WELCOME CHOIR AT CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET TOMORROW – FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD (please bring your own tinsel if you’d like to join in)

Saturday 7th December Haynes Lane off Westow Street SE19

Come and join The Welcome Choir as they tra la la la laa and ding dong merrily on high their way around the market. Guaranteed to banish those bah humbug blues.  Meet at midday at Antenna.

Ask on each stall about pre-ordering your food. Gill Wing Farm butchers, Veaseys fish, Brett & Bailey cakes, Comfort & Joy deli, Capo Caccia Sardinian produce, Owl Kitchen gluten free, London Smoke & Cure smokery & cheese, Wine Scouts, and more – all taking orders.



Guest lunch – Jerky Fridays  Patsy says “Here’s Saturday’s menu: Rice & Peas, Curry Mutton, Jerk Pork, Jerk Chicken, Macaroni Cheese Pie, Ackee & Saltfish, Callaloo, Fried Plantains & Fried Dumplings. All meals are £5 each.”

Vegan lunch Return to Shashamane  Wholesome pick and mix from Emilia.

Snacks – Ricochez  Sausage rolls, hot from the oven.  Or buy some frozen to cook at home.

Lunch & deli – Comfort & Joy Hot tasty wraps, salads and those famous scotch eggs plus takeaways – curries, lasagne and more.  We recommend getting a few of their ready meals in your freezer for the day after your work Christmas party!

Visiting food stalls

Local honey – Mark Stott  Mark is bringing us “Cold filtered honey from our apiary in Crystal Palace Park.”

Gluten free – Owl Kitchen Mel is cooking up “Sweet – Christmas cake, mince pies, Christmas puddings, carrot cake, chocolate brownies, lemon and raspberry sandwich, raspberry frangipane tarts.  Savoury – mini quiche, sausage rolls.  Vegan and gluten free – Christmas cake, peanut butter squares, brownies, chocolate avocado cake.”  Pictured – 1/2 pint xmas puddings £8 and full pint £13. Gluten free and boozy!

Vegan cheese – Palace Culture  Mirko says “Will have our full fermented cream cheese range plus we’re going to be offering live “kick-ass kimchi” and “super sauerkraut” from our friends @bottlebrushferments.  Come quick because it all sells out.”   

Preserves – Fruition Preserves  Wendy says “Preparations for Christmas are all done!  We have some fantastic homemade treats to offer for the festive season (its our last time at Crystal Palace until next year). My deliciously different, light, fruity, boozy, no-added sugar, no-fat xmas pudding is the perfect after-turkey-dinner treat. We’ll also have our special range of Cheese Condiments; my mighty Quince Jelly, Fig Relish and a punching Red Onion Marmalade; sold singly or in pretty gift sets. Also tangy Cranberry Sauce laced with orange and port. And for the foodie in your life why not pick up a ketchup and compote gift set? And our homemade Membrillo too! Our stall will be groaning under the weight….. Tasters will be aplenty; so pop down, have a try and get stocked up with festive treats and presents.”

Hot sauces – Chilli Brothers  Nathalie says “We are back with our delicious artisan crafted chilli sauces and condiments. We also have our Christmas special edition! See you all tomorrow 🌶🌶🌶.”

Olives – Mar de Olivos  Mar says “I am bringing my usual tasty menu of  olives and other delicacies from my homeland Andalucia:  delicious olives chupadedos, (aka finger licking olives), brava olives, black organic empeltre olives and manzanilla olives (freshly and handmade marinade) spicy, mojo-picon sauce from Canary island, mild flavour with piquillo pepper and sundried tomatoes or stuffed with anchovies and marinated with fresh thyme, lemon and extra virgin olive oil. In addition to these, I am bringing pickled eggplants, sun dried tomatoes, queen olives and lupini beans.  I’ll be bringing organic extra virgin olive oil made with different olive varieties, come and have a taste, I am happy to give you some tips on how to use it or which is the best as a gift.  They are full of antioxidants and vitamins and go really well with other products from the market such as vegetables, fish, meat or why not drizzle it on any salad, pasta  or use for dipping? If you want a Christmas hamper, I can help you.

Christmas & pressies

Christmas wreathsJanine Barraclough

Carol singers – Welcome Choir  You can join them – that’ll get your bells jingling!  Meet midday at Antenna for a rehearsal, then singing around the market. Wear your best sparklies and tinsel.

Vintage & upcycled clothes & homewares – Ghada Vintage Store Ghadah says “We have hand-made these beautiful Middle eastern and Arabic-inspired vintage clothing and jewellery. These are upcycled goods, so nothing fabulous is wasted!”

Children’s clothes – Y Kairos Sweet little hats, leggings, coats and more, made by Snezana.

Original illustrations – Images Delmar  Dylan sells original illustrations and also runs a picture framing service.

Beauty products – FloreNaturals Made by Flore.

Candles Kairos Moon Colourful aromatherapy candles, also in the Roots and Cycles walkthrough.

Local art & craft stall – Palace Makers   Jakki says “At Palace Makers this Saturday we will have a wide selection of handmade work from local artists and craftspeople including, screenprints, cushions, candles, coasters, cards, bags, purses, christmas decoration and jewellery.”

Local artists and makers. Palace Makers is part of Transition Town and open to artists, designers, makers and craftspeople who live in the local and surrounding areas. If this sounds like you or someone you know, and you/they might like to be part of this weekly stall, please come along on a Saturday to have a chat or contact us via our Facebook page here.


CakesBrett and Bailey  Joe says “It’s beginning to look a lot like Cakemas. Come and join us at our lovely local food market for another fine selection of super-seasonal cakes and bakes, including our luxury Christmas range.

Our Great Taste Award-winning luxury Christmas puddings are packed with figs, cranberries and Pedro Ximenez sherry, and finished off with a good glug of VSOP calvados to properly get them in the Christmas spirit. We’ll also have some luxury Christmas cakes with a decadent mix of fruits, soused with bourbon, and topped with either nuts and fruits on a fine dark chocolate slab, or a blanket of marzipan and royal icing (there’s a perky robin decoration too). They’re all handmade with high-quality ingredients and we certainly haven’t scrimped on the booze, so it’s no wonder we sold out of everything over two weeks before Christmas last year. Don’t wait too long to pick up yours. And if you can’t make it to this Saturday’s market then you can reserve in advance at www.brettandbailey.co.uk/christmas.

By the slice we’ll have our ‘White Christmas’ cake with cranberries and Cointreau; gingerbread latte; Bucks Fizz; chocolate Guinness; chestnut cheesecake; chocolate and clementine cake; lemon and rosemary drizzle; and plenty of pecan-studded brownies, peanut butter bars, and white chocolate and cranberry cookies with home-candied clementine peel.

There’ll also be sticky buns, cardamom knots, and the return of our stollen swirls – these individual stollen buns packed with plump fruit and oozing with marzipan were named London’s best stollen by About Time Magazine a couple of years ago, so come along and find out why.

We’ll also have lots of pots of our glorious handmade preserves, which make ideal stocking fillers – choose from white peach and prosecco (we’re down to our last few of these), strawberry and tarragon, plum and rose, pear and ginger (a must with your Christmas cheeseboard), apricot and vanilla, blueberry and bourbon, cherry and amaretto, and our Great Taste Award-winning marmalade.

Need a whole cake next weekend? Order online by Tuesday night and we’ll have your cake ready to collect from Saturday’s market. See you soon!”

Pastries – Levain Bakery Pastries, Portuguese custard tarts, doughnuts.

PastriesBread Bread Top-notch wood-fired sourdough bread and pastries, made in Brixton.


Storecupboard refills – The Store Cupboard  Anna says “It’s finally happening! Coffee beans (whole or ground) available at the Store Cupboard. Bring your own favourite coffee container and we fill it up by weight. 

We are so excited and proud to bring a carefully selected coffee bean to the Store Cupboard that ticks all the right boxes: Organically and sustainably grown by a small farm in Honduras. Roasted in collaboration with The Tate Roastery (Tate Modern Gallery), who is supporting women in the coffee industry and gender equality. Supplied and roasted by local business, “The Coffee Man” Neil from @bd_chocolate – we get it from him freshly roasted. We have a grinder and the roast is appropriate for all brewing methods. Let us know how you enjoy your coffee and we grind it for you. We’re looking forward to hear what you think.

You can pay by card or cash. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.  We are also open on Wednesdays from 2-7pm and Sundays 11am-4pm.”

Cheese & charcuterie – Capo Caccia  Away this week – back next week.

Fresh pasta Pasta di Grazia  Full range of handmade Italian pastas and sauces.

Smokery – London Smoke & Cure Ross says “We’re getting super excited down at Christmas Smoke and Cure (!) and we’re properly primed to bring you nothing but the finest charcuterie, salmon and cheese for all your feasting needs.

First important announcement, we’ve moved location just a little bit and are can now be found on just the other side of those splendid cake magicians Brett and Bailey.

And second important announcement – Christmas is definitely coming and if you visited us at the final market last year you’ll recall it was a road block. So here’s your chance to beat the queues by putting in your pre-orders over the next two weeks so you can just collect and feel smug. If you remember just two words today let it be ‘PRE’ and ‘ORDER’, they’ll stand by you loyally.

So on to this week we’ve got some real crackers. First up we have London’s largest ‘tomahawk’ bacon rashers (they’re as long as your arm you know!). We’ve got some really exciting smoked fudge and biltong, plus brand new truffle honey which have been partnered specially to pair with our ash rolled goat cheeses. Very decadent and exceptionally WOW.

And products as standard – South England’s freshest smoked salmon, free range smoked bacon, superd English, Irish and French cheeses,. Ooh ooh, and there’s a sale box with loads of goodies to shift to make way for new Christmas product. Bargains to be found!”

Bread – Levain Bakery  All breads are sourdoughs and are made using their own sourdough starter, a labour of love which they have kept going since they first started the bakery.  Find Kuba on the bread stall in the courtyard.

Bakery & pastries –  Bread Bread   Top-notch wood-fired sourdough bread and pastries, made in Brixton.


Natural wines – Wine Scouts   Organic and biodynamic wines from around the globe.  Samples always offered by Pedro, who is a font of wine knowledge.

Pedro says “Hello! From this Saturday until Christmas we are going to open more complex, serious (well, they are still fun!) wines. Tomorrow we will show the beautiful Guiry Sangiovese Rubicone from Emilia Romagna in Italy: on the nose and palate, aromas of roses, as well as fruity essences of raspberry, blackberry and black cherry, on a spicy background. In the mouth it is velvety and moderately fresh. This biodinamic wine is as Burgundian as a Sangiovese can be!
And we will also open one of our end-of-year classics, the luscious Jour de Fruit Ancienne Cure from Monbazillac in France: a wonderfully rich sweet wine made from low yields of late-harvested, botrytised, Semillon (90%) and Muscadelle (10%). Deep gold, honeyed, fat with peachy botrytis tones, gingerbread, hazelnuts, fresh mint and eucalyptus on the palate. Yum!”

Produce this week

Vegetables, fruit & herbs – Brambletye Fruit FarmBrockmans & Wild Country Organics  All organic or biodynamic.  Check out this blog about Brambletye.

Meat –  Gill Wing Farm Full range of sustainably farmed meats from East Sussex.  Meet the farmer and butcher Andrew on the stall. Check out this blog about Gill Wing Farm.

Fish – Veasey’s  Full slab from their own boats and others.  To order, email info@veaseyandsons.co.uk or phone on 01342 822906.  Check out this blog about Veasey’s.

Butter & other dairy – Hook & Son Organic dairy from farmer Steve’s closed herd on the Pevensey Levels.


Eco products & refills – Roots & Cycles  Eco products and refill washing liquids, shampoo, castille soap and more.  Becks says “We now have essential oils for refill. Bring your bottles, we’ve got the labels 🙂.”  Also open Wednesday & Thursday (2-7pm) and Sunday (11am-4pm).  

Collectables market – our neighbour market Haynes Lane Market, a treasure trove of collectables.  Click here for a little peek inside.
Cafe – our friends at Antenna Cafe.

Other stuff

News From Crystal Palacewe love this local news page from our friend, journalist Jerry Green.

Save Central Hill Community – support our neighbours & find out more about the proposed demolition of the estate, and how it would everyone in the area.

Our neighbours – Antenna Studios  Music, dance, performances, practice, recording & more. Also loads of great classes and the best coffee in the Palace.

We are proud to be part of Crystal Palace Transition Town.  Wondering who we arewhat we do, or how you could get involved? Our blog section is a great place to start or this talk given by Joe Duggan, one of the co-chairs.

Follow us on twitter @CPFoodMarket or join us on Facebook.

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