3rd March 2007
Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield St, London E1 6AA
‘Taste East’ Festival
You’d have thought that, by the late noughties, the internet and social media would have evolved enough for there to be sufficient material out there to help illustrate most promotional events of the day. Well, evidently not: this weekend of activities at the much transformed Old Spitalfields Market – the centerpiece of a week-long celebration of the breadth and wealth of gastronomic variety to be found in East London – seems to have disappeared from all digital references other than this podcast.
It’s not as if the organisers scrimped on the talent for this free weekend of demonstrations and tastings, with accompanying music and entertainment: here we have the legendary Fergus Henderson (of local top-notch eaterie St John) – the man personally responsible for bringing bone marrow back to the UK dining table.
And Following him is Ian Hartland of Hartland Pies [I know, this particular cuisine isn’t exactly known for being a cockney speciality, but this connoisseur can vouch for them being really rather excellent…] demonstrating the simplicity of making the perfect pork pie.
And the entertainment here is provided by highly regarded multicultural bunch She’Koyokh and their distinctive Balkan sound, and the ever popular Bollywood Brass Band [that’s Dave Jago on the trombone there, by the way], whose live accompaniment to Bollywood classics like this always go down a treat at venues like Rich Mix.