In the first of a series of events in Lansdowne Walk, which links Lansdowne Road with the new East Croydon footbridge, stalls sold food from all corners of the World.
The delicacies on offer included Italian hog and lamb roasts, German sausage, pizzas from a wood fired oven, Indian dishes, Chinese dishes, Kosovan burgers and Greek falafel. The thriving lunchtime crowd was also treated to live classical Hungarian music in the specially designed landscape space on Lansdowne Walk, between 12 and 2pm.
White Label, a local events and marketing agency who manage the event space, enlisted Epicurean Events, a company specialising in food markets, to deliver the day. Epicurean’s events director Warren Khan was delighted with how it went.
“It was a very successful first event and a lot of people came out to support it,” he said.
“The weather was good, it was a good creative atmosphere and the classical Hungarian musicians went down really well.
“It was a very strong launch day for the space, which is a great area for these sort of events.”
Ayman Elal ran the Baba Ganoush stall selling falafel and he felt the day was a huge success.
He said: “For a first day and a market that is brand new it has gone really good. We got a good mix of people – professionals, locals and commuters.
“Many of them had never had a falafel before so this is a great opportunity to introduce people to new cultures via their palates.”
Emil Velichkov, who ran the Italian hog and lamb roast stalls, said: “People really liked the market. I spoke to a few people and they said there is nowhere else to eat, there are a few places but they are either too expensive or in the restaurants the meals are too big, so they like this.
“For me, this is as good as the market we do every month in Liverpool Street.”
Salil Bhatia ran the Indian Seasoning stall and said: “People love to have fast food and street food is the fastest way to have their lunch break. Normally, people just have sandwiches, but here you get variety and lots of different cultures.”
Jason Margrave, development director at Stanhope plc, who in partnership with Schroders PLC are developing Ruskin Square, of which Lansdowne Walk is part, said: “The world food market was a huge success and it was great to see so many people enjoying the entertainment and the different foods.
“We have some fantastic events planned over the coming months. We hope that those who live and work in Croydon will continue to enjoy them in the way that they did today.”
From June 30, a big screen will be installed in Platform to show the second week of the Wimbledon tennis championships as Andy Murray tries to defend the crown he won so spectacularly last summer.
Mr Margrave added: “We want to make Platform a constantly evolving space and to go from having a food festival to showing Wimbledon illustrates that perfectly.
“It should be a good atmosphere when the screen is there and let’s hope we can cheer another victory for Andy Murray.”
For six weeks from July 19, Croydon-based art collective TURF will be installing a mini golf course, specially designed by nine local artists with a unique twist on crazy golf.