KERB are celebrating four immense years of showcasing London’s most innovative traders. Join their epic birthday party on Friday 14 October from 5-11pm for cocktails, beers and a whopping feast from 15 traders. We get behind the scenes with Meriel Armitage, founder of Club Mexicana

How did Club Mexicana begin?

After having to do a presentation about describing the ‘personality of a Jammie Dodger’ for my clients in my old advertising job (true story), I decided enough was enough and that I wanted to do something I was actually passionate about.

I’d lived in Melbourne and been surrounded by it’s incredible vegan food scene for 7 years and came back to London via San Francisco, LA and New York and was totally inspired by what was being created over there. When I got back to England I was really excited by movements like KERB and Street Feast but was continually disappointed that I could rarely get anything more than chips due to lack of meat-free options. SO, that, combined with my Jammie Dodger crisis and a love of 80’s pop and Mexican food was the beginning of Club Mexicana! 

Together with my partner, we started a 6 week supper club in Hackney and haven’t stopped since!

Describe Club Mexicana in 3 words…

Big, bold flavours.

What dishes do you serve?

BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Burritos, To-fish tacos, Fully Loaded Nachos and Cheeze Fries! All 100% vegan.

Tell us about your travels – what did you find and how this has influenced/inspired you…

Living in Melbourne and  travelling throughout the states were key, but we seek inspiration everywhere we go. Even at old school chip shops up north! Seeing food as defining and continuing cultural identity, when every other way of doing this has been lost, in the Middle East was a game changer; I think about food in totally a different way now.

Your favourite ingredients to work with?

Fresh herbs, a variety of chillies and citrus fruits… see why I started a Mexican street food business?

What ingredient should vegans (and meat eaters) have in their kitchen to give a dish a twist?

Can I have three? A good soy sauce (or Tamari), dijon mustard and nutritional yeast (commonly referred to as ‘vegan crack’).

Where can we find Club Mexicana?

KERB Camden every day of the week! 11-6

Street Feast Hawker House, Friday and Saturday 5pm-11pm

Your favourite KERB traders?

I don’t like playing favourites! BUT Fundi, Hanoi Kitchen and Kothu Kothu all do mean vegan versions of their dishes!

Club Mexicana | www.clubmexicana.com

KERB ‘s 4th birthday party | West Handyside Canopy, Kings Cross | Friday 14 October 5-11pm

Tickets are available here | £4 plus booking fee, and include a special cocktail when bought online. 

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