Get your capes and Wiccan wands at the ready - it's the summer solstice this weekend. But forget trekking to try (and fail) to hug Stonehenge at dawn, just feast on a banquet in Hacckers instead. The Scandinavian-inspired Summer Solstice Haggerston pop-up is hosting a four-course vegan meal including a wild mushroom starter, beetroot and pearl barley salad and finishing with stewed bilberry crumble. Even better, it's all BYOB. That'll definitely help you get into spirit. Tickets are £25 from here, it takes place at the Haggerston Expresso Rooms at 13 Downham Street. Deets all here.
Give a man a curry, feed him for a day. Give him a day at a South Indian cooking workshop and he'll never need buy a beer again. Or something. Anyway, Papi's Pickles - a South Indian pop-up and street food social enterprise - are hosting a day's masterclass to teach you how to make food just as banging as your favourite South Indian restaurants. Think dishes like kurma and kitchadi, breads like uthappams and some lovely chutneys too. The event costs £65 (including a slap-up lunch and the cost goes back into other classes for the community), runs from midday to 4.30pm and tickets are available from here. The event takes place at Food For All Basement on 3 Casanove Road.
We're getting in on the pop-up action and are doing a Chomping Ground presents Club Brunch upstairs at Palm2 in Clapton today. Sort of a belated launch for the site, we thought we'd host a killer brunch with breakfast cocktails (surely the best kind of cocktails?) and give it a Sunday soundtrack of a vinyl-only set from DJs James Rand and Nadia Ksaiba. We'll be cooking up a choice of Huevos Rancheros or Brioche French Toast with bacon, bananas and pecans with a cocktail for £10. It's first come, first served with payment on the door, we kick off at 10am with last orders in the kitchen at 2pm, or whenever we've run out of food. Let's brunch! Details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sun looks like it's showing its face again, so time to get involved with what we British do best: getting leathered outdoors. Thankfully, CRATE Brewery have realised that all day drinking on an empty stomach = not a good look, so are launching their Street Food Sundays today with some excellent craft beers (obvs) and some cracking food stalls including The Rib Man and PopDogs. It runs 1pm-9pm at CRATE's home over in Queen's Yard, Hackney Wick. It's free to enter, so bring cash for booze and food. Just don't wobble too far over to the canal-side at the end.