FOR THE LOVE
Little leaves a bad taste in your mouth more than having a fantastic experience only to be ruined by terrible food. But, this can often be the case with festivals, famed for their expensive chip vans, lack of vegetarian options and greasy noodles. Which is why we launched The White Label Kitchen, an innovative dining experience that provides a blank slate for a handpicked selection of London’s hottest food concepts to join forces and create the ultimate festival menu
Returning for its third year, The White Label Kitchen will welcome top chefs from four guest collaborators, including Crabbieshack, HS&Co, SpiceBox and Arancini Brothers. So, whether you’re a proud devourer of meat, super-food freak, or ‘gluten free, dairy free, everything free’ type of person, your hungry stomach’s sure to be satisﬁed.
Making its debut appearance at London Coﬀee Festival and bringing the Kent coast to The White Label Kitchen is Crabbieshack. The Folkestone inspired shack uses local and seasonal produce to celebrate the humble crustacean. Soft-shell crab is coated in Old Bay batter before being deep-fried for intense crunch. Fluﬀy, brioche burger buns and stuﬀed with fresh ﬁllings, topped with crispy crab and drizzled in a choice of sauce. MmmMmm.
Another festival newbie and indeed a new addition to the East End is
HS&Co, bringing you Irish steak cooked on the famous Josper Grill. Steak is dry aged for three weeks before being cooked on the Grill with nothing other than salt and pepper (no silly marinades) to enhance the beef’s ﬂavour. It’s then sliced and served with onions on a soft white bun, but not before being topped with creamy cheese sauce. Philly Cheese Steak sound a bit too meaty for you? Fear not. For the Veggies out there, there’s also homemade falafel wrapped in traditional Lebanese ﬂat bread served with salad and tahini sauce.
SpiceBox is giving the Indian takeaway an update. Drawing from ancient Ayurvedic wisdom, its chefs pack SpiceBoxes curries with super spices that nourish your body and soul. They've swapped animal fats, sugar and general nastiness for vegetables, pulses and plant-based goodness - meaning that all Spice Boxes are less than half the calories of your standard takeout, whilst tasting just as good. Hooray!
SpiceBox cares about the impact its food has on the world around us. That's why you'll never find animal products in the food. Ever.
A favourite amongst festival goers since day one, Arancini Brothers are best known for their Sicilian-style, hand-made risotto balls. Last year they served up the likes of a Risotto Ball Salad Box packed with superfood salad, four wheat free risotto balls and homemade chutney, as well as The London Coﬀee Festival Special Burger, made from organic brioche and ﬁlled with a beef patty, sweet bacon garlic conﬁt and Colston Bassett Blue, with a side of smoky fries. Not bad considering they started oﬀ as a tiny Brick Lane market stall, ay?