From the creators of the Dalston Roof Park and Nuno Mendez and the Loft Project...
Running every Friday night until Christmas - The Long Table was East London’s first ever night time food market. Friday nights in Dalston would never be the same again. Running from 6pm until midnight the Long Table offered an impressive hand picked selection of London’s finest street food, a bar and music.
The best meals in life are about who you share them with. The Long Table was all about conviviality and bringing people together. Grounded in the importance of local chefs, purveyors and producers, the Long Table celebrated all different types of foods and tastes. As visitors grazed the wealth of dishes on offer, they experienced the sense of warmth inherent in a big gathering. They were also encouraged to participate in the longest online table in the world, via Twitter!
The Long Table team managed to provide us with another unconventional space in the heart of Dalston. Taking into consideration the adverse weather conditions, the night market was covered and provided a central banquet style table to dine throughout the evening. Bright fire logs and glowing stall lights set the tone. People were then invited to bring their choice of food to the Long Table (which really is a very long table!) and share their meal with fellow lovers of street food under a setting protected from the winter chill.
All of this took place in a large disused space minutes from Dalston Junction and Kingsland Road. The space was full of curiosity as it also featured a WW2 Bunker which hosted live visual art at each event. The transformation of the space was indicative of the Dalston area which is at the forefront of a new breed of creativity in London.
There were clear signs of quality in this night market as Nuno Mendes, the chef genius behind Bethnal Green’s Viajante and the Loft Project joined The Long Table. His signature dishes which have earned their place in his restaurant were given a street food twist. The Yum Buns’ was aTaiwanese treat. Whilst the neighbourhood Turkish favourite Mangal and Glastonbury favourites Yam The Cassava brought a local Turkish and Caribbean touch. Drinks flowed throughout the night.