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A Good, Clean, Fair, and Slow Christmas Food Market

By tikichris Last edited 114 months ago
A Good, Clean, Fair, and Slow Christmas Food Market

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With this season’s frenetic pace quickening with the passing of each day till the Twenty-fifth, Londonist genuinely appreciates Slow Food London’s mellowed and delicious approach to “good and clean and fair” Christmas shopping. Located immediately outside South Bank’s Royal Festival Hall (on the non-riverside Belvedere Road bit), the Slow Food London Christmas Market commenced yesterday and continues through Sunday, from 11am to 8pm each day.

We were pleased to have a roam around the market with the "no hype" folks from Qype during last night’s kick-off when we managed to pick up some perfect gifts for our families and friends (as well as some tasty treats for ourselves!). We also enjoyed some gorgeous roast pork sandwiches with hot spicy cider from RFH’s Canteen restaurant. Virtually every vendor was worthy of sampling and many deserving of your patron, but if we had to single out one for the B-line … Altissima’s lardo blew us away. Visit SlowFoodLondon.com for more info.

Photography by Chris Osburn © 2007

Last Updated 21 December 2007

eas_e

mmmmm... lardo...

tikichris

Yes, Lardo. A little dab will do ya (and wreck any diet).

Siany

Hmmmm.... went yesterday and it was very tiny. If you like things in jars, then it's great. But it's overpriced and was really really small. It took us 15 minutes to walk around the whole thing. Greenwich has a food market, which is frankly much better, You get the benifit of the rest of the market too!

It was great stuff, but I'd take a trip to Borough Market as well if you're in the area.

tikichris

"If you like things in jars, then it's great."

Really? Not into all the savoury pork products and fresh mushrooms and Sardinian Cheeses and perry and all those other non-jar slow food goodies?

Personally, the small and somewhat selective quality of the market had much to do with why I enjoyed it so much. It was a nice change from Borough. I adore Borough Market would not want to be squeezing through there at all today. Good luck shopping!

Siany

I did forget about the mushrooms. And I like mushrooms lots and lots.

I was more annoyed becuase I was sick and had made a special trip out to go there - I was dissapointed!

It did feel very festive though!

tikichris

Sorry to hear you weren't feeling up to it. For me, the market was totally worth a special trip. I had a little Christmas gift exchange with some friends last night and the treats I bought for them at the Slow Food Christmas Market were a hit. Also, this morning's breakfast came by way of the market and I was quite happy with the Denhay Air Dried Ham I had purchased.

eas_e

While I agree that things are a bit pricier than average, I don't mind paying a bit more for quality. Particularly if I know that the vendors are slow food vendors. Slow Food is a movement that is worthwhile supporting - and it's delicious to boot. Whenever I see the wee snail symbol, I always go for that item. It's worth the extra spend. Good food is always worth the extra spend in my book.
Hopefully, next year it will be a bit bigger event.

tikichris

Good food for a good cause.

I hope next year will be bigger too. But I hope it doesn't get bigger just for the sake of being bigger or go up against the mainstays such as Borough Market or Greenwich. I just think it would be awesome to see more Slow Food availabe in London! Oh and there was a rumour drifting about that SFL might try to have markets four times a year, one for each delicious season.