Tuesday, 30 March 2010

the UK's first Underground Market...

...took place on Sunday 28 March, and was hosted, organised, and brilliantly managed by MsMarmiteLover. You can read all about it on her blog, and I strongly suggest you do - I think markets like this are going to be the next big thing in the foodie/crafty world, judging from the huge popularity of Sunday's event. It was surreal, frenetic, mad, but massive fun, and stallholders and visitors alike seemed to have a complete ball while making lots of new friends and contacts into the bargain, too.

Here are some pictures I took very quickly before the hordes descended. All a bit random (and apologies to those I didn't snap - I really had to whizz round!), but hopefully they'll give you a flavour of it all. For more pics, go to MsMarmiteLover's blog, and also look at links from there to others.

Oh yeah, and I had a little stall of all things choc, too. ;-) (If you really want to know - original brownies, pecan brownies, cardamom brownies, choconana loaf, torta caprese, squillionaire's shortbread, and Portuguese-style chocolate custard tarts).

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The sun shone (well, for the most part, anyway), the wine and cocktails flowed, and everyone was happy. Yes, THIS HAPPY!

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Big thanks are due to MsMarmiteLover and her great team of helpers, fellow stallholders, and everyone who came along - you all made it very worthwhile, and I hope to see you again soon!

37 comments:

Kavey said...

So pleased someone got one of me at my stall. Could I use this in a blog post, please, accredited of course?
x x
(Pls email or DM me)

Understanding Alice said...

wow, that looks SO much fun! Now I really want to hold one where I live :)

MsMarmitelover said...

Lovely pictures and glad you enjoyed it. Shame I didn't get more of a chance to have a right chat with more bloggers like you...

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Kavey - hope you like the pic! Looking forward to getting stuck into your tamarind ketchup ;)

Alice - it was, and you should!

MsMarmiteLover - I think you were just a tad busy, to be honest ;) Another time, I'm sure...

TheFastestIndian said...

OMG- that table of chocolatey delights looks amazing!! Hope there are some recipes following too!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Wow did you make all that stuff? You were busy! I was so disappointed when I realised I couldn't attend this, it sounds absolutely brilliant and I hope you are right that there will be more like it.

ginandcrumpets said...

That looks brilliant. I was at a wedding on saturday so I knew I'd be in no fit state to travel to the market, let alone enjoy it but seeing those pictures I'd haul myself off my death bed next time - especially for pecan brownies.

Bellini Valli said...

It sounds like a great deal of fun and something we should all think about!!

Margaret said...

It looks as though you all had a wonderful time. All the foodie goodies look fabulous.
You made some lovely chocolate cakes and bakes.

H is for Home said...

Looks like a fabulous day was had by everyone - shame I'm so far away - I'd love to have been there!

Cynthia said...

This is an excellent idea!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

TheFastest Indian - thank you! Recipe for the torta caprese is already on the blog...

Sarah - yep, I did. Sorry you couldn't make it. Let's hope there's another soon

ginandcrumpets - heh ;)

Val - yes, we should. So much fun!

Margaret - thank you!

H is for Home - maybe you could organise your own version?

Cynthia - isn't it just? I predict we'll be seeing a lot more of them soon

Mediterranean kiwi said...

this is about the coolest market i have ever seen
fancy all the chocky bits and pieces made by you - good thing you had somewhere to express yourself
once again, thanks for the peek into this lovely green looking food lover's world

Cocina Savant said...

I am uber jealous. Looks like my idea of a great time- good friends and great food. Very neat.

tasteofbeirut said...

Looks like a ton of fun! Wished I could have been there

Cakelaw said...

This looks like fun. They won't let you sell food here unless you have a commercial kitchen and a hygeine certificate - boo.

Su-Lin said...

What a fabulous event! Looks like such fun - love supporting small producers (is that what I should call bloggers/supperclub people with stalls?).

Elizabeth said...

I'd love to have the recipe for cardamom brownies, they sound heavenly!

Manggy said...

Geez Forky, I think your name might be a tad misleading to pasta lovers!! Lol. :) That being said, I SO wish I were there, especially in your a tummyful of chocolate stall. Amazing!!

scandilicious said...

Great pics lady! As you might expect I love the sound of cardamom brownies, bet they went down a treat :)

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Med kiwi - thank you! And yes, it was pretty cool!

Cocina - maybe organise your own, and recreate the fun?

tasteofbeirut, Cakelaw - yes, it was :)

Su-Lin - call them what you like, they don't bite ;)

Elizabeth - top secret, I'm afraid ;) But yes, they were incredibly popular.

Manggy - agreed. I'll be in another guise next time, so as not to confuse ;)

Scandilicious - now, why doesn't that surprise me? ;) Wish you could have been there. Never mind - next time

Greedy Diva said...

I'm impressed. Looks like a great day, and fab idea!

diva said...

This looks like so much fun!! And so much good food displayed..i spy loads of pretty cupcakes too. nice.

May said...

Wow, what a great idea. Shame I missed it. Will keep an eye on out for the next one.

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Spice Rack said...

I really don't know why they call that an underground market, It is not illegal and it is really fun. I was trying to look for amazing spice rack that would give life to my kitchen.

Pia K said...

it looks absolutely brilliant! what a great idea and fantastic day!

Choclette said...

Wonderful idea - yours look the best of course, but then I would say that!

Wen said...

What a lovely idea. Well done everyone with stalls! Looking forward to this trend building steam.

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