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. 
 

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.