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Summer in the Cronx
 
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"so Croydon is usually more Stormzy than Shakespeare but this summer we'll be transported to the streets of fair Verona for a production of his most famous play, Romeo and Juliet."


Craft markets, pop-up mini golf, urban beaches and even a spot of Shakespeare, William Murray’s hometown of Croydon has pulled out the stops for summer events this year so we thought we’d share our top five picks to embrace summer CRO-style. 

Saturday 13th July - Yoga on the Roof 

Those weekend vibes will be in full flow at Boxpark this Saturday as the uplifting vinyasa yoga class from YoGlo Yoga comes to the covered rooftop deck. The one-hour class begins at 9.30am so you can start your day on a virtuous note then either continue the clean-living with delicious vegan-friendly treats from the likes of Oatopia or reward yourself with a slap-up brunch at laidback weekend hang-out The Breakfast Club.  Advanced tickets for yoga are £10 (or £13 on the door). Find more details here. 

 

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July - Pop-up Crazy Golf 

Yes you could schlep into the city for a round at Swingers, OR you could nip down to Croydon High Street between 11am and 5pm on 20 & 21 July for pop-up crazy golf. Nine holes to putt your best foot forward with friends, the kids or the work crowd. Find more details here. 

 

Saturday 27th July  - Made in Croydon Craft Market  

We love a browse round street markets full of independent sellers, so this one is a must. Find unique homeware, fashion, handmade jewellery and gifts whilst supporting your local artists, designers and craft-workers at the next Made in Croydon Craft Market. Made in Croydon is a local collective of creatives who are brought together to showcase their skills. Definitely worth a sunny Saturday browse between 10am and 5pm. Find more details here. 

 

Thursday 8th August - Shakespeare on the high street: Romeo and Juliet 

So Croydon is usually more Stormzy than Shakespeare but this summer we'll be transported to the streets of fair Verona for a production of his most famous play, Romeo and Juliet. Tickets are free for the open air, high street performance starting at 7pm so embrace your inner culture vulture and spend a balmy summer evening with a pair of star-crossed lovers. Find more details here.  

 

Saturday 24th- Monday 26th August, 10.30am-6pm  - Beach on the street  

Buckets and spades at the ready! We’ll be asking ourselves if we’re in Croydon or Croyde this August as 15 tonnes of pure clean sand are poured across the High Street to create our very own urban beach complete with striped deckchairs and ice-cream stalls. #Beachvibes all round. Find more details here. 

 
Food Tech Tuesday: A passion for plant-based
 
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"Our appetite for all things plant-based is firmly increasing. But what meat alternatives are hot on the high street? "


Plant-based is booming. This month alone, news broke of Nestlé launching the Awesome Burger in the States, renowned London steak restaurant group M opening their very own, wait for it… vegetarian restaurant, Raw, and Scotland playing host to the UK’s first ‘vegan hotel’

Research from our own social listening tool, Delve, highlighted this year’s Veganuary generated 50,305 mentions on social media. And apparently, more than one-third (34%) of British meat-eaters cut their meat consumption in the six months to July 2018 following a flexitarian approach - up from 28% in 2017[1].

Our appetite for all things plant-based is firmly increasing. 

But what plant-based alternatives are hot on the high street? In this month’s Food Tech Tuesday bog, we take a look at three of the meat-free alternatives that are creating a stir.

Quorn

William Murray client Quorn kicked off 2019 with the launch of *that* Gregg’s vegan sausage roll. Now it’s their KFC Imposter burger that’s getting us excited. Available to begin with from select KFC sites, the burger is getting rave reviews. It’s not hit Croydon or Brighton yet, but we can’t wait to try this one. 

This

New kid on the block This launched into Patty & Bun UK-wide with its Isn’t Bacon Rashers and Isn’t Chicken Goujons at the start of this month. The bacon (in Patty & Bun’s new vegan Pamela burger) was slightly questionable, but the nuggets really, really hit the spot. The UK-based start up is set to launch several products, all high in protein, vitamin B12 and iron, nationwide in Holland & Barrett and through Ocado. Keep your eyes peeled from July. 

Beyond Meat

Hot off the heels of its bleeding burger, Beyond Meat has launched a hot dog which it says tastes just like its pork equivalent. According to bosses, sunflower seeds are the key to replicating the ‘porky’ taste and texture. For the moment, it’s available at London’s Unity Diner. And if it’s the original you love, there’s good news as Byron has launched two new burgers with the patty: The Truffler and the Cali Cheese. 


[1]Mintel, Global New Products Database