Phew. Saturday’s Street Food FEAST held in Harveys’ Back Yard as part of Lewes OctoberFeast, the town’s annual festival of food and drink, was a total knockout. As an OctoberFeast committee member I have been helping to organise and promote the street food market and I admit, the turn out exceeded all our expectations. Stallholders were selling out within 90 minutes of the event opening and one also turned over all the food they had prepared for sale the following day, meaning Sunday could actually be a day off!
Thanks to everyone who came along and all who helped make the event so enjoyable, particularly Ouse Samba and Starfish Music for providing the entertainment. We also owe a debt of thanks to Harveys’ Brewery for the loan of their yard and excellent Hop Bar* – behind which I spent most of the afternoon, shifting pints and pints of Harveys Old, their delicious new season ale that will be officially ‘danced in’ next weekend.
We had a great selection of food on offer courtesy of some established traders – Spade & Spoon, Little Hapas, Big Pan Cooking, Hearth Pizza and Coco Dining – as well as some newcomers – Crooks’ BBQ, Carrot Cake Co and Pepita Fruit. Ale & Hearty were also present with an exhibition of their work investigating the brewing history of Lewes.
OctoberFeast will undoubtably host another market like this next year, but for those who can’t wait that long, the guys at StrEAT will be bringing some more urban street food to the suburbs before the end of the season. OctoberFeast continues until next Sunday with a packed programme of events, my highlights of which include Beer Britannica II at The Snowdrop Inn (4th-6th Oct), the Diversity Lewes Soup Festival at All Saints on Sunday 6th, and of course my very own pop-up (now sold out). Check out the OctoberFeast events page for more details.
*The Hop Bar can be hired for public and private events, check out the Harveys website for more details.