Fairground – 10 Week Pop Up

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From the creator of Street Feast comes Fairground – a 10 week pop-up event blending food, drink and music (and a little entrepreneurial spirit).

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Thai peanuts with dried chilli and kaffir lime leaves at Som Saa

Set across three floors of a disused office block in the heart of Hackney, Fairground is here to showcase a range of individuals and collectives, and offer a space for creative minds to mingle. But let’s face it, most of us will be too busy munching our way through creations of the edible kind courtesy of a selection of street food traders and restauranteurs.

Fairground kicked off last weekend (12/13 April) and we headed there to see what Street Feast founder Dominic Cools-Lartigue’s new baby had to offer.

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Celebrating Songkran with incense and little fish

It was Songkran (Thai New Year) and so there was a suitable amount of throwing water over friends’ shoulders hoping it would bring luck of some sorts, once we’d bored of our new-found activity we went straight over to Som Saa and chose the most bizarrely named option on the menu – as you do – the fermented (what?) and deep fried (yes!) sea bass, green mango (hang on…), chilli and lime. Tom, seeing our confusion, explained that in Thailand fish is fermented to keep it fresh, packed not only in salt, but rice. And the result is a crispy, fresh and zesty dish. Delish.

This is the kind of pop up where one dish isn’t enough, make sure you explore all of the three floors and there’s always the Grandaad Lounge on Level 2 where you can rest your full belly on a sofa. But don’t be deceived by the chilled out vibe, this is where inspirational guest speakers gather and workshops, masterclasses, talks and interviews happen across the weeks.

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Fairground is set across three floors of a disused office block

On Level 1, in the Fairground Live room, you’re encouraged to eat with your hands – with steamed gua bao, fried chicken and spiced naan wraps aplenty.

On Level 2 it’s a more sophisticated affair, just, with a knife and fork essential items and people milling on sofas.

By the time you reach Level 3 you enter the Fairground Diner where head chefs and restauranteurs serve you their take on street food.

And don’t miss a spot of ping pong in The Courtyard – just try not to aim for Yum Jungle’s spicy slaw…

Fairground is open every Saturday and Sunday from 12/13 April to 14/15 June. It’s free before 7pm, £5 from 7-9pm and £7 after 9pm. Sundays: noon-midnight there’s free entry. Find it at E8 4DG, right by Haggerston overground.

To find out more go to fairgroundlondon.com

Natalie x

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