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Urban Food Fest is a free entry night market that takes place every Saturday from 5pm until midnight in a car park in Shoreditch.

I visited on March 28th, the opening night of the season, and there was an Alice in Wonderland theme, with a few people in fancy dress and themed food traders.

One of my favourite stall names embracing the theme was Alice in Pastaland. Genius!

There are 15 different street traders and performers every week, making this Street Food party a different experience every week.

Despite the glum weather and rain, this place was packed and the atmosphere buzzing and friendly. The musicians were fantastic and added to the atmosphere. There was a mixture of families, large parties of people, people with dogs and couples. There’s plenty of seats and communal tables to settle down. If you are a large group the team tries their best to accommodate.

There are 15 food traders at Urban Food Fest and we tasted food from the Bombay street food stall, Colombian street food and incredible burgers. The lovely lady who served us, clearly loved her job, had creatively  decorated the van using goods from Poundland and it looked great. The burgers had coloured buns and were topped  with a playing card and the beef brisket burger we had was gorgeous.

We sipped on prosecco all night, but you can also buy wine, craft beer, cocktails or soft drinks.

They are stalls also selling cakes and sweet things, so we finished off our array of food by having a Portuguese tart from the Portuguese cake stall. It was gorgeous.

With the weather not even slightly dampening out spirits we had a great time at Urban Food Fest. The food was all lovely, the atmosphere brilliant and a great place to get together. There is food to everyone’s taste and all priced around £6. Great use of a car park and fantastic support to local traders.

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