After Dark at Chiswick House

Looking for something different to do with your evenings? Head to After Dark at Chiswick House & Gardens for dazzling light installations, festive workshops and delicious street food and drinks.

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Launching tonight, the stunning 18th Century Chiswick House and Gardens has been transformed into an event like no other. 

World-renowned lighting designer and illumination artist Nick Gray – who’s designed lighting for Kasabian, Sub Focus and Mulberry just to name a few – has curated a 45-minute trail to bespoke music, flooding contemporary light through the gardens and bringing the historic backdrop of the venue to life.

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Sip on a hot apple juice or a Bailey’s hot chocolate whilst you look out for art installations from up-and-coming artist Finn Thomson or take part in a screen printing or decorate your own baubles workshop.

And if you’re feeling hungry, we’ve got you covered! We’ve selected some of London’s very best street food to make sure there’s a taste to suit all the family. Enjoy steamy, oozing cheese toasties from The Cheese Truck, or grab a taste of Mexico by visiting Taco Dave (because Tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays, right?). Or go and see the team at The Duck Shed, they whip up burgers, wraps and salad boxes – and trust us, they have a vegan ‘duck’ dish that will fool even the meatiest carnivores. Finish off the evening with Love Churros, because, who doesn’t love churros?

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This is a modern take on festive with no Santa in sight, the perfect setting to experience something new this winter.

Tickets are on sale now via eventbrite.co.uk and prices start at just £8.50.
There’s also a chance to WIN four tickets over on our Instagram page, click here to enter!


Win A Free Stall at Ealing Artisan Market

Coinciding with Small Business Business Saturday, we are offering one small business the opportunity to win a free stall at Ealing Artisan Market at Elizabeth Square, Dickens Yard on Saturday 1st December 2018.

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Supporting local businesses is a core ethos of Eat Me Drink Me and on Saturday 1st December, Ealing Artisan Market will be supporting Small Business Saturday - a national campaign aimed at encouraging people to shop locally and to support their local economy on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the first Saturday in December.

Expect seasonal ingredients, live music and mulled wine to sip while you shop from local makers and designers plus the unique opportunity for one small business to trade for free!

Are you a small business? All you have to do is submit your entry form by Friday 23 November. 

The winner will be selected by our panel of experts and invited to trade at the market on Saturday 1st December 2018 market between 11am and 4pm.

Click here to submit your entry form!

Good luck!

All hail the veggies, it's World Vegan Month!

Whether your vegan, veggie or full on carnivore, there’s no denying that veganism is on the rise. Everywhere you look there’s a new vegan menu, a new vegan burger or a new mock meat on the shelves, so this World Vegan Month, why not try something new?

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With these delicious options popping up across London and beyond this month, you’ll be spoilt for choice…

Ealing Artisan Market - Elizabeth Square, Dickens Yard, Saturday 11am - 4pm

There’s plenty of choice here to keep you satisfied whilst you peruse the stalls full of crafts and makes by local artisans. From mouth-wateringly decadent brownies from Morish Jems making an appearance each Saturday, to feel good bites to keep you energized from Spoons of Taste, bouncing down on Nov 3rd, there’s surely a sweet to tickle your tooth.

More of a savoury fan? Visit L’Amuse Bouche for a vegan crepe, fully loaded with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and fresh basil, available on Nov 17th. Or see the guys at Azafran to try their Mexican street food take on the cuisine - they’ll be there Nov 3rd and 10th.

Knebworth Winter Festival - Knebworth House 9th - 11th November

Are you heading to the grand Country House in Hertfordshire next weekend? (Grab your tickets here if you haven’t already!) Then look out for Pieminster’s deep dish goodness, full to the brim of steaming mushrooms and tomatoes in red wine, with onions and thyme to keep you warm whilst you enjoy the festivities. Then go see the guys at Pulled, they’ll have even the meatiest of eaters fooled with their Pulled jackfruit bun!

Vegan doesn’t just mean food. Got a vegan friend to buy a gift for? Stop by Candle Candy for their 100% cruelty free soy wax candles, or Oil & Vinegar for their range of olive oils and Mediterranean flavours.

Deptford Market - Deptford Market Yard - Saturdays 10am - 3pm

South East Londoners rejoice, you can get your stock of seasonal fruit and veg straight from the growers, to you, via Marsh Farm. Rocking the market each week, look out for their homemade jams and chutneys, too! If you’re lucky, you’ll spot the swanky tricycle bar, Off the Wagon - they serve up a vegan beer that’ll ease the chill as winter draws in, or Natural Born Wine’s range of delicious wines.

That’s pretty much your next month’s eats and treats sorted then. Cheers to that!

5 Reasons Why You Should Go To Knebworth Winter Festival

The season for gift giving is fast approaching. The bells are itching to jingle and the mince pies are ready for dusting. So why stress yourself out by battling the high streets when you can head to Knebworth Winter Festival and enjoy a wonderful festive experience? 

From over 150 gift and craft stalls to a food and drink village, here are 5 reasons why Knebworth Winter Festival shouldn’t be missed next week.

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To shop - 

From ethically sourced silver jewellery by Cicely Cliff and stationery by Nina Nou to children’s night lights by Lello and organic skincare by BQ London, there’s sure to be a stall with something to suit every one of your loved ones. Karavan Eco will be there with their zero waste products for the planet conscious, and look out to see if Lorenzo the Lobster will make an appearance - Embroidery by KG Design’s sparkly little friend…

Even the furry and the winged in your life will be satisfied, as Feathers and Paws will be showcasing their range of products for both pets and pet lovers alike. 

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Enchanting gifts from BQ London, Stolen Form, Basil & Ford, Lello, Stencil Up and Hopping Hare Candles.

To eat -

Do we even need to say more?! Food glorious food. Steaming hot pies from Pieminster, fluffy Belgian waffles covered in spiced mulled wine apples from Panache. L’Ombrello will be there, spinning their delicious pizzas with oozing cheese and steaming toppings… Should we go on? No matter what your dietary needs are, rest assured there’ll be gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options galore and plenty of festive treats to keep you full.

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Tuck in to Toasty Badger

To drink - 

Aprés ski bar? Yes. Please. 

Snuggle up around open log fires whilst you sip on cocktails, mulled wine and local craft beers. When you need a break from all of the shopping and eating, this is the place to go! Relax, take a breath and enjoy a moment of magic with every sip.

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Stay warm with knitwear from Ted & Bessie

To laugh and learn - 

As part of the Knebworth Winter Festival, on the 9th and 10th of November prepare to giggle yourself silly at the Knebworth Comedy event. Some of the UK’s freshest names with be donning the stage to perform live - big names such as Greg Davies and Rhod Gilbert to name but two.

There’ll be a chance to learn new skills, get insider knowledge from the likes of Dave Broom, a renowned whisky expert, celebrity chefs, visit masterclasses and, of course, an appearance from Knebworth’s very own Bjorn the polar bear!

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To be enchanted - 

It’s Christmas time after all, and to round off all of that eating and shopping and laughing and merriment, Knebworth will play host to their very own Enchanted Garden. Let the little ones get lost in the maze as their eyes fill with joy at the realisation that Father Christmas and his grotto await at the end….

What could be better?

Start packing up that car…

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Ealing Artisan Market returns

This October welcomes the return of Ealing Artisan Market, Ealing’s weekly, Saturday market featuring artisan food producers, designers, makers and street food traders from west London and beyond.

Launching on Saturday 6th October at Elizabeth Square, Dickens Yard with local favourites Handmade in Ealing and Charlotte Berridge, regulars on the street food scene Thelo and Muffin Man plus all your fresh produce and speciality food needs covered!

Putting the community at the heart of the market, a charity stall will be made available each week to local organisations. Sustainability will also play a key part of the market with all traders using sustainable materials and packaging.

Ealing Artisan Market will also play host to a Small Business Saturday Market on 1st December; showcasing seasonal ingredients, carols singers and mulled wine to sip while you shop and get you in the festive spirit.

The Wonderland Collective at Deptford Bites

September is almost here and now’s the perfect time to start thinking about getting your home ready for a cosy autumn!

The Wonderland Collective has come to the rescue and is popping up throughout September at Deptford Bites with a selection of delightful products.

Every Saturday, you will find a curated range of products from the likes of Nkuku, Plumb & Ashby, Katie Leamon, Maya Nije and Tessa Galloway with everything from prints, candles, greeting cards, grooming products and jewellery. 

The line-up: 

Saturday 1st September: Plum & Ashby / Love Inc / Little People Big Dreams / Nkuku /Chronicle Books 

Saturday 8th September: Plum & Ashby / Love Inc / Little People Big Dreams / Chronicle Books / Norse Lifestyle / Worry Less Design 

Saturday 15th September: Daniel Clarke Illustrations / Tessa Galloway / Susan Taylor Designs / Victoria Eggs / Old English Co. / Little People Big Dreams / Love Inc 

Saturday 22nd September: Maya Nije / Norse / Chronicle Books / Worry Less Designs / Plum & Ashby / Nkuku 

Saturday 29th September: Plum & Ashby / Love Inc / Little People Big Dreams / Nkuku /Chronicle Books / Tessa Galloway / Worry Less Design 

A handy vegan guide to Deptford

A handy vegan guide to Deptford including some of our favourites; The Fava Project, Morish JEMs, Vegan Garden London via Below the River!

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Around the corner you can’t fail to miss the newly developed Deptford Market Yard by Deptford Railway station. This cobbled square has been a foodie destination since it opened but recently graduated – at least, in my mind – to foodie paradise with the addition of the Deptford Bites Saturday market.
— Below The River
 Image source - https://belowtheriver.co.uk/2018/07/26/deptford-a-useful-vegan-guide/

Image source - https://belowtheriver.co.uk/2018/07/26/deptford-a-useful-vegan-guide/

Data - Everyone’s talking about it….

On the 25th May the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, with new rules and guidelines about how we can collect, use and store any data you might give to us.

We value our customers, traders and business contacts and are committed to doing the right thing with your data. Take a look at our updated Privacy Policy for more information. Traders can also view our updated market or events Terms and Conditions.

If at any time you would like to…

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What's that? Another We Love Cheese festival?

We really spoilt you over spring with two We Love Cheese festivals! We took our beloved festival across the river to our new home in Deptford Market Yard to treat SE London to what they had been missing. 

We saw an abundance of cheese sellers, an epic line up of cheesy street food from some of London's best, a talks and tastings tent, live music, games and competitions, a free children's craft tent and this was on top of our weekly Deptford Bites line up of produce and crafts! All of that with another glorious day of sunshine. Who could complain? 

Congratulations to our We Love Cheese, Cheese Cup winners The Tapas Room whose cheese was voted the best by the hundred who flocked the yard. London Smokehouse weren't far behind, claiming second place. Enjoy your very own We Love Cheese, cheese board guys!

If you find yourself in SE London on a Saturday, come down to Deptford Bites in Deptford Market Yard and see what all the fuss is about. Here you can find fresh artisan produce, a rotation of some amazing talented makers and designers from SE London and beyond as well an incredible selection of London's finest street food.

 

We Love Cheese returned to Ealing for the second time...

Sweet dreams really were made of cheese as Dickens Yard came alive once again with the first We Love Cheese of the year and we couldn't have asked for better weather... could summer finally be on its way?

With such an epic selection of cheesy street food from the likes of Muffin Man & Co., The Raclette Brothers and Mac to the Future it was hard to decide what to have so we had to have little bit from everyone!

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We Love Cheese wouldn't quite be the same without an abundance of cheese and a good old W5 Cheese Cup competition. This is why we decided to spoilt you with even more cheeses from around the world. You tried and learnt all about cheeses from England, France, Italy, Spain, Sardinia, to name a few. It was a close call but the fabulous Bath Soft Cheese claimed the W5 Cheese Cup, cheese board in first place with previous winners Capo Caccia not far behind in second place. Who will claim the prize when we take the festival over the river to Deptford on the 5th May?

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This year, we wanted everyone to be able to enjoy We Love Cheese which is why our vegan cheese sellers were a very popular addition to the lineup. Vegan cheese really is delicious!

We didn't stop there. Our Ealing Bites Live talks tent was in full swing with the tastings hosted by Ealing's favourite Grace Dent. A highlight and well anticipated talk of the day was our 'I could never give up cheese...' debate featuring experts in their field. 

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A massive thank you to our We Love Cheese sponsor Heritage Cheese, our wine partners Park+Bridge and our beer partners Weird Beard Brew Co.

If you missed it, don't worry. We will be back on the 5th May in Deptford Market Yard for even more cheese!

Deptford Bites has landed!

The launch of our brand new market, Deptford Bites was a great success. We were overwhelmed with the positive feedback from both attendees and traders. We can't wait to see the market grow throughout the weeks.

We saw a great selection of epic street food, deliciously fresh produce and creative talented makers and designers from South East London and beyond join us in the yard and we left with bursting bellies and full shopping baskets.

A highlight of the launch was our Deptford Bites Live talks tent. Curated and hosted by the fabulous Grace Dent - critic, author and broadcaster. Experts in their field were invited down to discuss various hot topics including the new demographic and the food scene focused on Deptford; how social media is changing restaurants; Deptford ditching dairy and breaking barriers about changing the face of food. 

It was great to see the audience getting involved in the discussions and hearing from local businesses in the area. Even though Deptford Bites Live will not be a regular fixture in the market, it will return!

If you didn't make it down to the launch, not to worry, we will now be in Deptford Market Yard every Saturday 10-4.

 

Grace Dent and Kate McKenzie Present Deptford Bites Live…

Grace Dent, critic, author and broadcaster, has joined forces with food-event guru Kate McKenzie to present Deptford Bites Live on Saturday 7th April 2018. This one-day festival of eating & drinking runs from 10pm to 4pm at Deptford Market Yard.

Over the past twelve months, Deptford, SE8 has been noted as a food hotspot and a haven for cooks, makers and entrepreneurs, with a focus on places like Marcella, Deptford Esquire, Little Nan’s, Mama’s Jerk and The Full Nelson.

On Saturday April 7th a new weekly market will begin in Deptford Market Yard, which we’re celebrating with a day-long event. 

Grace Dent will curate and host a series of talks which picks apart Deptford’s new status as ‘up and coming’? Who are the faces to watch? What are the dishes and drinks to try? Why Deptford and why now? And as this new chapter for SE8 begins… who gets to tell the story? Come for food, drinks and some lively chat, including…

‘We Come in Peace – anchoring the past’ – featuring Adrian Luckie from Mama’s Jerk and Saima Arshad from Deptford Esquire, chaired by Chris Waywell – Associate Editor of Time Out.  With Deptford Market Yard now 6 minutes by train from London Bridge, a new demographic and the food scene focused on Deptford, can SE8 ever be the same again? Food names and locals chat about the ups, downs and realities of regeneration. Can everyone play nicely together? 
Free to attend.

‘Deptford Ditches Dairy?’ – As Deptford’s demographic shifts, so does the demand for vegan food. Is Deptford ready for a dairy-free, seitan-heavy, tofu-loving future? Vegan and non-vegan foodies, chefs and restauranteurs including Vegan ambassador Jay Brave gather to chat about whether Deptford is ready to go the same way as Hackney and be submerged with seitan. Or is veganism just another foodie fad? 
Free to attend with limited number of seated tickets available including food from Dirty Apron & beer from Hop Stuff Brewery

‘A new chapter. Who’s story is this anyway?’ – As Deptford starts a new chapter, who gets to tell this story? Grace Dent, Zoe Adjonyoh and Mimi Aye discuss how at the highest levels of food and restaurant influence the power is still mainly in the hands of a very narrow group of people. A lively chat by people who have broken barriers about changing the face of food.
Limited number of seated tickets available including food from Mama’s Jerk & Costa del Deptford cocktail from Little Nan’s.

Dent and McKenzie create bespoke, thoughtful hyper-relevant food events. The pair met when they curated and ran the Evening Standard’s award winnin London Food Month in June 2017.  They are united by a passion for changing the way we talk and think about the British food scene, nurturing diversity and turning the spotlight on raw talent.  The duo aim to deliver exciting, upbeat, scene-shifting events and will be appearing at festival and events across London and the UK this summer. 
 

Vote Ealing Half Marathon

Voting closes this week for The Running Awards 2018 and we chose the Ealing Half Marathon of course.

With Ealing Half Marathon winning the trophy of 'UK's best Half Marathon' since voting began in 2014. This just shows what a great event it has proven to be and we are always so thrilled to be a part of it.

Let's help them make it 5 out of 5.

To place your votes all you need to do is go to www.therunningawards.com -> Running Events -> Half Marathon 5,000 or more -> Ealing Half Marathon https://therunningawards.com/vote/179/183#vote

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This year the race will take place over the weekend of the 29th September, kicking off with the mini mile on Saturday, finishing off with the grand finale of the half marathon on Sunday. So that means there is plenty of time to get your training in!

We will see you there with a selection of street food and coffee, perfect for re-fuelling or to enjoy by the sidelines while you support your friends and family.

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The Wonderland Collective Sponsors...

We were absolutely honoured to be proud sponsors of Kolchagov Barba's Autumn/Winter 2018 - "ME" Collection as part of London Fashion Week on the 16th February.

This was our 3rd year sponsoring the event and it has been amazing to follow Svetoslav Kolchagov and Emilio Barba on their journey to success. 

Now being featured in Vogue, it is clear we are not the only ones who can see the designers talent.

This season's collection focused on the empowerment of women, standing together for their beliefs and rights without detriment to their individuality, which sees each woman free to embrace her unique identity and individuality. You can see this theme shining through in their designs below.

We can't wait for the next show, until next time.

All images copyright of Kolchagov Barba ©

Christmas at Ealing Artisan

Thank you for making December at Ealing Artisan very special. We all hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!

Grace Dent Launches We Love Cheese in Dickens Yard

Dickens Yard in Ealing came alive on Sunday 8th October as hundreds of residents and visitors attended the first ever We Love Cheese festival in the development. The event was held to celebrate the launch of the new weekly Ealing Artisan market, run by local organisers Eat Me Drink Me.

Produce stalls including Brocklebys Pies, Picks Organic Farms, Limpopo Biltong, GB Cheesecake and Claude’s Boulangerie lined up alongside cheesy street food from the likes of Grill My Cheese and Honest Burgers, who launched their latest cheeseburger: The Ealing. Abbotshill Wine Bar & Deli joined forces with Formaggi & Cheese and ES Magazine’s restaurant critic Grace Dent to run wine & cheese pairings in the Ealing Bites talks tent.

The hotly contested Cheese Cup award was voted for by guests and was won by reigning champion Capo Caccia with their Blusard cheese from Sardinia.

Ealing Artisan will start on Sunday 15th October when the street food line up will feature Muffin Man & Co, Indian Street Kitchen and Nha Trang, with Chapter Coffee and Abbotshill on hand to provide refreshments. There’s a kids craft area, with giant games supplied by Dickens Yard resident Charlotte W5, live music and all the food stalls you could need for your weekly alternative to the supermarket shop.

The market will take place in Dickens Yard every Sunday from 11-3pm.