Streatham Food Festival, organised by Streatham BID, was just what we needed coming out of lockdown, bringing us together and encouraging people to put money into small independent businesses in our local economy.
I did my bit, collecting plenty of stamps over the week-long festival and heading on a big food crawl with friends on the final day. Over the course of the week, I sampled: summer rolls and salad from Tam, a vegan chickpea curry from Tribe, nachos and tacos from El Chico’s, jerk chicken at the White Lion, an amazing shrimp burger at Hood Streatham, pizza and fizz at Perfect Blend, Waffle Genie’s Oreo extravaganza, and ice cream with dessert wine from Streatham Wine House.
The Streatham Food Festival was extra special this year and it was a lot of fun to confirm status as the culinary centre of South London. There are so many fantastic independent businesses in Streatham making and selling amazing local produce. Many have faced real challenges during the pandemic: from declining footfall to Brexit- and Covid-related supply chain issues and the increased costs and blue tape of Tory Brexit. I urge everyone to shop local wherever possible..