A rebooted Queen’s Crescent Festival kicks off this Saturday

Is the new Alma Street Fair here? This weekend sees the long-awaited celebration of the regeneration of Queen’s Crescent with live music, world food, diverse stalls and vibrant antiques market

It smells even better than it looks. The chicken grill on the market. Photo: Stephen Emms
It smells even better than it looks – the weekly jerk chicken grill on the market. Photo: Stephen Emms

In recent weeks there’s been a definite surge in stalls on the once-struggling Queen’s Crescent Market. So we hope that this Saturday, the long-anticipated relaunch which coincides with the street’s annual festival, is packed. In fact, with 3000 folk expected, it’s set to be another Alma Street Fair – with more sunshine, of course.

This Saturday peruse the regular stalls - or try the streetfood.
This Saturday peruse the regular stalls – or try the streetfood.

So what’s planned? As well as a “Camden Has Talent” contest (launched at 2pm by local chanteuse Gemma Fox) and performances by a rollcall of Camden bands, the emphasis is on finger-lickin’ streetfood: Neriman sandwiches – who do the hog roasts in Archway Market – will be showing up, as will The Grafton, running their popular streetside BBQ, sausagey experts Top Dog, Marisco’s fish tacos, plus lots of Indian and Jerk Chicken grills.

The new Coffee Bay cart boys will be there, so you can grab an americano to accompany a delectable tart from Flour Of London, otherwise known as Kentish Town’s latest artisan patissier Clare Zerny.

Jack on his brilliant fruit 'n' veg stall
Jack on his longstanding fruit ‘n’ veg stall

And if you just want to do a bit of food shopping, the regulars will all be out in force too, of course, including the multicultural mini-market stalls and Jack’s daily fruit ‘n’ veg (left). But if you haven’t checked out the new antiques market at the eastern end, now’s the time. Set to be bigger than ever this weekend, Matt Townsend’s shop, next to Delichio’s caff, is also treasure trove of art and vintage furniture.

Don’t forget, we’ve got a stall too, selling our Cultural Maps, T-shirts and tote bags (all available in our online shop). So come and say hi – or simply pick up the latest print edition.

"No haggling!"
“No haggling!”

We always bang on about this, but Queen’s Crescent is an iconic Kentish Town institution (pre-dating Camden Market by over a century, no less) – as well as being one of the capital’s oldest street markets. We can all make it a real hangout again for locals and Londoners alike.

So come down on Saturday and play a part in this celebration of our diverse community.

The festival runs from 12-6pm, Saturday August 10, but the market opens around 10am, as it does each week.

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  • Jonathan

    Are they going to move out all the undesirables who usually frequent the crescent so the lovely middle class readers of this blog can enjoy themselves?

  • Alison lowton

    Why don’t you mention the brilliant Turkish/Somali etc shops which sell fantastic fruit and veg and also the widest range of ingredients for middle eastern and Indian cooking.

    • Kentishtowner

      Hi Alison, we talk about how brilliant Queen’s Crescent is on a regular basis; both editors live there. This particular story is about what’s happening for one day only at tomorrow’s festival.

  • Alison lowton

    Oh and how could you leave out Donna’s flower stall? I can’t say I have noticed that its been rebooted (as someone who lives in the Crescent) but I’m holding my breath til Saturday