London Summer Food Festivals

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London boasts a year-round programme of food festivals that provide a treat for all palates. However, the summer months are the ideal time to turn an outdoor space into a foodie's heaven. Read on to find out the best of what the capital is serving this summer.

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Last Days of Shoreditch Riviera

Street food, art, music and mini adventures.

Red Market, 288-299 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DP

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 25th May - 16th September 2017

 

The much-loved Last Days of Shoreditch is back for its seventh year in 2017 with three months of street food, art, music and a clue solving mini adventure experience. Events are part of the attraction and as well as 'Plumbottom's Magnificent Return' - a fun, frantic five minute pop-up which challenges teams of two to three players to help the ghost of Plumbottom - the XOYO DJs take up a Saturday daytime residency, Lucky Voice are in charge of karaoke and the Riviera even brings its own urban beach, overlooked by palm trees and decking. Look out for Artwork's Art's House pre-party, Maribou State hosting an exclusive pre-party as well as summer sessions from Stuart Patterson, Phil Mison and The Dr Orders. Food comes courtesy of Nanny Bills serving burgers and croquettes as well as Belli Freschi, a new veggie pop up from local Italian restaurant Bottega Prelibato.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival, Syon Park

Candice Brown is among the chefs attending the festival this year.

Syon Park, Road, Brentford, London, TW8 8JF

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 27th - 29th May 2017

 

The Foodies Festival returns to Syon Park this spring, taking place on the second Bank Holiday weekend in May. This year's line-up features a range of culinary elite, including the likes of Christian Edwardson of Bonnie Gull, Gary Angler of Angler, Atul Kochhar of Benares and Dhruv Baker of The Jolly Gardener. Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown will also be in attendance as well as former MasterChef 2016 winner Jane Devonshire, TV chef Rosemary Shrager and Crème de la Crème winner Mark Tilling will also be in attendance. There will also be the chance to enjoy the creations of expert mixologists and sommeliers in the Drinks Theatre, stock up your kitchen at the Artisan Producers Market, and feast on flavours from around the world at Street Food Avenue. Further highlights include a children's cookery school, a chilli eating challenge and live music.

Foodies Festival London 2017 dates: Syon Park 27th-29th May | Blackheath 7th-9th July | Alexandra Palace 26th-28th August

 
 
 

London Food Month

The UK's biggest food festival celebrates London's diverse culinary scene.

 

Dates: 01st - 30th June 2017

 

Celebrating London's diverse culinary scene, the Evening Standard presents the UK's biggest food festival this June. With a programme created by food writers Grace Dent and Tom Parker Bowles, London Food Month will incorporate hundreds of events across the capital - from breakfasts to late-night supper clubs - to represent the global gastronomic traditions that can now be found in London. Inspired by London's thriving street food scene, the headline event will be the Night Market, bringing together up to 50 restaurants, food trucks and bars, as well as live entertainment, in a London park. Britain's longest-standing restaurant critic, Fay Maschler, will also select her 50 favourite places to eat. The event will also partner with The Felix Project to promote awareness of food waste and hunger.

 
 
 

Taste of London

London's best restaurants pitch up at Regent's Park.

Regent's Park, Inner Circle, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 13th to 17th Jun 2018

 

Five days of top flight food, drink and entertainment at Regent's Park, Taste of London is a wonderful al fresco festival of all things food. Indulge in some delicious 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 London's top restaurants. This year, three of the world's most respected chefs are at the festival: Massimo Bottura chef patron of globally revered 3 Michelin-starred, Osteria Francescana; rock star chef and the man who put Brazilian food on the map Alex Atala; and one of the UK's hottest talents, Michelin-starred Ollie Dabbous. All three will appear at the festivals new feature, The Taste of Residence, which offers a sit down fine-dining experience cooked for and served by these food icons. Other chefs attending include Tom Kerridge, Nathan Outlaw, Thomasina Miers and Francesco Mazzei.

 
 
 

KERB's Guiltiest Pleasures

Feast on the naughtiest, most decadent dishes of all.

Granary Square, Good's Way, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 21st - 22nd July 2017

 

Offering their best show stopper line-up, KERB are back in Granary Square this July for their second free weekender of the summer. KERB's Guiltiest Pleasures sees the street food specialists bring together a series of decadent dishes - if you're on a summer detox look away now. Choose from honey butter-slathered fried chicken with crispy smoked bacon and pickled blueberries in a buttermilk pancake bun; crisp sarnies with Coronation chicken and ham hock; donuts filled with strawberry milkshake and topped with mint choc chip popping candy rings; sloppy joe with pickles and a fried duck egg; and a ribeye steak and bone marrow burger. There will also be a line-up of naughty cocktails and fun activities like bingo and Jane Fonda '80 aerobics

 
 
 
 

Street Eats

A family friendly festival with halal food and non alcoholic drinks.

Old Spitalfields Market, 1 Crispin Place, London, E1 6DW

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 28th - 29th July 2017

 

Digital magazine Halal Gems presents Street Eats at Spitalfields Market this July. The inaugural event brings together the best of London's street food to show how you can feast on amazing food that is halal while also creating a space for friends and families to hang out in the evening and have fun without alcohol. The line-up features the likes of Chit Chaat Chai, Rola Wala, who are about to launch a permanent restaurant in the area, Blue Top Ice Cream, Oli Baba's Halloumi Fries and Khao London. Hackney based drinks specialist Square Root London will be in charge of running the alcohol free bar. There will be family fun for the kids as well as live music and entertainment.

 
 
 

London Craft Beer Festival

Over 40 breweries and more than 300 beers under one roof.

Shoreditch Electric Light Station, Coronet Street, Hackney, London, N1 6HW

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 04th - 06th August 2017

 

The London Craft Beer Festival returns for its 5th year in 2017 and is moving to a new venue in Hoxton Square. The Shoreditch Electric Light Station - a beautifully converted old power station, which is now the UK's leading circus school - will play host to over 40 breweries and more than 300 beers for the event. There will be beers from across London, the UK and the US, inviting visitors to enjoy the kaleidoscope of tastes and flavours modern beer has to offer. Breweries include Buxton Brewery, Mikkeller, Other Half and The Kernel. In addition to the beer, there will be food from street food specialists KERB and music from the festival's resident DJs.

 
 
 

The Great British Beer Festival

A celebration of our national drink.

Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 08th - 12th August 2017

 

Over 66,000 people flock to this massive celebration of our national drink, which features over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and beers from around the world. There are over 350 different British breweries featured at the Great British Beer Festival and with the brewery boom across the country, and in London in particular, being chosen for the festival is a real privilege. Although it sounds like a fun event, don't be surprised to see a lot of very serious faces and concentration; some real ale experts are genuinely obsessive - and for them this isn't merely an occasion to get sozzled. Tutored tastings are on offer for anyone who wants to learn the subtleties of what makes a great beer. For the rest of us, though, this is a jolly day out with some delicious brewed drinks. Besides the amber nectar, there's a load of activities to keep you interested, including traditional pub games, live music and, to soak it all up, some hearty traditional pub snacks.

 
 
 

KERB: Livin' On The Veg

An indulgent food festival for herbivores and carnivores alike.

West Handyside Canopy, King's Cross, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 18th - 19th August 2017

 

KERB welcomes both vegans and meat-lovers to their latest event, Livin' On The Veg. The ultimate vegan rumble, it will see eight KERB-picked traders cook indulgent vegan dishes that appeal to herbivores and carnivores alike to battle it out for KERB's golden carrot. There won't be a mung bean or Buddha bowl in sight, with guests invited to feast on deep fried buffalo wings, chocolate brownie mud pies, red Thai curry pots, Tandoori naans and Venezuelan chip buttie arepas. There will also be a cocktail bar, beer bar and a KERB bar as well as DJ sets and a Mr Potato Head vegetable decorating corner. Every ticket provides a portion of food from all eight traders and once you've sampled all the goods you'll be able to vote for your favourite.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival, Alexandra Palace

Ed Baines, Rakesh Nair and Matt Hill are among the culinary elite this year.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 26th - 28th August 2017

 

The Foodies Festival is back at Alexandra Palace this summer, taking place on the Bank Holiday weekend. This year's line-up features a range of culinary elite, including Ed Baines, Rakesh Nair, Matt Hill, Will Stayner and Jane Devonshire as well as MIC favourite Jamie Laing. There will also be pop up restaurants, shopping opportunities, a BBQ arena, chilli eating competition, cake and bake theatre, street food avenue and feasting tent. Drinking events include a wine and champagne masterclasses, vintage cider tent, Pimm's tea pot, Appleton Estate rum bus and a bar bus.

Foodies Festival London 2017 dates: Syon Park 27th-29th May | Blackheath 7th-9th July | Alexandra Palace 26th-28th August

 
 
 
 

BBC Good Food Festival

Make the most of the long weekend with this delectable foodie festival.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 26th - 28th August 2017

 

Taking place over the August bank holiday weekend, the BBC Good Food Festival comes to Hampton Court Palace giving visitors a great selection of food to sample and expert tips from well-known cooks and chefs. This year welcomes Mary Berry, Tom Kerridge, James Martin, The Hairy Bikers, Raymond Blanc, Tom Kitchin, Nadiya Hussain and Joe Wicks. The chefs will take part in live cooking demonstrations and the festival also offers tastings and masterclasses, pop-up restaurants, book signing opportunities and a collection of quality producers showcasing their wares.

 
 
 

Meatopia

The city's biggest meat festival returns this summer.

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 01st - 03rd September 2017

 

London's meatiest food festival, Meatopia returns once again in 2017. Originally conceived by the late Josh Ozersky, the concept is the biggest festival of BBQ and smoking to hit London, welcoming a raft of UK and international chefs, restaurants, butchers and food heroes. Taking place at Tobacco Dock, the carnivore's paradise will treat guests to tasting-sized portions of dishes from a number of renowned chefs and iconic restaurants. Previous line-ups have included the likes of Pitt Cue, Duck & Waffle, Social Eating House, Berber & Q and Hawksmoor so we can expect big things again this year. And, with the return of the Friday night session, which was introduced in 2016, it's another three-day affair.

 
 
 
 
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