Last Thursday we had our first proper, official, super shiny fdbloggers meet. As many of you may know, the fdbloggers community began around a year and a half ago through Twitter. It’s such a lovely community of people have now become more like friends than Twitter accounts on the internet.
So, we did what food bloggers do best. Talked a lot, about food. Took a lot of pictures, of food. And of course, ate a lot of food. What better place to do this but Camden’s Summer Night Market. It was time to see what gluten free options they had to offer.
Every Thursday throughout summer, Camden Market opens its doors to a fabulous array of food stalls in the centre of the East and West Yard. As soon as we arrived, of course I was eager to scout out the gluten free options. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t holding out hope, but boy was I proved wrong.
First it was exceptional G&T from Half Hitch – when I say exceptional, I mean exceptional. I’m not much of a gin drinker, but this was something different. Distilled with Malawian Black Tea & Calabrian Bergamot within The Vaults of Camden Lock itself, Half Hitch has a different kind of quality than gin I’ve tried before. Granted, I probably was buying the wrong gin, but this was definitely a great start to the evening. *Hick*
After a group pic and lots of chatter, we headed round the stalls to decide what exactly we were going to have. From falafels, to burgers, pizza, wraps, mac & cheese, quinoa pancakes and sweet treats, there was something for everyone. Being gluten free, this was the test.
Not only was I blown away by gluten free options, but even surprised to see lots of vegan options available too. So many of the stalls not only had gluten free alternatives, but were NATURALLY gluten free!
After chattering to lots of the stall owners, I’ve put together some of the gluten free options available, including the very difficult choice of what I was going to opt for (after stuffing my face full of samples).
- Feed Me Primal – gluten free and paleo
This sign made my heart skip a beat. No word of a lie. For anyone that’s gluten free, this was like a beaming light shining down with an choir of angels singing hallelujah. A wrap. A wrap?! That’s gluten free? Pretty much unheard of. Asking some more questions, the chef explained these wraps were instead made from tapicoa flour, freshly made on a hot grill, before being stuffed with all kinds of veggies and meat. Samples were also available to try, but I knew as soon as I’d had that first bite, this would be where I’d be returning for dinner.
I went for the pulled chicken, filled with spinach, roasted peppers, onions and cheese, nestled inside the tapicoa wrap. Not only were these gluten free, but also paleo.
Check out their website here.
- Circus Bros
Delicious traditional Spanish omelettes filled with a variety of meats, cheese and veggies. Gluten free without the bread. Find them on Facebook here.
- Cupcakes and Shhht
Raw, vegan and gluten free, choose between sweet brownies, crumble, chocolates and peanut butter brittle. Heavenly. And just what you need after a savory dinner.
Find them on Facebook here.
- Falafel Time
Naturally gluten free and vegan, these falafels were delicious. I was offered a fair few samples whilst making my way around the market and was really impressed by the texture. Not too dry, unlike most falafels I’ve tried in the past.
Follow them on Twitter here.
After tucking into samples from pretty much every stall, it was time for a few more drinks. Ala even managed to find her own Falafel stall!
We ended the evening with cocktails from the market bar (beer, cider and wine also available), followed by paella and prosecco. Not bad for a Thursday night!
A big thanks to Camden Night Market and Half Hitch for hosting us for the evening. Camden’s Summer Night Markets run every Thursday 6pm-10pm until the 3rd September. Find out more here.