonable surface. But Hartwell Street’s cobbles will make for a rough approach to the venue.

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