Only a very short time ago, it seemed like the only food event round these parts was bumping into another poor soul at what is officially The World's Most Pathetic Farmer's Market (every Sunday morning outside the library).
No longer. It's now all kicking off here in Peckham food-wise. Just last weekend, for example, no less a personage than Jay Rayner gave Peckham Refreshment Rooms a stonking review; I'll leave it to you to decide whether the fact that (according to Time Out) the "hipness quota really cranks up in the evening, attracting Peckham’s edgy [edgy?] art scene/boho crowd" is a plus or a minus.
If such a crowd exists, you may find their presence difficult to reconcile with Vice's considered opinion that Peckham is now "Dalston without the cunts", but these Jamesian social distinctions are, sadly, beyond my grasp. The last time I was 'edgy' was when I was off my tits on billy whizz at a Toots and The Maytals' gig in the eighties.
But back to the food: this weekend we've got the MUNCH food festival happening in Holly Grove Park (that's the tiny strip of green running along the side of Peckham Rye station):
Meanwhile, 'neath the shadow of Skint Towers, the Frog on the Green is undergoing a transformation into a Pan Balkan Meze and Grill establishment - the Peckham Bazaar. At the moment it's in 'pop-up' mode on occasional weekends during this summer. Last weekend's menu read thusly:
Pork souvlaki wrap with tsatsiki and pickled carrots £5
John (owner/chef) is cooking up an absolute storm. You should really get down there at the first chance. For this next weekend, he is ditching the Balkan theme though, and teaming up with the Big Mama of Peckham's food scene, Helen of Food Stories to hold a JERK PARTY!!!
Amazingly, Helen will - AT THE SAME TIME - be running a stall at the aforementioned MUNCH, selling her own Jerk Marinade. This, mind you, while also running two blogs (here's the other one), writing a book, holding down a job and studying for a PhD. I'm knackered just writing that. Respect is most definitely due. All this lardbucket of lethargy can say is:
♫ ...Shake, shake, shake, senora, shake it all the time
And while we're on the subject of pop-ups, the legendary Sally Butcher is hosting one of her regular Persepolis events at Anderson & Co this very night - keep a look-out for the next one. By the way, Sally's third book Snackistan is out this October.
Finally, at least for the moment, the Comintern of the street food revolution A.K.A. KERB is, as I write, planning an invasion of the South:
North of the river? I've shit it.
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