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By the time fireworks night comes around, you’ve probably already had your fill of firecrackers going off at ungodly hours.

And, as much as it seems like a good idea to head to a display and ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ at the explosion of colours, in reality it often means standing in a muddy field for hours on end, freezing your bits off. All this in commemoration of a 1605 treason attempt that was never realised. Who can be bothered?

So instead of going through the motions, we bring you a temptation of salacious alternative offerings for Bonfire Night – and there’s not a soggy hotdog or burnt burger in sight.

Supperclub supremo Ms Marmite will be hosting an underground rave and food market on November 4.

It’s being held in an unlikely location – her two-bedroom flat and garden in Kilburn. If that doesn’t sound glamorous enough, add cocktails served on an ironing board and an array of stalls dishing up everything from mind-altering jerk chicken and cherry wine to mouthwatering puddings and smoked bacon, cheese and lemons, and it’s a different beast. “It will be the most unusual market you will ever have been to,” promises Ms Marmite, otherwise known as Kerstin Rodgers, 41, who spearheaded the supperclub movement in 2009 and has been opening the doors of her flat for dinner nights, markets and raves ever since.

“You’ll get all the atmosphere and goods of a food fair or music festival, just combined in one really lovely domestic space. It’s going to be so buzzy, no different to a party.”

Described endearingly (at least we think so) by one of her fans as a “spoiled brat on acid”, Rodgers knows a thing or two about throwing a party.

For entertainment, huddle around the bonfire while listening to eight-piece band She’koyohk Klezmer, who will be performing Eastern European Jewish, Balkan and Gypsy music. Then watch the foodie demonstrations on how
to make anything from romesco sauce to Vietnamese wraps.

If you haven’t had your fill, the following day, Ms Marmite will be hosting a farmers’ and craft market.

Another event for foodies, but this time a little more formal, is The Disappearing Dining Club, which on November 5 is hosting its monthly dinner and dance.

It will take place in an underground arts space in Shoreditch (which is kept secret until you book a ticket), and guests will enjoy cocktails, a five-course dinner and then dance until the small hours to music from DJs Chris Coco and Pete Gooding and Dirty Omar.

Owner Stuart Langley says: “We host dinner parties in spaces that are found, reclaimed, lost or unusual.

“We go into spaces that have nothing. At 8am, we build a kitchen, a bar, a restaurant and a music venue party space and lounge area. We put it all in, then people come and have a fantastic evening, then we pack everything away again the next day.

“The venues we use only exist for the 12 hours we’re there for.” So if you miss it, you really will miss out.

- Rebecca Kent

Ms Marmite’s Underground Food Rave. Fri, Nov 4. 6pm-10.30pm. £5.

The Disappearing Dining Club. Sat, Nov 5. 7pm til late. £50 incl meal


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