Another day, another market! Even on holiday I can’t resist. This time it was the special Easter Sunday market on the Southbank and since I was heading to the Festival Hall to see Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with my little man, mum and sister it was the perfect way to while away an hour before heading inside.
The Real Food Market is held every week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and celebrates the best of British Produce and small producers…and what a variety there was! From food busker John Quilter (who sadly I didn’t get to chat to as he’d just nipped to the loo…maybe next time!)
There were local organic pork sausages cooked on the griddle and meat from farmers such us Galileo organic farm in Warwickshire
Plus a handful of bigger companies such as Riverford organics. Imagine my surprise when the first stall I came to was Petros Olives & Olive oil, a company totally familiar to me as their base is in North Wales. On the stall was owner Ari’s nephew and granddaughter! Petros is a family owned business importing olives and oil from their groves in Cyprus. They have regular stalls at the local produce markets in my area, but judging by this they are getting out and about and sharing their amazing olive oil and olives with more than just the Welsh foodies! We had a good chat about how small a world it is, but I wasn’t there to buy olives on this occasion, just a few snacks before the show.
What we did buy was a delicious creamy courgette dip from Arabica Food & Spice, a couple of filo pastry strudel (chosen primarily by my sister who wanted try everything!) filled with spinach and feta and red cabbage and ricotta which we shared. Served warm they were utterly delicious.
My sister bought a bag of pasta sauce seasoning and some almond pesto Calabrese from Breadtree, but I’m still waiting for her to experiment and report back! I didn’t get a picture of their exquisitely coloured pasta, the one below is from their website, but the rainbow colours were beautiful and I stared at it enviously wishing I had the skill to produce such amazing pasta.
Aidan wanted fresh lemonade and turkish delight and being nine years old of course he was allowed. As an adult I sensibly went for savoury sustenance over a big bag of sweet, tooth sticking cubes, but my how I wished I was nine again! I eyed the variety of cakes, patisserie, churros and chocolate on display around the market and even convinced myself that the wholesome looking Outsider Tarts would be better for me (check out those fab coloured whoopie pies)
..but then my sister reminded me that the performance only lasted an hour and in two hours we would be sitting down to eat a huge Easter Sunday dinner followed by lemon meringue pie. Instead I nicked one of Aidan’s turkish delight and forlornly forewent the sweet taste I craved. A gin and tonic in the festival hall cheered me up though 🙂
Due to other events taking place, the next market will be held over the May bank holiday weekend (May 4th to 7th). In the meantime you can find a list of producers here
Go, enjoy and eat whoopie pies!