Covent Garden Night Markets

August 20th, 2008

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Last Friday night I headed down to Covent Garden to check out the Night Markets, which are open for the second year running every Thursday and Wednesday night throughout August. Several fellow bloggers were invited to take a look around and it was really great to finally meet the people behind some of the blogs I read.

The market was smaller and with fewer stalls than you may expect, but it made up what it lacked in quantity with quality and variety. It was lively – as you would expect being in a location such as Covent Garden – with a good atmosphere. There’s an entertaining Kitchen Theatre each Friday with a good line-up. On the evening we attended The Hairy Bikers were cooking up a storm. My Mum and her Partner are big fans so I just had to get a book signed, much to the amusement of my fellow bloggers who took some convincing that the autograph wasn’t for me!

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This coming Friday, 22nd August, you can be dazzled by Willie Harcourt-Cooze, the modern day Willie Wonka, and on Friday 29th August enjoy some nose to tail eating with Fergus Henderson.

After the show I headed straight for the McManus Oyster stall with Ros and Naimh where we enjoyed bubbly and delicious oysters. I highly recommend this stall, but make sure you get there early; they ran out quickly.

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There was lots of tempting hot food on offer such as hog roast, paella, risotto and burgers. And there was plenty of food to take home to enjoy.

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Other delights included gorgous iced biscuits and cupcakes from the Lavender Bakery.

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Aside from the market there was the usual Covent Garden entertainment which at one point consisted of a near-naked man in hot pink pants getting to grips with a unicycle whilst armed with knives. I kid you not. I’ll leave you with that thought. And that image.

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