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Annual Charity Pancake Day Race at Borough Market – 5 March 2019

On Tuesday 5 March, twenty teams from local businesses in Bankside will congregate at London’s famous Borough Market to compete in the grand Better Bankside Pancake Day Race.

Visitors to London may often be confused by many local traditions but they often go back centuries. Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent). In a number of countries, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day celebrate by consuming pancakes. This tradition is related to using up foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before Lent. The custom of British Christians eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday dates to at least the 16th century.

Although specifically celebrated by Christians, Pankcake Day is now enjoyed by everyone and ‘pancake races’ go back to the 15th century. The rules of the race are participants with frying pans race through the streets tossing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan while running over a particular course.

Locals and visitors encouraged to support to the competitors, who will speed back and forth across the Market’s Jubilee Place, flipping as they race.

Spectators can do more than just look at pancakes – they can also get their hands on some for consumption thanks to guest trader Crêpes à la Carte.

What: Better Bankside Pancake Day Race
When: Tuesday 5 March, 12.30 – 14.00
Where: Borough Market, Jubilee Place (opposite
Winchester Walk)

The event is free but funds raised from the event will go to a local charity, Paintings in Hospitals, collection boxes will be available if people wish to donate.

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Bastille Day Festival at Borough Market – Sunday 12th July 2015

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For the eighth year running, Bankside and Borough Market are hosting London’s largest free Bastille Day Festival to celebrate France’s national day with an extravaganza of all things French. The party starts a couple of days early on Sunday 12th July in and around the  surroundings of London’s historic food market, Borough Market.

Enjoy family-friendly fun including magicians, street performers and live music. Get competitive with the classic French game of boules, a pétanque court will be set up outside authentic French restaurant Boro Bistro. In the true spirit of the French revolution there will be a guillotine provided by The London Tombs
There will be Live music from Les Moineaux de Paris, a vintage style French band inspired by the sounds of Edith Piaf.

French cookery demonstrations in the Market Hall at Borough Market

Java dance lessons and improv workshops

Have your face painted (red, white and blue optional!)

French bread bakery classes at Bread Ahead.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Festival website here

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Best London Street Food – Borough Market

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Borough Market is London’s most renowned food market;  it is a mecca for people who love British and international produce.

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Due to its reputation, the street food is of the highest quality, indeed with all the gourmet food on offer you will be spoilt for choice.

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It is a haven for foodies  that attracts  chefs, restaurateurs,  amateur cooks and people who  love eating and drinking.

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The market is populated by a community of  individuals from all over the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

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Many of our stallholders are extremely  knowledge and are happy to share their knowledge.

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It’s a place to explore the Street Food of the world and  discover new food  in a  atmosphere of wonderful foods and aroma’s.

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Review – Borough Market

Borough Market

Location – 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL

Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark on the South Bank of the Thames, It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London and over the last few years has gained a reputation as one of the finest markets in London.

Part of that reputation is due to the quality of food and drink available and many of the market’s most famous traders have become brands in their own right.

The market generally consists of around 70 stalls at which fresh produce is sold this includes fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries. As well as produce grown in the UK, other stalls specialise in quality produce imported from abroad.

A Borough Market has existed in one form or another since 1014, although has moved to various sites around the Borough and London Bridge area. The present buildings are mostly from the 19th century when the market was one of the most important in London for fresh produce.

The Market is run by a charitable trust who maintain a commitment to quality and high standards, only stall holders that reach these standards are allowed to sell at the market.

In recent years the Market has become the haunt of celebrity chefs and a trendy place to buy food, it also features in a number of TV and films.

One of the joys of visiting the Borough Market is to wander around the various stalls and tasting the often delicious produce and take in the wonderful fragrances of the street food. Some of the food is expensive but the quality is usually excellent and the stall holders are very knowledgable about their products and are happy to impart that knowledge if you are interested.

The retail market operates on Wednesday to Thursday 10am to 5pm, Fridays from 10am to 6pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. It is also open for lunches Mon and Tues 10 am to 5 pm. The wholesale market operates on all weekday mornings from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.

For further information about Borough Market visit their website here

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