Meet Michelin star chefs, see live demonstrations and sample food from London's top restaurants at the Foodies Festival, taking place at Marble Hill House and Kenwood House in May, on Clapham Common in June and encompassing FEAST at Battersea Park (15th to 17th August 2014). Cooking is made to look easy thanks to demos from top chefs and if the mere thought of all that makes you hungry then you can head to the restaurant tents where you can sample signature dishes from well known restaurants. Wash it all down with posh fizz from Veuve Clicquot and you can guarantee an atmosphere of bon viveur. Around 25,000 people are expected to attend which just goes to show the popularity of London's restaurants. Much like the 'Taste of London', these 'Foodies' events - which also take place in Bristol, Oxford and Edinburgh (coinciding with the Festival) - offer a winning combination of sampling, slurping and learning, all in the open air. A foodie's treat. The festival will take place at Marble Hill House and Kenwood House in May, on Clapham Common in June and includes FEAST at Battersea Park from 15th to 17th August 2014.
London Food Festivals
London Foodies Festival
Two festivals that provide the chance to sample seasonal food and meet Michelin-starred chefs.
Independent beer producers, street food, bands and DJs.
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QL
Tube: Aldgate East Station
Dates: 19th - 22nd February 2015
Craft Beer Rising is a new festival dedicated to the increasing interest and innovative in beer industry in the UK. The unique event brings together over 40 top breweries, some of London's finest street food and music to dance to headed by Norman Jay MBE. Breweries confirmed so far include: Bath Ales, St Austell and London's very own Meantime, whose brewery at Blackwall Lane in Greenwich is regularly open for tours. There's a variety of other attractions throughout the festival at The Old Truman Brewery. Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham bring a new version of their 'Thinking Drinker' show, previously seen at the Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre. And Heriott-Watt University, a renowned centre for brewing and distilling, will teach you all you need to know about creating craft at their Beer Lab. The Friday morning session, from 11am to 6pm, is free and for trade only.
A celebration of chocolate with wine tasting and demonstrations.
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH
Tube: Angel Station
Dates: 11th - 13th April 2014
Just in time to stock up for Easter, The Chocolate Festival returns to Southbank Centre with plenty more chocolatiers and artisan delights to tickle your taste buds. This event will feature stands from award winning chocolatiers such as William Curley, Damian Allsop, Paul Wayne Gregory and Co-Couture, plus the attendance of renowned and new chocolate companies. Demonstrations, tastings and talks will take place in the main marquee, where attendees can learn about the health benefits of chocolate, how to include chocolate in savoury dishes as well as tutored tastings. As always, there will be dozens of stalls all showcasing chocolate and chocolate products, such as hot chocolate, chocolate cakes, crepes, churros, a chocolate fountain, self-making kits and much more. If you are a chocoholic, or you know someone who is, then you simply cannot afford to miss this event.
London Coffee Festival
Three-day event that embraces London's vibrant coffee scene.
The London Coffee Festival returns once again and embraces the fact that the capital is gaining respect as a great place to uncover, experience and indulge in artisan coffee. The festival launched in 2011 and enticed 7,500 coffee enthusiasts, food lovers and professional baristas to enjoy three days of coffee-fuelled activities. The festival is divided into themed zones - London landmarks Hyde Park, Soho and Shoreditch among them - where visitors can interweave between a number of tastings, demonstrations and entertainment. Features include a Tea Garden, Chocolate Factory, Street Food, Artisan Markets and the Roastery.
This vast outdoor food celebrates its 10th year in 2013.
Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR
Tube: Regent's Park Station
Dates: 18th - 22nd June 2014
Direct your rumbling stomach to Regent's Park for four days of al fresco gluttony as over forty of London's best restaurants, including a flurry of Michelin stars, show off their culinary handiwork. Work your way through a range of miniature speciality dishes - bought with the event's currency, 'crowns' - hot off the plates from upmarket places like Scott's, L'Anima, Petrus, Launceston Place, Benares, Bocca Di Lupo and Barbecoa - to name but a bunch. Top chefs such as Michel Roux Jr, Jamie Oliver, Nuno Mendes, Raymond Blanc and Gary Rhodes will also be doing the rounds, while the civilised sounds of live jazz and opera will fill the air and aid digestion at this gourmet grazing picnic extraordinaire.
A city-wide celebration of eating out.
Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN
Tube: North Greenwich Station
Dates: 08th - 27th October 2014
The London Restaurant Festival is a celebratory and all-encompassing food affair, showcasing a huge variety of events at venues across the capital. The annual festival takes place during October and incorporates over 800 different restaurants from around the capital. The Gourmet Odyssey is a hugely popular feature so we can only hope it?s returning for 2013, taking diners to three top restaurants to sample a different course at each. Last year we had a Gastropub Quiz, which took place in 5 pubs across London simultaneously, a Tapas Tour of our favourite tapas bars - Fernandez and Wells, Brindisa Soho, Iberica, Pix and Copita included - and a mix of street food, music and poetry with Street ThEATre at The Old Vic Tunnels. While details of this year?s event are still being finalised, the festival can be relied on to include some of London?s finest foodies. Last year?s line up included Mark Hix, sushi and sake masterclasses, and a three course menu curated by Tom Parker-Bowles, inspired by his favourite food film.
Some of the BBC's best foodie programmes are brought to life on stage.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
Dates: 14th - 16th November 2014
Bringing a host of TV programmes to life including the Great British Bake Off, Saturday Kitchen and MasterChef: The Professionals, the BBC Good Food Show arrives at Olympia for three days this November. Plus, there's local and seasonal produce in the Producers' Village, handpicked selection of London's best eateries in the Restaurant Experience, MasterChef Skills Pod featuring finalists from this year's TV Show and our Drinks Tasting Theatre & Fine Wine Experience.
An all star line-up gives Christmas a gourmet makeover.
Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Tower Hamlets, London, E1W 2SF
Dates: 20th - 23rd November 2014
More than 30,000 visitors typically enjoy the foodie event presented as "the perfect place for passionate foodies to get inspiration and enjoy a festive gastronomic heaven." At 'Taste of Christmas' the kings and queens of cookery share their top tips for making the festive season a culinary triumph. As well as the opportunity to take part in live cooking demonstrations you can give your Christmas a gourmet makeover and shop for top seasonal ingredients to inject some inspirational spark into your family's tried and tested festive classics. A multitude of food stalls from top London restaurants, tastings and food demonstrations add to the festive cheer.
John Torode, Lisa Faulkner, and Gennaro Contaldo take part in the BBC Good Food Festival.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU
Tube: Richmond Station
Dates: 23rd - 25th August 2014
Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the BBC Good Food Festival comes to Hampton Court Palace for the first time giving visitors a great selection of food to sample and expert tips from well known cooks and chefs including John Torode, Lisa Faulkner, and Gennaro Contaldo, the Italian legend who taught Jamie Oliver all about Italian cooking - he's currently involved in the Jamie's Italian chain of restaurants. In addition to appearances from The Chiappa Sisters, a pop up restaurant and bar run by The Bingham, family entertainment in the form of The Kids Cookery School, and live music from The Polka Dots, the Royal Palaces's food historians will be preparing Georgian recipes in the Palace's historic kitchens, as part of Hampton Court's Glorious Georges season.
The chocolate festival returns for with a special festive serving.
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, South Bank, London, N1 0QH
Tube: Angel Station
Dates: 12th - 14th December 2014
Just in time to stock up on goodies for Christmas, The Chocolate Festival returns to Business Design Centre with an array of chocolatiers and artisan delights to tickle your taste buds. Enrol on truffle making workshops run by master chocolatier Paul A. Young whose famous chocolaterie is located nearby in Islington's Camden Passage. Find out more about the sweet indulgent treat in fun and sensorial chocolate talks and tastings, sample raw chocolate and learn about chocolate's many surprising health benefits, and listen to live music while sipping on a chocolate cocktail. You can also buy tempting Christmas gifts from the likes of L'Artisan du Chocolat, The Chocolatier, Hotel Chocolat, Rococo Chocolates and Choco Passion in the market place which brings together all these premium brands under one roof. If you are a chocoholic then this is the sweetest event in the city.
3rd March 2015
IN THIS ARTICLE
London Foodies Festival
London Craft Beer Festival
The London Chocolate Festival
London Coffee Festival
Taste of London
London Restaurant Festival
BBC Good Food Show
Taste of Christmas
BBC Good Food Festival
The Chocolate Festival
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