Deptford Bites Live: Grace Dent to Launch New Food Market in SE8

Grace Dent, critic, author and broadcaster, has joined forces with food-event guru Kate McKenzie to present Deptford Bites Live in April, a day-long event to celebrate the area’s burgeoning status as a foodie hotspot and the launch of the new weekly market, Deptford Bites

Deptford has been building a reputation as one of London’s foodie hotspots, with a focus on places like Marcella, Deptford Esquire, Little Nan’s, Mama’s Jerk and The Full Nelson. Deptford Bites has been founded to showcase this, bringing together some of London’s best produce and street food traders, as well as a selection of craft stalls showcasing south east London’s top designer-makers and live music.

The new market will launch on Saturday 7 April 2018 with Deptford Bites Live, where revered food critic Grace Dent will curate and host a series of talks picking apart Deptford’s new status as ‘up and coming’, identifying the names to watch, the dishes and drinks to try and also to establish why Deptford, why now?

Will Deptford ever be the same again?

Enjoy free talks by the likes of Adrian Luckie from Mama’s Jerk and Saima Arshad from Deptford Esquire, chaired by Chris Waywell, Associate Editor of Time Out. The talk, titled We Come in Peace – anchoring the past, will discuss the ups, downs and realities of regeneration, the local food scene, the new demographic and whether Deptford will ever be the same again.

Another talk – Deptford Ditches Dairy? focuses on the area’s growing vegan scene. Is Deptford ready for a dairy-free, seitan-heavy, tofu-loving future? Vegan and non-vegan foodies, chefs and restauranteurs including vegan ambassador Jay Brave will gather to chat about whether Deptford is ready to go the same way as Hackney – submerged with seitan – or is veganism just another foodie fad?

Is Deptford ready to go the same way as Hackney – submerged with seitan – or is veganism just another foodie fad?

A new chapter. Who’s story is this anyway?, is another great talk, this time featuring Grace Dent, Zoe Adjonyoh and MiMi Aye, who will discuss how, at the highest levels of food and restaurant influence, the power is still mainly in the hands of a very narrow group of people. This will be a lively chat by people who have broken barriers about changing the face of food.

Dent and McKenzie, who create hyper-relevant food events, met when they curated and ran the Evening Standard’s London Food Month in June 2017. They are united by a passion for changing the way we talk and think about the British food scene, nurturing diversity and turning the spotlight on raw talent.

‘Working with Kate is endlessly inspiring,’ says Grace. ‘We both love finding and honouring new food talent and trying to re-set the agenda. I’m so excited about Deptford Bites Live as well as all the other forthcoming projects we’re working on in 2018.’

Deptford Bites Live takes place on Saturday 7 April from 10am-4pm at Deptford Market Yard SE8 4BX. For tickets see