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Brockley Market Turns 5

With an award-winning line-up of independent street food stalls and local producers, foodie mecca Brockley Market in South East London will turn five this month, welcoming its 500,000th visitor. The occasion will be marked with sizzling specials and birthday surprises on Saturday 24th September, 10am-2pm.

With an award-winning line-up of independent street food stalls and local producers, foodie mecca Brockley Market in South East London will turn five this month, welcoming its 500,000th visitor. The occasion will be marked with sizzling specials and birthday surprises on Saturday 24th September, 10am-2pm.

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Celebrations will include birthday cake and treats from Kooky Bakes, live music from Balkan folk collective Benny and ‘The Cheese Grinder’, plus the first lucky 50 will get a goody bag. The market has over 40 of London’s finest food stalls for visitors to feast their eyes on, with a focus on locally sourced, seasonal produce.

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For groceries there is the likes of ‘The Butchery’ from Bermondsey, ‘Aston’s Bakehouse’ and Blackwoods Cheese, the local Brockley cheese-maker, as well as street food trucks and stalls Bill or Beak, Milo & Hector’s Ice Cream Sandwiches and Mother Flipper. Birthday specials will include collaborations between the vendors and Jhal Muri Express will make a guest appearance, serving up tasty Indian street food. Good & Proper Tea will launch its first house blend Brockley Breakfast and World Of Zing cocktails will offer a special £5 off its barrel aged, pre-mixed drinks.

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Market founder Toby Allen said “we look forward to celebrating our 5th birthday, welcoming regulars and new market-goers alike. We are a unique place to shop for outstanding food and drink, in this Lewisham car park you can find vendors that supply to Michelin starred restaurants – Blackwoods is on the cheese board at Simon Rogan’s Fera at Claridge’s and Le Grappin is on the wine list at NOMA. September is also probably the best time to visit for great ingredients too, with end of summer tomatoes, cucumbers, plums, apricots, and autumn sweetcorn and squash starting to come in.”

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This month marks over half-a-million visitors making the journey to the thriving Saturday market, held in an unsuspecting car park in Lewisham, South East London, since September 2011. The market has built up a strong reputation for quality food and produce over the past 5 years. The number of stalls has doubled and the market has become a destination attracting visitors from across London and beyond. “Here you can take away fruit and veg grown in the home counties, fish caught off the coast of Eastbourne, eat a breakfast burrito from Luardos or a buttermilk-fried chicken bap from Spit & Roast. With the great transport links in Brockley we welcome people from all across London and beyond – people have travelled from as far as Wales!” Toby Allen said.

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Local photographer Toby Allen set up the market out of frustration with the lack of quality produce in the area. He said that he has carefully curated the list of stallholders and many have been launched at the market: “The people working on the stalls are often the owners of the business, so you are talking directly to the people who have fished, butchered and farmed the produce. John Doig of Moons Green used to be Creative Director at Ogilvy and moved to Kent to become a pig farmer. He now makes award-winning charcuterie. Mike and Ollie have had a stall here since we started 5 years ago, and have recently opened a restaurant in Camberwell.”

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Toby continues, “there’s a very friendly atmosphere at Brockley Market, with people meeting for a chat over a locally-roasted Dark Fluid coffee, browsing for brunch and cycling away with a weekly shop of the best market produce. Here’s to the next 5 years of Brockley Market, and more!”

Brockley Market’s 5th birthday celebration is 10am-2pm on Saturday 24th September 2016 at Lewisham College Car Park.

www.brockleymarket.com  

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