This weekend, I headed down to the first KERB at the Southbank Centre. KERB has been popping up around London for the past two years and supports independent traders by hosting pop up street food festivals across the city; Kings Cross, Canary Wharf and The Gherkin.
A rotating list of food traders, this weekend we were lucky enough to visit 27 stalls that were nestled neatly behind the Southbank Centre. Immediately The KERB Cocktail Bar caught my eye and a Rhubarb Collins could simply not be avoided; a delicious blend of fresh rhubarb and soda with a tequila base and splash of lime. An excellent choice as it was refreshing with a zesty twist, not too much of a kick for a lunchtime quaff either! The ‘Rum & Tonic’ on the other hand… definitely put hairs on my chest!
On to eats, I snacked on Anna Mae’s deeeeeliciously cheesy ‘Kanye Western’ Mac & Cheese that was an irresistible mix of macaroni, cheese, BBQ sauce and beef hotdog slices. Rather salty but super moreish and worth the £6.50 price tag!
Up next, the CrabbieShack and their divine soft shell crab burgers, £6.50 each. Pomegranate is my new best friend as it adds a sweet hint to savoury dishes and its little red segments add a flash of colour to dull dishes so that’s why my crab burger simply HAD to have be adorned with pomegranate, harissa paste and red cabbage – yum. The batter was light (very important – not too greasy either), and the crab meat was deliciously tender without tasting too fishy – a clear sign of freshness. The sweetness of the red cabbage and pomegranate together really complemented the savoury spice of the harissa paste. Another 10/10!
Now, I was planning on hitting Kooky Bakes to grab one of their infamous whoopie pies (£3) however, I was too slow on this occasion and they had all sold out! However, here is a piccie of a previous peanut butter whoopee pie that I bought from their stall at Ely’s Yard, Old Truman Brewery. The cake was light and held well together when cut in two however I felt the butter cream was quite greasy – a naughty but nice treat all the same! It was the red velvet version that really took my fancy this time though.
Fear not, if you missed it, then you can catch KERB on the Southbank on the following weekends this summer (see below). If you want to see a full list of traders, then simply head over to the KERB website
- June: 6th-8th
- July: 4th-6th
- August: 1st-3rd
- September: 5th-7th
Closest tube: Waterloo or a short walk over the river from Charing Cross (head down towards Embankment station and over the bridge)