Anyone heard anything about it being slightly warm today? It's time for tapps aff! Well, we're not sure how exactly well that will go down at Rita's rooftop pop-up at Oval Space, but get some of their tasty fried chicken rolls and slushies down you, and you'll stop caring that everyone might be side-eyeing your pasty torso. It's summertime, FFS! Head down canalside on the Dalston Riviera from 6pm til 10pm tonight and tomorrow, free entry but bring cash for food and booze. A bit of sunscreen might not go amiss, too.
While we're in these tropical climes, Saturday is the evening to get transported to Peru, with a Ceviche / Asado/ Pisco night. They're three of our favourite things, so we're in. Los Ayacuchanos crew are taking over F Cooke's pie 'n' mash shop on Broadway Market for a five-course extravaganza including seco de cordero (lamb and coriander goulash), Anticuchos con salsa aji amarillo (grilled ox heart skewers and yellow salsa) and seabass ceviche. And not a ceviche-d eel in sight. Tickets cost £30 from here, but bring cash for the cocktails on top and it kicks off at 8pm.
An alternative to Peru chews is the slightly out-there food collective, The Fragaria Project, who are holding a dinner party launch at FARM:shop Dalston. TFP are obsessed with seasonal British produce and showcasing it by brewing, fermenting, drying, salting and the other "normal" cooking processes. Expect wondrous creations along the lines of slow-cooked salmon belly with smokey dripping emulsion and early gooseberry, lettuce with chicken and rye dressing with one-day old cheddar or strawberry with spearmint salt and raw honey. Basically, food like you've never feasted on before. Tickets cost £35 from here, it starts at 7pm at the FARM:shop on Dalston Lane.
Madder than a box of frogs is Christabel's Mad Hatter's Brunch party. We've mentioned this one before, but we're giving it a re-up as, well, have you seen the menu? Scones with white chocolate and marmalade, sausage bap with chilli tomato chutney and grainy mustard, pancakes with maple syrup and bacon, the gooooiest of chocolate brownie and a mad hatters cocktail. Yep, there's not going to be a lot of moving around after you've tucked in to that lot, so we suggest lining up a nearby sofa, stat. Tickets are a very reasonable £18 from here and it all takes place in Christabel's Regent Canal flat from midday. So what are you waiting for?