Crispy pide bases heaped with spicy meat and vegetables, flaky boreks stuffed with mince or feta, olives from every spot on the colour and taste spectrum. Sounds good, doesn’t it? And we haven’t even got to the Chinese, Vietnamese, African, Italian, Indian and Caribbean goodies that will also be on offer at the first Harringay Food Festival, taking place on Green Lanes this Sunday.
The north London high street has long been a foodie favourite for its restaurants serving grub from Greece, Turkey and beyond, a collection of independent grocers holding their own against the supermarkets, and a fine Victorian pub in the Salisbury. The entertainment will be just as eclectic as the neighbourhood, with steel bands, klezmer acts and Kurdish folk dancers all taking to the stage.
The fun starts on Saturday afternoon with a local history walk and an open-air screening of Mamma Mia!. For the street party on Sunday, Green Lanes will be closed from the railway bridge at Williamson Road to the junction with Warham Road. Buses are on diversion, so use the walk from the Tube or train station to work up an appetite, and tuck in.
Harringay Green Lanes Food Festival, Sunday 20 September, 11am to 5pm, Green Lanes, Harringay, for more information, go to the festival website.
By Concetta Sidoti. Image by Hazel Tsoi-Wiles