I spent this past bank holiday weekend in London, and, intentionally had no plans, save unpacking, wandering and being nice to myself. I had read about The Cans Festival in Waterloo, a street art exhibition that sounded really interesting, so I popped down on Sunday evening. To my surprise I also found a Slow Food Market nearby! What a treat.
I’ve been a fan of the Slow Food movement for sometime. If you haven’t heard of it, it started in Italy 22 years ago and works to preserve the pleasure gleaned through food through preservation of the heritage, tradition and culture of food. They also work to protect biodiversity and the environment.
In their words:
Slow Food is good, clean and fair food. We believe that the food we eat should taste good; that it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and that food producers should receive fair compensation for their work.
We consider ourselves co-producers, not consumers, because by being informed about how our food is produced and actively supporting those who produce it, we become a part of and a partner in the production process.
This particular market was run by the London branch, and runs several times a year, although it was mentioned today that this may increase soon. There was lots of interesting proucts and demonstrations, some stalls I already knew from Borough Market & Marylebone Farmer’s Market, but some were new to me, including a stall selling Oliver’s English Perry (which I’d read about in Matthew Fort’s column in the Guardian recently), Mersea Wines & beers, Colchester Oysters, honey from Orchid Apiaries, Welsh cakes from Mootown and chutneys and mustards from Norfolk and Suffolk Speciality Foods. The full list is available here.
I caught a demonstration in which pea and ham soup (also known as the London Particular) was made and sampled. It was very informative (& tasty!) with lots of questions and answers on how to make the soup, heritage meats and using specific cuts of meat. I will be making this soon.
I’ll be keeping an eye out for these events in future, and I’ll be joining up to Slow Food London soon!
Ps. I have a backlog of recipes to blog this week – apologies to any readers who have noticed an absence of these in recent weeks!
Interested in the Cans Exhibition? I took lots of pics – The Cans Exhibition on Flickr.