falafels

Roll up, Roll up! Young Trader’s take over SBM!

Roll up, Roll up! Young Trader’s take over SBM!

8 local students sold their hearts out at their very own market stall, and taught us all a thing or two in the process!

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If you follow us on social media you may have heard that we were holding our first ever Young Trader Competition. Partnered with Greenside Primary School as part of their ‘Specialist Programme’, we gave 8 bright and bubbly students the chance to experience what it’s like to be a market trader.

Provided with a table and stock donated by our existing traders, our young protege’s went out for the morning and showed us all they truly had the ‘gift of the gab’! Each and every one of these students exceeded the expectations of management, customers and traders alike, throwing out some great one liners and teaching us all a thing or two about market banter! Having made themselves a pretty penny (and they earned every bit!) let’s recap on how the day went down…

A crash course in trading

A crash course in trading

First our traders were given a crash course in the art of market trade. Led by the market manager (and with a little help from YouTube) they learnt all about the ‘art of the pitch’.

Setting up shop!

Setting up shop!

Supplied with a variety of produce and fresh fruit and veg, we asked our young traders to set up their stall how they thought best.

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The group was then split into two teams of 4. We had been told that our young traders had been watching The Apprentice in order to prepare for the day, so, in true form of the TV show a team leader was picked and a friendly competition was introduced. All went swimmingly until it came to the ‘board room’ where we all learnt we didn’t have the cut throat nature to axe any one from the teams, so…

… on to group trading it was! Our students sure weren’t shy when it came to pulling in the customers and making a sale. Drawing them in with infectious energy passers by had no choice but to purchase something! With some great one liners like ‘ A little spice to funk up your rice’ and ‘How about a banana to turn that frown upside down’ watch some of the highlights below;

 

After a great morning, the students had a tour around the market. They met some of the owners of our longest standing businesses and learnt about our history from the people who have been a part of it. Sure not to leave these loveable scamps empty handed, our traders were handing out drinks, sweets and even falafel’s to show our appreciation for them coming by and joining the market. Fingers crossed we’ll be able to get this amazing bunch back for a Christmas event too!

A huge thanks to Greenside Primary School and their lovely students for coming by, you made our day!

If you are a local school/community group that would like to work with us, please contact shaherazadfayyaz@wellingtonmarkets.co.uk

We’re Open For Business This August Bank Holiday!

We’re Open For Business This August Bank Holiday!

Notting Hill Carnival not quite your thing? Well, we’ll be open for business on the August Bank Holiday!

There’s no better way to spend a lazy day off than moseying around one of London’s markets, so whether you’re looking for some fresh food or fancy picking up some treasures for your home, we’ve got all you could need right here! So pop by and pay our friendly traders a visit, you’re sure to get a laugh along with your purchase!

We’ll be open from 9am – 6pm Monday 29th August.

We are located between both Goldhawk Road and Shepherd’s Bush Market Underground Station.

The ‘F’ Word of Shepherd’s Bush – Falafels

The ‘F’ Word of Shepherd’s Bush – Falafels

We’re talking about our FALAFEL’S of course!

For those of you that don’t know what falafels are; they’re traditionally deep-fried chickpeas that have been rolled into balls infused with a variety of spices. This variety of spices, which can be mixed into an endless number of combinations, makes each falafel place unique in its own right!

Who are the entrants you ask?

Café 2000: At the Uxbridge Road end of the market. Literally. Imad Eldin Birir is the first trader on the left hand side of the market. Proud of his Egyptian and Sudanese style falafels, he lets his food do all the talking for him. Although he won’t shy away from a lively conversation with his customers. [Thumbnail image]

Grill Master: Run by the son of one of pioneers who brought falafels to the mainstream crowd. This traditionally Middle Eastern dish and its related lingo (think: tahini, hummus, and so on) soon became as familiar to hear (and order!) as Biryani and Frappuccino – largely thanks to this family. [thumbnail image]

The Falafel Hut: Run by the animated and friendly George. He can be found serving up deliciously tender falafel as he quick wittedly contributes to the conversations around him. Many customers choose to sit down and eat-in whilst talking to him – as his banter is almost as good as his food. [thumbnail image]

Who are the judges?

Our first judge was Sarah (@littlespice_uk) from the new herb and spice centred company: Little Spice (www.little-spice.co.uk). It would be hard to find anyone who knows more about spices than Little Spice’s Sarah.

Our second judge was Ninette (@NinetteOseiWil) from N.O.W. (www.foodgloriousfoodnow.wordpress.com). She regularly blogs about eateries and reviews them for her website and guest writes on other too! A true foodie, she knows what she’s talking about when she’s discussing a good meal. [thumbnail image]

The Results

Once we’d laid out all the food in front of them we gave them a scoresheet. They judged the falafels on taste, consistency and presentation with an option to write notes for each entrant.

After much deliberation they decided that Café 2000’s falafels had won, and was Falafel Spot of June 2015!

They noted that The Falafel Hut is great for the family as it’s full of flavour but not too spicy. Whilst The Grill Master’s option had incredible tahini and deliciously soft wrap – but they could only judge the falafel and not the extras. Still, there are no losers here since all were dubbed mouth-wateringly delicious. Why not come down, try them all and decide for yourself?