We like local initiatives – especially when they involve food. So when a dedicated food market sprung up in Hackney Central at the end of February, we were curious. Every Saturday (11am-4pm), Hackney Homemade Food market brings mouthwatering culinary delights to St John’s Church gardens. There’s plenty to stock up your larder with, from cheeses, chutneys and breads to fruit, veg and eggs. Grazers can dig their teeth into a diverse mix of street food – bring some appetite to face the likes of cured German sausages from Biga Foods, grilled burgers from Happy Herefords, Japanese katsu curry from Alley Katsu and hearty Italian ragus from The Hungry Wolf. There’s even a pop-up tea shop by the Haggerston Tea Rooms that lets you mix your own blend of loose leaf tea. And, rest assured, there’s plenty of cake stalls – including a Creole bakery – that offer sweet treats to go with your cuppa.
For info, check out Hackneyhomemade.com or head down to St John’s Church gardens (opposite M&S on Mare St), E9 6EJ.