Camden’s markets attract some 15 million visitors every year. This summer we joined the crowd.
Once through the curiosity and distraction of the general stalls and the shoppers, we made our way to the West Yard for food.
Here stall holders were jumbled around a large leafy tree, where each sold freshly cooked food, London food, based on recipes from around the world.
The assault on the senses came from every direction in a mix that included Turkish kebabs, Galician octopus, French macaroons, Ethiopian coffee, and onwards…
Later in the summer, in search of material for a longer article, I returned to meet some of the chefs and to take a closer look at the food stalls.
It was another sense stimulating visit, and it gave me more than enough to write about. The finished piece, supported by the Migrants’ Resource Centre, later appeared on the media4us website.
My thanks to the managers at Camden Lock Limited for their time, and to all the stall holders who took time during a busy week day to explain the origins of their recipes.
A final tip for visitors to the West Yard – if you want to avoid the congestion in the tube stations try the London Waterbus.
Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2018