Food: Urban Food Fest, Shoreditch

It’s Saturday evening and I’m standing in a car-park in east London. As the traffic screeches past, under the glare of the nearby Texaco garage, I’m trying to decide what to have for dinner. But there’s not a microwave meal in sight for me tonight: I’m at London’s newest night market, Urban Food Fest. And I’m very, very hungry.

Scotchtails scotch egg with sweet potato fries

Scotchtails scotch egg with sweet potato fries

The car park is crammed with hoardes of hungry people. In a central space they sit on flimsy stools at packed tables. Talking, laughing, eating. Around the edges are a dozen or so stalls, each one emitting its own uniquely delicious smell. There’s a Korean stand offering up ramen and rice burgers. The inevitable burrito stand (hey, it’s a classic) plus pulled pork, Byron burger, hot dogs, Indian street food and more.

My eyes flicker over each new stand until I alight on something extra special: handmade scotch eggs from the boys at Scotchtails. There are four varieties encompassing everything from black pudding to chorizo. I choose the classic, with sweet potato fries and salad for £6.50. It’s fucking amazing. Go try it.

The deets: Saturdays from 5pm to midnight, Free entry, Euro Car Parks, 163-175 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU (By the Texaco garage) Nearest tube: Shoreditch High Street/Liverpool Street. www.urbanfoodfest.com

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