The Soho Food Feast 2014

st. anne's church

st. anne’s church

June 7th, 2014

The Soho Food Feast was set up in 2011 by Margot Henderson, to support Soho Parish Primary School. The school is in the heart of Soho and often has a funding gap of about £40, 000. The Food Feast is a weekend event, held in St. Anne’s Churchyard and supported by local restaurants. This year it cost just under £20 per ticket and rations of food from some of the best chefs in London could be had for a £2 food ticket (bought in advance, inside the event). I was quite taken aback, while purchasing £10 worth of tickets, when one of the school teachers thanked me personally for helping to provide the school with a new playground!

the wright brothers

the wright brothers

Everyone was a little anxious this week, as the weathermen had forecast rain for Saturday. Extra preparations were made, including a second marquee,  but as luck would have it, the rain stopped at 11.30 and we had a lovely sunny day. As you can see above, The Wright Brothers had to protect their Jersey Oysters from the sun rather than the rain.

brasserie zedel

brasserie zédel

The first thing to grab my attention was Brasserie Zédel, who occupy the space vacated by  the Atlantic on Sherwood Street. They are known for being a proper brasserie in London with a prix fix menu.

brandade

brandade

I spotted their home baked bread and light fluffy brandade de morue – salt cod mixed with mashed potato, garlic, cream and olive oil – definitely one of my foodie high points of the day.

croque monsieur

croque monsieur

The French theme continued with Blanchette’s novel croque monsiere.

maltby & greek

maltby & greek

Maltby and Greek, import Greek food wine and oil, specialising in bottarga (cured fish roe).

greek "tapas"

greek “tapas”

They were offering little Greek “tapas” to suit whatever you were drinking.

quo vadis

quo vadis

Quo Vadis had a table full of little beef and chutney buns (all made in house) and some French bean and rockets salads.

scotch eggs

scotch eggs

Blacks came with tray loads of Scotch eggs,

black pudding scotch eggs

black pudding scotch eggs

made with black pudding, of course!

natoora

natoora

Natoora is a shop specialising in good quality natural ingredients.

slicing ham

slicing ham

Their sliced ham was excellent

tomatoes

tomatoes

and their beautiful red tomatoes grabbed my attention inside the marquee, where most colours were slightly muted.

i camisa

i camisa

I Camisa and Son is one of the few remaining Italian delicatessen left in Soho. Their table was loaded with focaccia sandiches

mozzarella and olives

mozzarella and olives

and tiny little mozzarella balls with olives.

chipotle

chipotle

Chipotle, who are a chain, still manage to step up and support the local community – look at that enthusiasm.

black beans

black beans

The tacos are pretty good and their killer Margaritas were quite a liquid high spot at the feast, this year and last!

bocca di lupo

bocca di lupo

Jacob Kenedy’s award winning Bocca di Lupo, kindly gave us

arrabiata

arrabbiata

a delicious spicy arrabbiata pasta with chillis, tomatoes and tart parmesan cheese.

dean street townhouse

dean street townhouse

The Dean Street Townhouse provided one of the most talked about dishes

soufflé

soufflé

– the twice-baked smoked haddock soufflé. Oli said he’d been to the restaurant especially for one of these during the previous week and it cost quite a bit more than the £2 ticket. The soufflé was absolutely delicious.

andina and ceviche

andina and ceviche

Andina and Ceviche had adjoining stalls, which is not surprising since they are both Peruvian restaurants founded by Martin Morales.

quinoa burger

quinoa burger

Andina had a quinoa burger

ceviche

ceviche

and Ceviche had their special Don Ceviche – seabass ceviche in amarillo chilli tiger’s milk, limo chilli, sweet potato and red onions. They also had a Ceviche drinks stall with a fantastic Pisco Sour.

brindisa

brindisa

Brindisa were serving a traditional Catalan dish of butifarra with a white bean stew and allioli.

charcuterie and chillis

charcuterie and chillis

They also had a separate stall opposite, with chacuterie

raw milk manchego

raw milk manchego

and manchego cheese made from raw milk.

the st. john

the st. john

The St. John were cooking their

ox heart

ox heart

famous ox heart on the barbecue, served in little buns from the St. John Bakery.

school of wok

school of wok

The School of Wok, providers of “Asian Cookery lessons for people who want to know their pak choi from their choi sum”

ribs

ribs

had me convinced of their skills with these succulent sticky ribs.

the fresh olive company

the fresh olive company

The Fresh Olive Company and Belazu (run by the same people) had a big queue,

olives

olives

which is not surprising when you taste their beautiful olives.

bateman 21

bateman 21

Bateman 21 specialise in

souvlaki

souvlaki

souvlaki – literally skewers of fresh meats, vegetables and cheese, wrapped up in Greek flat bread, warmed on the grill.

pulpo gallego

pulpo gallego

Copita, who specialise in tapas, were cooking pulpo gallego – a Galician dish of boiled octopus with potato and sprinkled with pimentón – here they’d mixed the pimentón with mayonnaise.

crayfish on the griddle

crayfish on the griddle

They also had some beautiful fresh crayfish cooked on the griddle.

cooked crayfish

cooked crayfish

In the UK Signal Crayfish (from America) threaten our indigenous White-claw Crayfish and therefore can be trapped and eaten (with permission) as a conservation measure!

24 hour cooked beef

48 hour cooked beef

Steak specialists Flat Iron slow cooked Irish beef sous vide (under a vacuum) for 48 hours and finished it off on the barbecue.

horseradish

horseradish

Served here with hand pounded horseradish.

beef and horseradish

beef and horseradish

I half expected the beef to fall apart, but in spite of the long cooking, it was very tender and retained some chew, which is what I like. I was exceptionally jealous of Flat Iron’s beautiful 3 foot chopping board, but I just couldn’t convince them to let me have it for two food tokens.

pork belly

pork belly

Foxlow (an offshoot of Hawksmoor) cooked pork belly in thick bacon slices

slow cooked beef

slow cooked beef

and slow smoked beef,

pork and beef

pork and beef

then built a large sandwich with the two, along with some salad.

pork and beef

pork and beef

As you can see, they had to roll it tight in paper to keep it all together.

pork and beef sandwich

pork and beef sandwich

It was quite something with all that smokey barbecue flavour.

hix

hix

Hix had the usual salmon and seasonal vegetables, not to mention a very deep foodie debate.

pasta

pasta

Lina Stores (a traditional Italian delicatessen in Soho since 1944), had

pasta selection

pasta selection

the most exquisite pasta at the feast.

pasta with sage

pasta with sage

They warmed each portion separately in olive oil before sprinkling a little parmesan on top. It was absolutely delicious!

koya

koya

Koya were cooking up a storm.

japanese omlette

japanese omelette

The precision involved in making the omelette with chopsticks in a square frying pan is amazing. Thin layers are poured into the pan and the chef skilfully flicks it upwards to roll a rectangular cake.

dashimaki

dashimaki tamago

The dashimaki tamago (omelette left) was sliced and served with kayaku onigiri (rice cooked with chicken and vegetables in a seaweed wrapper).

stuffed peppers

stuffed peppers

Terroirs had a huge dish of cooked green peppers, stuffed with soft white cheese.

stuffed pepper with anchovy

stuffed pepper with anchovy

These were served simply with an anchovy.

mestizo

mestizo

Mestizo is an authentic Mexican restaurant, not to be confused with Tex Mex cuisine, which is what most people think of as Mexican (Tex Mex could be described as an amalgamation of North Mexican cuisine with Texan farmhouse and cowboy fare).

rajas con crema

rajas con crema

I particularly noticed the rajas con crema (strips of poblano pepper in a sweet corn and onion cream sauce)

pollo con mole

pollo con mole

and pollo con mole (shredded chicken in tomato, onion and chipotle chile sauce).

salt cod fritter

salt cod fritter

The Union produced another of my absolute favoutites,

salt cod fritter with allioli

salt cod fritter with allioli

a salt cod fritter with allioli. It was like fried brandada – what a great idea! I asked them where they source their bacalao and they said they make it themselves – I was very impressed.

vegetable fritters

vegetable fritters

Duck Soup made a wonderful stand out vegetable fritter, which looked like a green pea peanut brittle.

vegetable fritter with tahini yoghurt and sumac

vegetable fritter with tahini yoghurt and sumac

It came with tahini yoghurt and sumac.

phil dirtbox

phil dirtbox

Our compere for the day was Phil Dirtbox, who probably is the voice of Soho.

I failed miserably to take pictures of any of the people who provided the drink. I previously mentioned Chipotle and Ceviche, but we also had marvellous service from The French House, The Travelling Gin Company and Kamm and Sons with their hilarious Punch and Judy.

We went for a wine tasting with Trevor at the St. John wine stall, but he insisted on sharing a bottle of white wine with us instead…

Previous events:

The Soho Food Feast 2013

The Soho Food Feast 2011

 

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32 Responses to The Soho Food Feast 2014

  1. Ruth says:

    The food is great and I think you shot it all. I love the angle of St Anne’s pic, too.
    Looks like a wonderful time. Cheers!

    • Mad Dog says:

      I think I nearly did. We had such a good time that it was tempting to go again on the Sunday too!
      I should have taken Flat Ruthie, but I think on this occasion she might have burst 😉

  2. cecilia says:

    Wow, that looks just wonderful. So much to eat and so much to see. What a delight.c

  3. Eha says:

    A total win-win situation! What a wonderful afternoon sampling so much non-everyday and helping such a worthwhile cause almost by default! Remember you writing about this before . . . .well, I will be scrolling this up and down awhile and then waiting for next year 🙂 !

  4. Wow, what an awesome event, so much wonderful food, looks like a dream come true 🙂
    Cheers
    Marcus

  5. Black pudding scotch eggs! Whoa!

  6. andreamynard says:

    Oh my goodness, what an amazing food festival – and for a lovely cause too. I would’ve found it difficult to choose between all those tempting offerings and scoffed far too much.

    • Mad Dog says:

      Thanks Andrea – it was very difficult to choose, but its all very informal and most of the stalls will let you try a spoonful of their food for free. I spent an hour or so walking round taking the pictures and talking to the chefs before eating and they were very kind to me 😉

  7. Wow – am seriously regretting that we didn’t go but I had no idea if I’d still be here…silly me 😦 It looks absolutely amazing and for a fantastic cause. Couldn’t believed how many stalls there were. Seeing mention of Camisa and Lina Stores really bought back memories of when I was a child as there were so few Italian delicatessans in London we used to drive up to Soho with my dad (yes, you could still even manage to find parking in Soho on a Saturday afternoon!) and stock up every couple of weeks on supplies. Happy days

  8. Amanda says:

    Wow. This is a serious post about some serious eating. Very well documented. That salt cod looked like something I’d love. I really enjoy food festivals where chefs have about a bite to win you over and showcase something wonderful. Duck soup? Black pudding? Yum! These are my faves. I also really like Mexican so the chipotle……yum! Great post!

  9. Tessa says:

    All that food looks absolutely fantastic! What caught my eye was those Scotch eggs. One day I hope to try one… Looks amazing!

  10. You know, I kept thinking this would be the last booth.. and kept scrolling along. I am so impressed that so many chefs/restaurants came together at this event and for such a great cause! I don’t know how I would ever stop, I’d want to taste every last one!!

    • Mad Dog says:

      It was fantastic – I think all credit is due to Fergus and Margot Henderson, who are the sort of chefs who attract chefs. I was very lucky – I spent about an hour photographing the food and was given little tasters of most things 🙂

  11. Our food fairs look NOTHING like this, more’s the pity. I’ve already sent the brandade de morue recipe you reference to myself…How did you not explode!?!

  12. Reblogged this on Portuguese food and commented:
    Hummm…..looks good! A real feast for a good cause…
    How about some portuguese coooking next year?!

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