Bank Holiday weekends are dam gorgeous, especially when the weather is 24 degrees and the dazzling yellow circle in the sky showers me with endless sun-kisses. Whenever the sun is shining, moods change, people smile and it’s like a relaxed mist has settled over everyone’s shoulders.
I am not one for sitting around. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean I am always rushing around but I can’t stand just sitting about doing nothing, it drives me mad and goes against my principle of maximising life. Why waste it just doing nothing? Just doesn’t make sense to me. So Google to the rescue, what events did South East London have to offer.
And the best bit…it was free!
Living on the River Thames means it was even easier to get there, just a short boat ride to the Tower of London. This has become one of my most preferred methods of travel, the Thames Clipper runs frequently and is an awesome opportunity to snap away and capture those city views.
I had never heard of this festival before, once again help Google! What the hell did I do before Google?! I really can’t remember. I feel old saying that as it really is my go-to for pretty much anything. Were we shut off from the world before, only reliant upon newspapers and TV programmes? How much did we miss out on? Now we can access pretty much everything which springs to mind and I think it’s awesome. I wonder what the next generation will have as their main source of news.
I digress. Feria (meaning Fair) is an annual local festival in Spain. One of the most famous being in Seville going the whole hog with bullfighting, flamenco dancing, a fairground and of course an abundance of lip-smackingly tasty Spanish cuisine. As most of you know, I suffer from foodporn. I luxuriate in trying new cuisines, you mention street food and I am right there. This, accompanied by some of London’s finest historic architecture, was just superb.
By 2pm the weather was still holding up although luckily by this point the sun was covered with a few clouds. Thank god as I was melting. Time for lunch but oh man so many stalls to choose from. I suggest at events like this that you grab a beer and have a good walk round to see what the stalls have to offer so you don’t miss out on anything after stuffing yourself with every goodness you can find…like me.
See…how do you choose from all of that?! And that is just a small selection. My way of whittling down my choice is to think of dishes I can’t get somewhere else. So, I can get paella, burgers, tortilla and tacos pretty much anywhere. But Peruvian cuisine? Never tried it…until now.
I’m talking meaty chicken, chunky onions and peppers marinated in a full-bodied spice. All washed down with a light and aromatic Cruzcampo, the official beer at this year’s Feria de Londres and even better when finding a spot on the grass to listen to the Spanish band.
Typical. Ten minutes in and the rain started…and continued…and continued some more. Unfortunately that was the end of the festival for us but what a way to showcase Spanish culture and gastronomy.
One tip for events: Make sure you take plenty of cash as sometimes the bar only takes tokens and most stalls only accept cash.
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