Feted to be a huge hit in the heart of Hackney

St-John-at-Hackney village fete 120714 © david.altheer@gmail.com

ONLY HACKNEY could come up with a church fete where food, drink, music… everything, was “curated”.

Yep, everywhere else it’s laid on, served up, dished out. But when the coolest church in north London (surely?) organises a fair, only a hipster (or should that be pretentious?) term will do.

To quote St John-at-Hackney’s press release, “With food and drink curated by Hackney Heart Market and the Five Points Brewing Company, music by Hackney EmpireVisions Festival and Shoreditch Radio, as well as entertainment for adults and kids alike, the afternoon blah-blah…”

St-John-at-Hackney village fete 120714 © david.altheer@gmail.com
Splat: wetter even than most priests

To cater for the thousands of people attracted to it, the fair will cover nine linked sites across the parish grounds and the Narrow Way at E8 1HR before moving to Entrepôt, which will be hosting a drinks and snacks with the boule-like pétanque.

The day includes:

* Local ale, lager and soft drinks, homemade honey, Turkish market;

* Village green (aka the front garden) donkey rides and a petting zoo (teenagers making out?), annual Hackney Dog Show, various arts and crafts stalls, coconut shies, Hackney Playbus;

* Hackney Empire Music Stage, Shoreditch and London Fields radio stations, DJ stage, local artists, Hackney Voices, Hackney Empire Singers and Victoria Park Singers showcasing the natural acoustics in the nave;

* Escorted visits to the top of St Augustine’s Tower near by at E8 1AE;

* Children’s activities, Hackney scouts.

dogs: St John at Hackney fete's dog show 120714 © david.altheer@gmail.com
Ruff justice: the 2014 Hackney fete’s dog show

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* Hackney Summer Fete, St John-at-Hackney, Lower Clapton Road E5 0PD, 18 July 2015, noon-7pm. Entry free, although donations are encouraged for the church’s refurbishment and its charities.

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