Streatham Food Festival: The joy of food

Child painting hands 2012_Ben Carpenter

BYLINE: Jenny Stark

Talking to Pauline, the organizer of Streatham Food Festival, you can’t help but be infected by her boundless enthusiasm. “It’s going to be amazing,” she says. “A three-day festival celebrating the joys of world foods on your doorstep. It’s about celebrating diversity, health and sustainability – about being proud of Streatham. We’ll have a Food Tour, an open air market, food growing sessions, demonstrations and roll-up-your-sleeves workshops. Come along! There’s something for the whole family.”

The whole of the High Road will be transformed into one giant tongue-tingling menu. There’ll be exotic scents, thronging sounds, and food stalls from around the globe including:  Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Pakistani, Ghanaian, Somalian, Nigerian, Caribbean, Mexican, Moroccan, Lebanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Bulgarian, Polish, British – and more. Phew! Over twenty venues will be serving mini-plates of their signature dishes for £2-£5 each, so you can experience new restaurants without breaking the bank.

Ok. We’re convinced. See you there?

Streatham Food Festival is on August 16 – 18. For more information on times and venues, please see below.

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Times/venues vary by event as follows:


Friday 16th:

Food Tour: 6pm-10pm

Venue: various restaurants along and off Streatham High Road.

Saturday 17th:

Food Tour: 12pm-10pm

Venue: various restaurants along and off Streatham High Road.

Good Food Day: 10am-3.30pm

Venue: Gracefield Gardens Health Centre, 2-8 Gracefield Gardens (just off Streatham High Road)

Waste Food Pop-Up Fundraiser: 6.30pm-late

Venue: Streatham Stables at The White Lion, Streatham High Road

Sunday 18th:


Sunday Food Fair: 10am-4pm

Venue: Streatham Green, Streatham High Road

Harvesting Workshop for Families: 10.30am-12pm

Venue: Streatham Common Community Garden, The Rookery, top of Streatham Common

Sarah Moore Supperclub: 7.30pm-11pm

Venue: Boyce da Roca, 9 Leigham Hall Parade, Streatham High Road

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Fish Tale – Fishmonger and Delicatessen.

Fish Tale is a local, family-owned business run by Mina Roshan and her husband Masoud. Originally from Iran, the couple left their jobs as an electrical engineer and a nursery worker to pursue a passion for fresh, Mediterranean food. They trained at Billingsgate Fish Market before opening Fish Tale. The shop is open seven days a week and, having participated in most events in Streatham, has a very loyal customer base. Four years since it’s opened, they’ve won 5 stars from the Foods Standard Agency and Runner Up for the Best Small Business in Streatham Business Award. “We love what we do,” Mina enthuses, “and enjoy every second of it!” They sell a great range of home-made, locally sourced produce from mixed olives to fresh fish, cous-cous salads, seafood, wraps with fresh herbs and sheep feta, sandwiches and much more!

When – Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th. On Sunday they have an outdoor barbecue where you can choose what fish you want grilled.

Where – Stall at Good Food Day (Saturday) and Sunday Food Fair (Sunday).

Price – quality food sold between £1 – £4.99.

Look out for – Their 4 types of pate (smoked salmon, smoked trout, smoked kipper and smoked mackerel). All their fish are line-caught and come from sustainable, certified sources in Scotland. Also try their ‘fish scotch eggs’, made from home-made fishcake and quail eggs!

Waste Food Pop-up Fundraiser, Brixton People’s Kitchen

Save food, share food and be wowed! This heartfelt organization cooks delicious dishes using food that would otherwise be thrown away from local shops, markets and businesses. The menu is improvised by volunteers on the day, using surplus food collected on that morning. The dishes are vegetarian, and they buy dairy products and eggs fresh from the shop on the day. Think that eating waste food is a bit icky? Think again! All their food is carefully sorted through and cleaned with diligence until it’s completely edible. Pop in for an evening of fantastic food and live music at The White Lion.

When – Saturday 17th August, from 6.30pm.

Price – £15. Profits go to The White Lion’s charity Music4Children and the Brixton People’s Kitchen.

Where – The White Lion Stables, 234 Streatham High Road, London, SW16 1BB


Summer Harvesting Workshop for Families – Community Garden

Ever fancied picking your own food and have a chef cook it for you? Then come along to the Community Garden for a family-orientated Harvesting Workshop. You’ll discover what’s ready in the garden at the peak of summer and have a go at harvesting yourself! There’s a plethora of veg to pick including runner beans, courgettes, lettuce, squash, carrots, herbs, beetroot and much more. They even have a 150 year old mulberry tree. Following the workshop, a local chef will be creating seasonal dishes using the freshly-harvested produce in the demonstration tent on Streatham Green from 3-4pm. Places are limited so make sure you book quickly!

When – 18th August, 10.30 – 12pm.

Where – Streatham Common Community Garden, The Rookery, top of Streatham Common South.

Price – FREE.

Booking – Workshop places are limited so booking is essential. Please contact Charlotte Dove ( / 07931501422) to reserve your place.

Wren Sisters Bakery

Rosemary and honey oat cakes anyone? Lavender and coconut macaroons? Or how about lavender and caramel brownies…

It all started one year and four months ago when Kerry had a baby. To occupy herself during the long evenings, she started baking in her kitchen and discovered a passion for the craft. At college she met Nicola, and when the two graduated as patisserie chefs they decided to form The Wren Sisters and start their own bakery. Their emphasis was on creating fantastic products using free range, sustainably sourced ingredients. And they’re going from strength to strength. This September The Railway Pub on Greyhound Lane is opening a café, and The Wren Sisters will become their official suppliers. If you fancy traditional cakes with a quirky twist, this is definitely for you.

When and Where – Sunday 18th at the Sunday Food Fair.

Price – Varies, around £2 – £2.50 for a decent chunk of cake!

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