On May 27th Spitalfields Market hosted an event called Africa at Spitalfields.
Here is the description from their website:
Come and join London’s biggest shopping experience inspired by Africa Join us on the last Bank Holiday Monday in May, as we transform Spitalfields Traders Market to bring you Africa at Spitalfields, a new shopping experience, celebrating the vibrant African culture and showcasing the talents from Africa and the Diaspora in the UK. The day is to include an array of stalls of African Music, Film, Fashion, Interiors, Street Food, Art, crafts and Literature. You’ll be greeted by the aroma of sweet smelling African street food, traditional African dancers, the distinctive sounds of Djembe drummers and you can try braiding and face painting for the kids or big kids. More than a conventional market, Africa at Spitalfields is an interactive shopping experience about bringing together the community young, old, families, students & adults, and is a perfect environment for stall holders and those that that have a general interest to connect with one another. Feed your curiosity, your eyes and your taste buds…Get Involved, Get Inspired. Free entry for all and everyone is welcome!
This was right up my street, almost literally as Spitalfields is just a mere stroll across London Bridge for me. The weather was lovely again so hubby and I grabbed our water, camera and trendy Hessian shopping bags and we were off…
We entered the market on the “wrong” side but the sound of the Djembe drums called us to the right section of the market.
There were many children also invited from the audience to play the drums but I’m not keen on posting photos of other people’s children on the internet.
I spoke to every single stall holder at the market, but in this case pictures are much better than words. To make it easy for you to tell when I have moved onto another stall I will separate the groups of photos with a line like this:
Hubby bought me little birthday presents from each stall, where I fancied something, I got these from J.M Prempeh:
I bought a lovely doll for my Nephew Widget, we do not believe in gender stereotypes in my family , my sister specifically wanted a female doll for her son to represent his female relatives and to teach him that he must look after this special doll, and treat it with respect because he should treat all women with respect and look out for his Mum, Aunty & Grandma etc.
I bought some Black Soap from this stall,
I bought the blue top (on the right)
The Stall holder was very patient with me, there she is on the far left.
We had lunch at Las Iguanas, BOGOF cocktails, 5 Tapas dishes and sweet Potato Fries.
While we were waiting for the food to come DH took photos of me pulling faces,
sometimes you have to just let go and have fun!
I bought the last “cultural hamper” from this lady, it contains 4 Plantains, 1 mature coconut and 1 Sharon fruit all for £5.00 plus I can reuse the packaging, bargain!
I think cultural hampers are a fantastic idea and I wish I’d thought of it!
Only one problem, I have no idea what to do with a mature coconut!
From the other side of the market we bought this, I’m actually going to use the board as a spoon rest, I think that Olive wood is beautiful and if the board holds up against staining I’m going to buy more Olive wood products especially kitchen items.
It was a really great day and I hope they have this event again!
Thanks for looking everyone!