* Update, spring, 2015: TheDalston Food Market reopened on Sunday 26 April 2015
THE TROUBLE with the food markets that pop up around London is that they are not much fun for children… and thus for their young parents.
At least, so reckons farm-raised Hackneyite Max Kennedy. So he is starting a Sunday market in Dalston.
The key point is an activity area for children, which should make them happy while their parents are sampling street food or buying provisions.
The market will be in sections:
* hot-food area with street-food chefs, “everything,” says Kennedy, “from poached eggs cooked sous vide style in bloody mary salsa to sandwiches filled with bacon cured in Hackney”.
* London produce – cheese, honey, smoked salmon, fish, meat and vegetables – as well as farm produce.
* children’s area, with an arts stall, baking and face-painting, and a different theme every week. If the theme is, for example, the Snowman, the youngsters can make a snowman, bake a snowman and become a snowman by having their face painted.
* photo-booth stall, where people can have their portraits taken.
Christmas trees will be on sale (for charity) and a photo booth stall where people can have their portraits taken. Live music is also promised.
Kennedy tells Loving Dalston that having lived in Hackney for 10 years while raising two children, he realised that though the borough has “millions of things” to do, “once you have kids, the options suddenly become reduced and you end up struggling for things to do and end up going to the swings – again.
“So the idea behind the food market is to create a space that will be fun for people of all ages. ”
Odd that entrepreneurs see an increasing demand for markets as Hackney’s traditional markets are losing custom.
* Dalston Market launches on Sunday 16 November 2014 at Petchey Academy, Shacklewell Lane, Dalstson E8 2EY, every Sunday from 10-3pm. Enter via southwestern gate. Good disabled access.
* Update 160415: After several weeks of rough weather, Max Kennedy closed the market. He will reopen it on 19 April 2015 “when the weather is [likely to be] warmer”. He adds: “The market is going to be quite a bit bigger and will move into the grounds of the school.”
Hamish Scott 281014
* The pictures were taken by David Altheer on the opening day, after the article was written.
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