Category: Food & Drink


Festive fun descends on Victoria Park this Christmas as Winterville brings together a boundless Santa sized sack of for all the families.

Bust some moves on the outdoor ice rink or roller disco, have a fleeting romance on the ferris wheel or take a ride on a horsedrawn carriage.

You can also wet your whistle with a warming beverage from ‘Bar Humbug’ while you watch the some comedy and cabert and the special Christmas panto.

Running from the 2nd till the 31st of December, entry to Winterville 2014 is FREE. For a full programme of events visit



Sausage Fest at the Breakfast Club

Celebrate with a banger as The Breakfast Club Sausage Fest brings in a special menu of food and games, to pay homage to our favourite meat treat.

As part of British Sausage Week, chow down on their mega toasted muffin or share some sticky sausages and chili sauce.

See who is the most man of your food friends by taking on the sausage king competition: chowing six slippery one’s the quickest*

They’ll also be laying beer and bangers which partners a platter of specialty dogs, washed down with massive German Steins of beer.

British Sausage Week is running from Monday 3rd – Sunday the 9th of November at The Breakfast Club’s across the capital.

THE SAUSAGE KING OF LONDON Spitalfields BC Fri 7th from 6pm. Competition kicks off at 8.00pm



Sausage Fest

Halloween Urban Food Fest

On Saturday 1st November, you will find a ravenous crowd staggering in a zombie like fashion to the Urban Food Fest Halloween Ghosts & Ghouls Extravaganza.

The spooky soiree will feature devilish street food delights including: witches Korean pork burgers, wickedly spicy jalapeños, plus ‘Day of the Dead’ pulled beef and hot salsa Mexican wraps.

The market will also feature a premium bar and forbidden fruits cocktail bar serving ‘Blood red’ pomegranate & vodka cocktails and the ‘Ghouls Mystery’ acai-berry, mint and rum cocktail.

Everyone in Halloween fancy dress will win a free spine-chilling shot from the Urban Food Fest bar and the best costume will win a bottle of the most sinful champagne.

Halloween Urband Food Fest takes place from 5pm to Midnight, is free entry and is at Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU


Miriam Beard | @MiriHB
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Halloween Brewing

London Fields Brewery are launching a range of Halloween themed beers just in time to celebrate in scrumptiously spooky fashion.

Pumpkin amber ale is infused with spices with hints of cinnamon, cloves and nutmegs to give you a mildly winter warming while Gyle 666 is a spiced brown ale for the more stoutly of drinkers.

To celebrate they are hosting a special Halloween party on Thursday the 30th of October from 6pm with spooky tours of the brewery also going down.

Twitter: @LdnFldsBrewery


Miriam Beard | @mirihb




Up-Cycled plates at the Hoxton Hotel

In mainland Europe they throw them into the fire at the end of supper, here in Zen Shoreditch we Up-Cycle for many merry meals more.

You along with your continental cousins are invited to the Hoxton Hotel to take your crappy crockery, and give it a facelift at a special event for crafters who enjoy doing the dishes, in a special way.

Make a special mantle piece decoration or something for your beans and toast with paints, glitters, designs and fabrics while enjoying some drinks and popcorn with fellow crafters.

Up Cycled pates takes place at the Hoxton Hotel on Tuesday the 28th of October from 7pm.



Jam & Dine at The Russet

Get geared up for the next installment of live music and delicious dinner as Jam and Dine gets set to put on a night of entertaining and edible enjoyment.

Hear an array of live music with blues, alternative rock and folk from Zara Tobias performing her acoustic & harmony-filled set, the husky voice of Daniel Glover, and bluesy folk from Davey James.

There will also be live art and poetry with spoken word artist Charlie Dupre will be performing along with Novemto Komo doing a live painting of the evenings events.

Jam & Dine at the Russet takes place on Wednesday the 29th of October from 6pm with the first performances getting going at 7:30pm.

£5 tickets here.


Twitter: @JamSandwichLive


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Miriam Beard | @mirihb

Cider Box at the Old Ship

Our friends from Cider Box are crossing the channel for their next pop up bringing with them some of the finest French produce for you to salivate over and sample.

Throughout the evening, cider connoisseur Dan will guide you through six delicious French Ciders expertly paired with six scrumptious French cheeses.

Your ticket to this delightful soirée is just £20, which includes your exquisite cider and cheese. And if you can prove you are French, you’ve bagged yourself a 15% discount on your ticket!

Cider Box at the Old Ship Inn, Mare Street takes place on Saturday the 25th of October from 6pm. Find their Facebook event page here and buy your tickets here NOW!

Listen back to our Cider Box special with the Preshaah here.




Miriam Beard | @mirihb

Cakeageddon at the Hoxton Hotel

Prepare thyselves for a gruesome, disgusting, repulsive, yet delicious cake feast at the Hoxton Hotel.

This Halloween Miss Cakehead and Eat Your Heart Out are back for the fourth year bringing you an array of cakes that are so gross, they’re beautiful.

These treats are not for the squeamish, as they portrait rotting corpses, capitated animals and more horrific images.

Check out the cake installation of your nightmares on the 30th of October and the 1st of November at the Hoxton Hotel.


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Oui Madame review

Fancy French tonight? Get yourself down to Stoke Newington’s new late night bistro, Oui Madame.

Situated at 182 Stoke Newington Road, this bohemian bar serves up classic, simple French dishes and tantalizing cocktails.

Try their signature ‘Oui Madame’ served with a spritz of absinthe or go for something with gin and elderflower. Cocktails come in singles or carafes so they’re perfect for sharing.

This Parisian hang out is an ideal place to come for a few drinks and some sharing plates before heading down to La Culotte – their basement nightclub which welcomes some of the hottest world music artists on the scene.

Try their French sausage, pork cheek croquettes, and pomme frites with blue cheese sauce. More substantialoptions include your classic steak and fries or their 3 course set menu, priced at a reasonable £23.

Open past midnight during the week, and till 2am on weekends.


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Cider Box at The Old Ship review

The other week the Old Ship in Hackney transformed itself into a Real Cider Festival, with all ciders and meads supplied by real cider connoisseur Dan – founder of distribution and events company The Cider Box.

Guests were treated to the CIDER VS CHEESE TASTING SESSION – eight unique ciders ranging from 4% to 19.5% (!) in generous half pint measures, paired with delicious cheeses courtesy of Ian from London company Raw Cheese Power.

The pairing of Joe Strummer’s favourite cider – extremely dry Wilkins Medium, with an eighteen month matured unpasteurised Montgomery cheddar was unrivalled, except perhaps by the ‘Perry’ – cider made from pears (and nothing like Kopperberg!) – with a pungent Warwickshire goats cheese.

Other highlights involved the Piltonkeeved cider, served in a champagne flute, and the Somerset Pomona mead

A fantastic evening – just the ticket to ease you into the festive season.And word on the street is that this could become a monthly event.

Listen back to our Cider Box special with the Preshaah -

You can catch the Raw Cheese Power fellas every Saturday at Archway Market, Broadway Market and Maida Hill Market, and every Sunday at Chatsworth Road and Harringey.


The Cider Box