After Hours at Borough Market

Borough Market
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A night of conversation, with food and drink from the Market’s world-famous traders.

This in-person event takes place at Borough Market Kitchen, Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL.

In a time where making informed food choices is difficult, can food markets help us by offering direct access to experts who grow, prepare or source food?

Dan Saladino (author of Eating to Extinction and presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme) is joined at London’s much-loved Borough Market by Angela Clutton (author of Borough Market: The Knowledge and co-director of the British Library Food Season) and Shane Holland (executive chair of Slow Food UK and vice chair of the Borough Market Trust) to discuss how markets can illuminate some of the murkier corners of food ethics and quality, while also offering communities a place to gather and connect. 

There will be an interval at this event with a selection of food and drink from some of Borough Market's traders, including Mersea oysters from Richard Haward’s Oysters, vegan cheese from Palace Culture, a selection of Spanish foods from Brindisa, raw milk ice-cream from Hook & Son, and cider and perry from The London Cider House. 

The event continues with Market traders Monika Linton of Brindisa and Steve Hook of Hook & Son sharing their specialist knowledge and explaining the philosophy that underpins their work.

Please note this event is outdoors. 

Dan Saladino is a renowned food journalist who has worked at the BBC for 25 years. For more than a decade he has traveled the world recording stories of foods at risk of extinction – from cheeses made in the foothills of a remote Balkan mountain range to unique varieties of rice grown in southern China. His work has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation, the Guild of Food Writers, and the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards.

Angela Clutton is an award-winning food writer. Her debut book The Vinegar Cupboard (published in March 2019) won the Jane Grigson Trust Award, and in 2020 was shortlisted for the André Simon Food and Drink Awards; won two awards at the Guild of Food Writers Awards; and won ‘Debut Cookery Book’ at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards. Her latest book Borough Market: The Knowledge was published by Hodder and Staughton in October 2022. It was written in partnership with Borough Market for whom Angela is also the host of their podcast series Borough Talks and the hugely popular Borough Market Cookbook Club. Angela is co-director of the British Library Food Season.

Shane Holland is executive chairman of Slow Food in the UK, part of the global organisation that campaigns for good food and farming, and a trustee of Borough Market. His professional background is in food operations, involving senior roles in businesses both large and small, including food markets.

Monika Linton is the founder of Brindisa Ltd and co-founder of Brindisa Kitchens. Brindisa celebrates the true taste of Spain; the company name comes from the Spanish word, ‘brindis’, the act of raising your glass. Since Monika first set out to introduce Spanish ingredients to the UK in 1988, Brindisa has grown into one of the country’s best-known importers of high-quality, carefully-sourced Spanish food supplying restaurants and delis nationwide. Products range from the world-famous Ibérico bellota ham and Manchego cheese, to lesser-known delicacies such as morcilla and mojama. 

Phil and Steve Hook produce organic, unpasteurised dairy products from their small farm on the edge of the Pevensey Levels in Sussex. Use of sustainable farming methods and grass fed Friesian Holstein cows means that only the highest quality milk is produced by the Hook family, who have a history of more than 250 years of farming. Products include raw whole and skimmed milk, cream, raw butter and ghee.

Borough Market is a source of quality British and international produce, but it is more than just a place to buy or sell food. It’s a place where people come to connect, to share food and awaken their senses. Borough has long been synonymous with food markets and as far back as 1014, and probably much earlier, London Bridge attracted traders selling grain, fish, vegetables and livestock. In the 13th century traders were relocated to what is now Borough High Street and a market has existed there ever since. Borough Market’s mission is to continue to provide a world class food market at Borough for the community of London and beyond. Borough Market is the only fully independent market in London. It is owned by a charitable trust and run by a board of volunteer trustees. The trust is committed to supporting the local community around Borough Market. We regularly run community events, free cookery demonstrations and we support local community projects and schemes.  

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Name: After Hours at Borough Market
Where: Borough Market Kitchen
Borough Market
8 Southwark Street
When: -
Price: £20
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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