For our first Roman Road Festival in 2014 we shut off Roman Road Market, rolled out the artificial grass and turned Roman Road into a village green. With a music stage, a big screen showing the Wimbledon tennis finals, over thirty market stalls, as well as food and drink, and a creative corner to fire up the imagination, we had all the ingredients for a bit of magic.
All the stalls were brought to you by local people and businesses. There was a wide range of market merchandise on offer from baby and children’s wear from Viv and Joe’s and Flossie Kids; to vintage furniture from Johns London; books about the East End at the Brick Lane Book Shop stall, and vintage fashion accessories and jewellery from Bromley-by-Bow duo theHostess Hotties.
As will everything else at the Roman Road Festival, we kept it local with all our food suppliers. Normally feeding the 5,000 at Roman Road Market every Saturday, it was great to have the ever-popular SuperChefCaribbean selling ‘chicken, rice and peas’ to hungry revellers on the Closing Sunday – the queue never seemed to go down. If you haven’t tried their dumplings yet you might find it tops your comfort food favourites. Nelly and Omer from Bow Belly served falafel platters as well as freshly baked scones with homemade jam; The Almond Kitchen brought her unbeatable gooey brownies, and Dhaba Lane served up – and sold out of – healthy Indian fare.