What a year it has been!
It’s safe to say we’ve been a little busy at EMDM HQ this year! We’ve travelled the country up and down to bring the very best craft, street food and produce traders to the UK’s best festivals; launched a new weekly market in South East London; made neon pink and yellow hi-vis the hottest fashion trend during the summer heatwave and doubled the size of our all-female team. There’s been long days, there’s been long nights but all is forgotten when you love what you do and Alexa plays ’Toto’s Africa’.
We’ve pulled together just a few highlights from 2018… Here’s to an even more jam-packed 2019!
Ealing Artisan Market –
Our weekly market in Dickens Yard has grown week on week and we have the lovely local community of Ealing to thank for! We’ve seen presenter Angelica Bell and resident school, Christ the Saviour turn on the amazing Christmas lights and welcomed incredible traders selling all sorts of wonderful goods from Japanese baked ‘pans’ to digital illustrations every Saturday. We were particularly honoured to support the national campaign, Small Business Saturday on 1st December!
“It was so uplifting to see so many small and local businesses trading at Ealing Artisan Market on Small Business Saturday as well as locals spending time in the market and supporting these small businesses.” - Kate C on Small Business Saturday
Ealing Christmas Market –
The iconic wooden cabins returned! It’s not Christmas in Ealing without them, is it? This year’s market welcomed another great line-up of independent businesses plus regular appearances by Santa and local choirs.
“ As an Ealing resident, it’s been great to see so many fantastic independent brands in the heart of Ealing Shopping Centre and giving them the opportunity to reach thousands of customers every day. ” - Vicki on Ealing Christmas Market
Deptford Bites –
Launched in April, Deptford Bites has welcomed some of London’s best street food vendors with the likes of Sub Cult, Krapow and Biff’s Jack Shack all trading at Deptford Market Yard. We’ve seen the market ‘trending’ thanks to mac and cheese waffle cones and creme brûlée crepes - did you try one?
“Deptford Bites has been an absolute joy to work on - we’ve celebrated the Royal Wedding, World Gin Day, Deptford Pride, London Design Festival and our Christmas market with an emphasis on craft traders was the perfect way to wrap up the year !” – Tabara on Deptford Bites at Christmas
Festivals galore –
Curating specially selected traders for The Great Escape, Knebworth Winter Festival, Creamfields and Lytham amongst others, it’s been a whirlwind of great food and awesome craft. We even had the honour of working on Wilderness Festival this year for the first time, too!
“Half way through the build at Wilderness I was looking down a line of traders and saw the best in the business, one name after another. That was a ‘stop in your tracks’ moment. It’s important to pause every now and then, to actually take in what you’ve built and remember why you do/love your job.” Director Kate McKenzie on Wilderness 2018
We Love Cheese! This was the return of the one-day sensation, with 30+ stalls dedicated to the cheesy comfort food. We even made it to see Britney herself, as we curated the street food for her ‘Piece Of Me tour’ – a 90s throwback the whole team got on board with. After Dark at Chiswick House has been another adventure for us this year, as we brought some of the best street food to West London for you all to feast on after an illuminated journey through the glorious grounds.
“This year was my first full season with Eat Me Drink Me, it was non-stop but so great to be able to visit beautiful parts of the country and try incredible food from all over the world from our amazing street food traders.” – Ellie on the festival season this summer
“I love the sense of achievement when you get the balance just right. When the client and the traders are happy - it’s an incredible feeling!” Alex on the event season
Last but not least…
Our retail baby, The Wonderland Collective popped up all over London this year and the response has been amazing. We can’t wait to see where this will go next year!
“We’ve been working on a website for the past few months and I’m really looking forward to its launch and to continue to expand our customer reach with more pop-ups and events” – Raman Glazier on the Wonderland Collective
We hope you’re just as excited as us for what 2019 will bring!
“Being given responsibility for the Feast and Banquets at Wilderness was huge for me. I couldn’t be happier to be working with so many incredible chefs next year (no spoilers!) -Kate McKenzie
So, from all of us, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year!
The Eat Me Drink Me Team
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