I love good food. More specifically I love good street food. So when Jenny and Lauren from the LDNMeetup Group announced a bloggers meetup at the Urban Food Festival of course I signed up immediately.
I guessed from the clue “urban” in the title that the festival would be based in Shoreditch and BINGO I was right.
I could smell the food before I could even see what was on offer. The delectable fusion of aromas was wafting out onto the street that the festival is located on.
There was paella…
However my taste buds lead me to Macaroni cheese. Not just any macaroni cheese however. It was without doubt the best macaroni cheese I’ve ever had in my life. I opted for the pesto and roasted tomatoes variation which came topped with crunchy breadcrumbs.
And what could possibly make the experience of the world’s best macaroni cheese any better? Why cocktails of course!
Even though the we’d been forecast rain all evening the sun was beaming and I was even regretting leaving my sunnies at home. We sat in the evening sun and turned our well fed attentions to the entertainment on offer.
The first musician we saw was Jay Jay. She took a little while to get warmed up vocally and slightly misjudged the vibe when vying for a little audience participation but I did appreciate her offbeat style and the variety on on her set list, so she got a thumbs up from me overall.
Other singer floated through who, although tuneful and added to the relaxed and easy going ambience of the evening and provided the perfect backdrop for our socialising and networking group.
There was one entertainer however that stopped everyone in their tracks. He was just a filler act “filling time before the next musician” but what he did caused everyone to put down the forks, chopsticks and cocktails to watch.
If you’ve never seen someone do contact juggling with a crystal ball before, you should. It is captivating.
Here’s a little taster I managed to film of his performance.
In conclusion, you need to go to the Urban Food Festival. The food is delicious. No one chose a dish that wasn’t immediately followed by “ummm”s and “awww”s and “you have to try this” comments.
I hope over the next few weeks that the festival is on that they continue to experiment with the entertainment on show. Variety is the spice of life and as much as I love a good singer song writer on a guitar the magic really started in the evening when someone quirky with something else to offer came on stage.
So make your way to Shoreditch pronto for damn good grub, fab music and an all round perfect way to spend a sunny evening in our wonderful city.