Street food party to raise money for the homeless

Pic: Ben Norum

Pic: Ben Norum

An all-day event in Hackney celebrating food from different cultures will help to raise money for the homeless.

Spring Up for Hackney Homeless, on March 28 at St Johns Church, will have a range of different street food stalls alongside crafts and games for adults and children, with all proceeds going to the Big Issue Foundation.

The Big Issue Foundation provides homeless people with the opportunity to earn an income through selling The Big Issue magazine.

Organised by Ben Norum, food and drink editor at the Londonist, he explained that homelessness has always been a cause “close to his heart.”

Norum, said: “This event can be seen to both celebrate the good work done, but also raise funds towards the ongoing fight against homelessness which is nowhere near over.”

Stephen Robertson, chief executive of the Big Issue Foundation, said: “In the Big Issue, we give people who are homeless one of the opportunities they do not have being in that position, which is to start their own businesses.” Robertson said the money raised from The Hackney Homeless party “will be spent within the Big Issue Foundation to support outworking and reaching out magazine vendors on the streets in London.” A supperclub run by Dhaba Lane, a catering company specialising in Indian cuisine, will offer an Indian take on afternoon tea at the event, as a three-course meal.

Arti Bareja, a founder of Dhaba Lane, said: “We approached the organiser on Twitter to take part in this as it is for a good cause.”

According to Bareja, food will include Indian sandwiches, puri bread and gajjar halwa with saffron, a take on traditional carrot cake.

During the day, a range of traders will be present such as Kusina Nova offering Filipino food, Hola Guacamole selling Mexican food and craft beer from Clouded Minds Brewery.

The event runs from 10am to 6pm, with no entry fee. The supperclub will start at 4pm, at £30 a ticket.

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