Craig shares details of a day spent at the cheese and craft beer market in London’s trendy East Village E20
Just a few short minutes from Stratford station and you’re in the heart of the vibrant, bustling and trendy East Village E20, which according to certain sources is one of London’s hippest postcodes. With various markets and events held there regularly I was excited to be invited to attend the cheese and craft beer market.
The smell of street food got us even before we’d entered the market, and there were a number of stalls to choose from, offering wraps crammed with various fillings, Chinese food and vegan delights, to name just a few.
But this particular market is all about the cheese and beer though right! And boy were there some great cheeses to sample. From silky soft and creamy goats cheese, tangy cheddar’s and potent Stiltons, there was something to suit everyone’s tastes.
Throughout the day there were talks from Ned Palmer from The Cheese Tasting Company and brewer Rebecca Pate from Five Points Brewery. They enchanted audiences with talks about the intricacies of cheese and beer, while of course allowing those listening to sample the content of their discussions.
These were very popular. I’m not sure if it was because people were cheese and beer fans and wanted to be further educated, or whether it was down to the plentiful samples! Either way everyone seemed to enjoy them and there was a real buzz at each one.
I was particularly taken by the honey beer on offer from Hiver whose beer is made from the raw honey of London beekeepers. That’s a cool thing on its own but once you learn that a good percentage of profits are put back into local beekeeping it adds a element to the beer that I really wanted to share with you. Plus it tasted damn good!
All of the beer stalls were popular, with people of all ages keen to sample something new and exciting. Mother Kelly’s went down a treat, as did Hoppily who were there to tell people about their craft beer membership delivery service.
While cheese and beer were the main focus of the market, there were also other great things to try like organic wine from L’ Altrevi and an amazing cake from Doreen’s Home made Jamaican Rum Cake. The story behind the cake really touched my heart and made each mouthful more warming.
Aside from the stalls at the event, East Village E20 plays host to over over 25 independent shops, cafe’s and restaurants. We took some time out for coffee at one of the cool and stylish cafe’s, and had a look around some of the stores, before venturing back for more cheese!
I love East Village. There is a really great vibe to the place. It’s a stones throw from the hustle and bustle of central London, but far enough away to offer some peace and a bit of tranquillity and escape.
The modern yet relaxed surroundings, with trees nestled among the blocks of flats and a gently flowing stream to sip coffee by, seems like a great place to live. There are a few places available to rent, all via GetLiving, and if I was in a position to consider moving, it’s certainly a place that I’d put on my ‘must see’ list.
Did you know that East Village even existed? I didn’t! But I’m really pleased that I now do!
Are you a cheese or beer aficionado and are now kicking yourself because you missed the event? Maybe you’re going to add the next date in your diary
As a great foodie destination there are some great events planned for the coming weeks. I’m quite excited about the series of Sensory Supper Clubs they have planned for this Autumn! Keep any eye on the website for full details of this and other cool events.
Perhaps you’ve even added East Village to your list of potential places to put down roots? Either way I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to add a comment below and I’ll get back to you.
Thanks for stopping by!
this post was sponsored by Get Living which offers rental homes in East Village.