After missing out on the Harringay Festival in 2009, we were determined not to miss it this year.
Now renamed the 'Harringay Food Festival' it covers the area between the Salisbury pub and the railway bridge by the station and the whole road was blocked for traffic. Two stages had been set up on each end for live bands and entertainers, some on stilts, mingled in the crowd.
We got there, what we regarded as, rather early, about 1pm and the whole street was already packed with people, many sampling the cuisine offered by the food stalls lining the road. Of course there were turkish and greek delicacies on offer, but also caribbean and african and british food was on offer, all freshly prepared alfresco.
The weather was just perfect. The forecast the day before had been cautious at least and we were expecting the whole day to be washed out. As it turned out the summer made a short but timely re-appearance and enhanced the already good atmosphere. There was a bit of rain in the later afternoon but it didn't not spoil the overall success of the event.
Eventually we spent most of the afternoon sitting in the Old Ale Emporium, watching the crowd go past and Spurs on the telly, while a 'experimental' rock band provided the soundtrack on a stage on Burgoyne Road. Spurs won. Harringay won too.A mile of food stalls, bands, balloons and jolly locals enjoying the sunshine.
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