Lockdown Lunch 2.0: The festive sandwich challenge

Here at Cowcross Yards, like everyone, we’re having to adapt to ever evolving circumstances. Whilst our weekly street food market is temporarily closed, we want to keep the magic of lunchtime alive with your help…INTRODUCING: #LockdownLunch2.0 😍⚠️

Following the success of the first Lockdown Lunch challenge we thought it was only right to get your creative juices flowing again, this time with an epic festive twist. We’re challenging you to create the ultimate Christmas sandwich with only 4 ingredients, excluding the bread of your choice. Will you pick pigs in blankets or parsnips to fill your sarnie? Or opt for a unique, less traditional combination? 🥪

We want to know who can create the most elaborate concoction, good enough to rival the high street’s festive sandwich offering!⠀

The challenge closes on December 2nd – so get your entries in before then. Each week we will share our favourite sandwich submissions on the Cowcross Yards Instagram page before announcing the winning entrant, who will receive a massive shout-out and have their creation declared as the winner. ⠀

To enter, all you have to do is:⠀

1. Follow @cowcrossyards on Instagram⠀

2. Create your #LockdownLunch2.0 Christmas Sandwich – using only 4 ingredients, not including the bread of your choice – that’s the challenge!⠀

3. Post your photo or video on Instagram and tag @cowcrossyards and use the hashtag #LockdownLunch2.0⠀

Good luck! 🎄🥳

Cowcross Yards reopening 10 September 2020 – we have missed you!

Foodies rejoice – Cowcross Yards is back and serving up feasts from around the globe! We have been doing our best to keep food lovers entertained during lockdown and now we are delighted to be reopening.

We want to welcome everyone back safely and in compliance with new government regulations due to Covid-19, so all you have to do is enjoy your lunchtime pit stop.

Cowcross Yards market which is run by our partners Urban Food Fest reopens on Thursday 10 September from 11:30am to 2pm and will be open every Thursday throughout September.

To enjoy your visit responsibly, Urban Food Fest have asked if all visitors could observe the following guidelines:

  1. We have floor vinyls to help people maintain social distancing. Please try to respect the 2 metre social distancing at all times
  2. All food vendors will have PPE
  3. We encourage visitors to please pay with cards
  4. To maintain social distancing and avoid congestion, we have removed communal seating from the Yards.
  5. The dedicated site team managed by Urban Food Fest are on hand to help manage the flow, keep visitors a safe distance apart and answer any questions. Please ensure that entrances, exits and passageways need to be kept clear
  6. And finally we ask our visitors for the safety of everyone using the market don’t congregate in large groups

Take a trip of a lifetime with #CowcrossYardsWorldFoodTrail

At Cowcross Yards we have a varied offering of delicious global cuisines, and this July we want to take Cowcross connoisseurs on a culinary holiday to tantalise your travel taste buds. While many of us may not be able to travel abroad for a summer holiday this year, why not eat like we’re on one?!

To bring you a taste of summer, we are partnering with 6 exceptional foodie influencers who will create their favourite world cuisine dishes, inspired by their travels across the globe. Keep an eye out for Q&As with our guest influencers to learn about the travels that inspired their dishes and why their dish brings back that holiday feeling.

Each week we’ll transport you to a different part of the world, honing in on the flavours, smells and cuisines of that much loved location, expertly told by our very special foodie friends.

Follow the @cowcrossyards Instagram and look for the #cowcrossyardsworldfoodtrail hashtag for a little taste of holiday cuisine.

Take the #LockdownLunch challenge: Get your lunch judged by top London foodie KS Ate Here

We have teamed up with KS Ate Here and Urban Food Fest to inspire your lunchtimes while on lockdown. It appears the nation’s foodies have become more creative on lockdown – sales of cocktail ingredients have soared as people recreate ‘happy hour’ at home and cooks have been more creative in the kitchen as they try to use up all their ingredients in the cupboard.

In order to keep us inspired and our taste buds satisfied, Cowcross Yards is launching a competition to find who can make the most delicious and creative lunch dish at home. Those who enter are in with a chance of winning a free foodie experience day at Cowcross Yards when it reopens later this year.

Are you up to the #LockdownLunch challenge?

  1. Follow @CowcrossYards in Instagram
  2. Create your lockdown lunch dish – using only 4 ingredients and made in less than 14 minutes – that’s the challenge!
  3. To enter, post your photo or video on Instagram and tag @CowcrossYards and use the hashtag #LockdownLunch

The competition closes on June 14 – so get your entries in before then. The winner lunch will be judged by KS Ate Here and street food connoisseurs Urban Food Fest and will win a free foodie experience at Cowcross Yards when it reopens this year. Street food vendors like Sweet Doris, Two Foodies and Over the Counter will also be creating their lockdown lunches to get you inspired.

Cowcross Yards’ weekly food market is currently closed details of the re-opening will be announced in the coming months. Follow @CowcrossYards on Instagram to stay up to date with news of our reopening dates and other exciting foodie news and competitions.

Show Us Ya Buns challenge

Cowcross Yards and Urban Food Fest have decided to temporarily close the weekly street food market and our events, which includes YUM: Hot cross @ Cowcross Yards that was set to take place on 2 April.

As we are now working from home, we want to bring the YUM to you. This Easter, we are celebrating Britain’s best-loved baked treat, the hot cross bun and we are setting Londoners the challenge to ‘Show Us Ya Buns.’

We are calling all budding bakers to put on their chef’s hat and cook up a storm. Any keen bakers wanting to take part can share their weird and wonderful recipes, or can even bake their own twist on classic hot cross buns and share their goodies with us by tagging @cowcrossyards on Instagram or Facebook, using #CowcrossShowUsYaBuns.

To take part in the #CowcrossShowUsYaBuns challenge:

  • Take the Cowcross Yards special recipe – visit here for the recipe
  • Add your twist – either create an unusual recipe or go the extra mile and actually bake a bun using the ingredients that you already have in your cupboards – sugared almonds, popping candy, hot fudge, peanut butter, candy floss, whatever you like!
  • Share your images/recipes on Instagram or Facebook tagging @cowcrossyards with the hashtag #CowcrossShowUsYaBuns
  • Points go to those buns that are mouth-watering yet extraordinary flavours, or fun presentations! Go on and show us ya buns!

* Each week Cowcross Yards will pick their favourite bun(s) and re-share them on Instagram and Facebook. The challenge is live now and closes on Easter Sunday.

Hot Cross

This April, we are celebrating Britain’s best-loved baked treat, the hot cross bun, with the launch of six exclusive brand-new takes on the traditional Easter delight. We’ve teamed up with Urban Food Fest and baker, Sweet Doris, to create these weird and wonderful buns. Lovers of hot cross buns will be able to choose from mouth-watering, extraordinary flavours, for free!
Visitors can expect unusual twists on the classic bun at the special YUM @ Cowcross Yards pop-up – ‘Hot Cross @ Cowcross Yards’ – on Thursday 2nd April, from 11am-2.30pm.
The delectable delights include:
– Sozzled: A lemon gin infused hot cross bun
– Checkers: An activated charcoal hot cross bun
– Cinapple Cross-nut: An apple and cinnamon ‘cross-nut’
– Popping Mad: A surprise and delight popping candy bun
– Love It or Hate It: A marmite hot cross bun
– Savoury Sensation: A savoury cheese and onion hot cross bun
*Entrance to YUM @ Cowcross Yards is completely free. The hot cross buns are free, one per person, and first come first served. Food from the vendors starts from £4.

Puds and Trees market

As part of its second ‘YUM @ Cowcross Yards’ – Puds and Trees Market – Cowcross Yards is offering three days of festive food and drink, as well as London’s first ever ‘Christmas Pudding Tree’.
Kicking off on Wednesday 11th December, the Puds and Trees Market will be open between 4.30pm-7.30pm, inviting the capital’s foodies to meander through the twinkling lights of its newly-installed urban forest and seek out a sumptuous dish from one of the many resident food vendors organised by Urban Food Fest. Visitors will get the chance to gaze at the jaw-dropping ‘Christmas Pudding Tree’ centerpiece of the market before picking their own free pudding from the tree. What’s more, foodies should prepare for the surprise from the pudding itself – what flavour will they get? Traditional recipe or modern twist?
On Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December, the Puds and Trees Market will continue with daytime dishes between 11am-2.30pm. Guests can expect delicious festive treats as they immerse themselves in Christmas with a sanctuary of seasonal flavours, tastes and smells.
*Entrance to YUM @ Cowcross Yards is completely free. Food from the vendors starts from £4. The free puddings from the tree are one per person, whilst stocks last.

The Feast of Fall

‘The Feast of Fall’, a celebration of seasonality – will take place on Thursday 7 November 2019. Tantalising the senses, the fully edible garden will be set up as a mini harvest allotment, a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Guests to the free event will be served chocolate soil and other sweet treats disguised as seasonal produce, served in a terracotta pot by a gardener. ‘The Feast of Fall’ will be open from 12pm until 4pm.
Here is exactly what will be on offer (on a first come first served basis):

The Mushroom Flower Pot

Chocolate Mousse ‘earth’, dark chocolate ‘soil’, nibbled peanut and almond. Served in a flower pot, served with a wooden spoon.

Spiced Pumpkin Panna Cotta

Buttermilk, nutmeg and cinnamon Panna Cotta served in a seasonal hollowed out Harlequin Pumpkin.
*Entrance to YUM @ Cowcross Yards is completely free. Food from the vendors starts from £4. The edible garden portions are one per person whilst stocks last.