London Summer Food Festivals

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Taste of London
Foodies Festival Clapham Common
FEAST at Battersea Park
The Great British Beer Festival
The Great British Beer Festival
Real Food Market
Street Feast London
Soho Food Feast
Soho Food Feast
Soho Food Feast
Rioja Tapas Fantasticas
Taste of London
Real Food Market
Real Food Market
BBC Good Food Festival
Riverside Feast
 

 

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. So, read on to find out the best of what the capital is serving this summer.

 
 

Taste of London

Over forty of London's best restaurants pitch up at Regent's Park.

Taste of London Taste of London Taste of London 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 Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, Bleeding Heart, Duck & Waffle, L'Anima, Le Gavroche, Theo Randall at The InterContinental, Barbecoa, and Yauatcha - to name but a bunch. Top chefs - who this year include such luminaries as Jason Atherton, Joes Pizarro, Ashley Palmer Watts (head chef at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in the Mandarin Oriental) and Salt Yard head chef Ben Tish - also attend, while the civilised sounds of live jazz and opera will fill the air and aid digestion at this gourmet grazing picnic extraordinaire. 2014-06-182014-06-22 Where:
Regent's Park, Inner Circle, London London, NW1 4NR
Category: Foodie Events

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 Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, Bleeding Heart, Duck and Waffle, L'Anima, Le Gavroche, Theo Randall at The InterContinental, Barbecoa, and Yauatcha - to name but a bunch. Top chefs - who this year include such luminaries as Jason Atherton, Joes Pizarro, Ashley Palmer Watts (head chef at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in the Mandarin Oriental) and Salt Yard head chef Ben Tish - also attend, while the civilised sounds of live jazz and opera will fill the air and aid digestion at this gourmet grazing picnic extraordinaire.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival Clapham Common

Sample seasonal food and meet Michelin-starred chefs.

Foodies Festival Clapham Common Foodies Festival Clapham Common Meet Michelin star chefs, see live demonstrations and sample food from London's top restaurants at the Foodies Festival, taking place at Clapham Common in June. Cooking is made to look easy thanks to demos from top chefs, a children's cookery school and a cake and bake theatre. 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.

Foodies Festival in London - 2014 dates:
The festival will take place at Marble Hill House over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 24th to Monday 26th May, Kenwood House from Friday 30th to Sunday 1st June, Clapham Common from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th June, and Battersea Park on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 2014.
2014-06-062014-06-08 Where:
Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London London, SW4 9DE
Category: Foodie Events

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, Battersea, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: 06th - 08th June 2014

 

Meet Michelin star chefs, see live demonstrations and sample food from London's top restaurants at the Foodies Festival, taking place at Clapham Common in June. Cooking is made to look easy thanks to demos from top chefs, a children's cookery school and a cake and bake theatre. 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.

Foodies Festival in London - 2014 dates:
The festival will take place at Marble Hill House over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 24th to Monday 26th May, Kenwood House from Friday 30th to Sunday 1st June, Clapham Common from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th June, and Battersea Park on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 2014.

 
 
 

Real Food Market

The South Bank's weekly food festival runs throughout the summer.

Real Food Market Real Food Market The Real Food Market appears every weekend, from Friday to Sunday, behind the Southbank Centre and food sold at the stalls is of a high standard, in line with the philosophy behind the Real Food movement - to promote British produce that's nutritionally rich, and made using sustainable and ethical methods. Small-scale producers gather in Southbank Centre Square, the courtyard behind Royal Festival Hall to show and sell their wares, so you can stuff your bag-for-life full of tasty cheese, delicious pies, fresh pasta, seasonal fruit and vegetables, organic meat and many other delicacies.
1st January Where:
Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Shopping

Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: Every Friday 12noon-8pm, Every Saturday 11am-8pm, Every Sunday 12noon-6pm

 

The Real Food Market appears every weekend, from Friday to Sunday, behind the Southbank Centre and food sold at the stalls is of a high standard, in line with the philosophy behind the Real Food movement - to promote British produce that's nutritionally rich, and made using sustainable and ethical methods. Small-scale producers gather in Southbank Centre Square, the courtyard behind Royal Festival Hall to show and sell their wares, so you can stuff your bag-for-life full of tasty cheese, delicious pies, fresh pasta, seasonal fruit and vegetables, organic meat and many other delicacies.

 
 
 

Soho Food Feast

Soho Food Feast Soho Food Feast Soho Food Feast The Soho Food Feast aims to bring together West End restaurants, clubs and bars to enjoy a summer's day in one of Soho's most scenic green spaces. The area's best chefs and restaurateurs will be serving signature dishes and house wines all afternoon from stands located throughout St Anne's Churchyard Garden. The eateries taking part on the Saturday include Dean Street Townhouse, Polpo, MEATwagon (the team behind MEATliquor and MEATmarket), The Ivy, Wright Brothers and HIX. While the Sunday welcomes Flat Iron, GAIL's Kitchen, Bone Daddies, Shrimpy's, Kettners and Carom. Take part in food and wine tastings and demonstrations, a cake competition and a raffle with prizes ranging from restaurant meals to theatre tickets. There's even children's activities including food art and face painting, meaning there's enough on offer to keep the whole family entertained.

2014-06-072014-06-08 Where:
St. Anne's Churchyard, Wardour Street, London London, W1D 6AF
Category: Foodie Events

St. Anne's Churchyard, Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1D 6AF

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 07th - 08th June 2014

 

The Soho Food Feast aims to bring together West End restaurants, clubs and bars to enjoy a summer's day in one of Soho's most scenic green spaces. The area's best chefs and restaurateurs will be serving signature dishes and house wines all afternoon from stands located throughout St Anne's Churchyard Garden. On the list of Soho eateries taking part on the Saturday include Dean Street Townhouse, Polpo, MEATwagon (the team behind MEATliquor and MEATmarket), The Ivy, Wright Brothers and HIX. While the Sunday welcomes Flat Iron, GAIL's Kitchen, Bone Daddies, Shrimpy's, Kettners and Carom. Take part in food and wine tastings and demonstrations, a cake competition and a raffle with prizes ranging from restaurant meals to theatre tickets. There's even children's activities including food art and face painting, meaning there's enough on offer to keep the whole family entertained.

 
 
 

Rioja Tapas Fantasticas

Live cookery demonstrations, tasting workshops and fine wine quaffing.

Rioja Tapas Fantasticas Rioja Tapas Fantasticas Reaching the ripe old age of six this year is the Rioja Tapas Fantasticas festival. For two days in June Potters Fields Park on the Southbank will be awash with foodies and wine fanatics taking part in live cookery demonstrations, tasting workshops and fine wine quaffing. Last year 12,000 hungry visitors descended on the Southbank, this year the festival returns with over a generous supply of wine and tapas stalls from vineyards and producers from the north-eastern region of Spain. Wine experts Olly Smith and Susy Atkins also return for this year's festival, hosting a number of wine tasting workshops and walks. The festival is totally free, for more information and to sign up for wine seminars and wine walks please visit the website.

2014-06-142014-06-15 Where:
Potters Fields Park, City Hall, 110 The Queens Walk, London London, SE1 2AA
Category: Foodie Events

Potters Fields Park, City Hall, 110 The Queens Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 2AA

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 14th - 15th June 2014

 

Reaching the ripe old age of six this year is the Rioja Tapas Fantasticas festival. For two days in June Potters Fields Park on the Southbank will be awash with foodies and wine fanatics taking part in live cookery demonstrations, tasting workshops and fine wine quaffing. Last year 12,000 hungry visitors descended on the Southbank, this year the festival returns with over a generous supply of wine and tapas stalls from vineyards and producers from the north-eastern region of Spain. Wine experts Olly Smith and Susy Atkins also return for this year's festival, hosting a number of wine tasting workshops and walks. The festival is totally free, for more information and to sign up for wine seminars and wine walks please visit the website.

 
 
 

Street Feast London

Pizza Pilgrims, B.O.B's Lobster and The Gin Store come to Dalston Yard for a 20-weekend run.

Street Feast London Street Feast London Running from 16th May until 27th September, Street Feast's gastronomic event will provide Londoners with three months of feasts every Friday and Saturday night. Taking over Dalston Yard, this weekly night market will house The Gin Store, a specialist indoor cocktail bar with bookable tables and 20 specialist gins (plus plenty of other drinks), an outdoor bar and lounge, and a raised dining terrace overlooking the yard. Within the yard hungry visitors will be able to choose from a number of well-known traders and guest traders, who will debut new menus for the occasion. The offerings include Pizza Pilgrims, B.O.B's Lobster, Yum Bun, Smokestak who'll be parking up their custom-built 4.5 tonne BBQ Smoke Train, and Breddos Tacos who return with their Taco Shack. After becoming London's first full weekly night market in 2012, Street Feast strives to offer interesting, delicious and high quality food at an affordable price.
2014-05-162014-09-27 Where:
Dalston Yard, Hartwell Street, London London, E8 3DU
Category: Foodie Events

Dalston Yard, Hartwell Street, Islington, London, E8 3DU

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: 16th May to 27th September 2014

 

Running from 16th May until 27th September, Street Feast's gastronomic event will provide Londoners with three months of feasts every Friday and Saturday night. Taking over Dalston Yard, this weekly night market will house The Gin Store, a specialist indoor cocktail bar with bookable tables and 20 specialist gins (plus plenty of other drinks), an outdoor bar and lounge, and a raised dining terrace overlooking the yard. Within the yard hungry visitors will be able to choose from a number of well-known traders and guest traders, who will debut new menus for the occasion. The offerings include Pizza Pilgrims, B.O.B's Lobster, Yum Bun, Smokestak who'll be parking up their custom-built 4.5 tonne BBQ Smoke Train, and Breddos Tacos who return with their Taco Shack. After becoming London's first full weekly night market in 2012, Street Feast strives to offer interesting, delicious and high quality food at an affordable price.

 
 
 

Riverside Feast

Seven weeks of outdoor cinema and street food - a last chance to enjoy Battersea Pop-Up Park.

Riverside Feast Riverside Feast Summer 2014 is the last time the public will have access to Battersea Pop-Up Park before the 42 acre redevelopment at Battersea Power Station begins and Street Feast has partnered with Everyman Cinema to create Riverside Feast, a summer-long food and film event held every Thursday to Sunday evening. Alongside top eats and a 1000-capacity covered bar area, visitors will have a chance to visit the outdoor cinema, featuring a state of the art, high definition, nine-meter LED screen showing a selection of past and current flicks including Wayne's World and The Wolf of Wall Street, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Drive. There'll also be Premier Pods where you can enjoy the luxury of pre-film table service from your choice of Street Feast traders. It sure beats a packet of popcorn. If you don't want to pay to get in then get there before 6pm on a Thursday or Friday evening. Riverside Feast is open four days a week but the park is open every day when you can get tea, cakes, coffee and ice cream. A great way to spend a sunny day lying on the grass by the riverside. Enjoy it before the it's all off-limits.
2014-07-102014-08-31 Where:
Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling Street, London London, SW8 5BP
Category: Foodie Events

Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling Street, London, SW8 5BP

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 10th July - 31st August 2014

 

Summer 2014 is the last time the public will have access to Battersea Pop-Up Park before the 42 acre redevelopment at Battersea Power Station begins and Street Feast has partnered with Everyman Cinema to create Riverside Feast, a summer-long food and film event held every Thursday to Sunday evening. Alongside top eats and a 1000-capacity covered bar area, visitors will have a chance to visit the outdoor cinema, featuring a state of the art, high definition, nine-meter LED screen showing a selection of past and current flicks including Wayne's World and The Wolf of Wall Street, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Drive. There'll also be Premier Pods where you can enjoy the luxury of pre-film table service from your choice of Street Feast traders. It sure beats a packet of popcorn. If you don't want to pay to get in then get there before 6pm on a Thursday or Friday evening. Riverside Feast is open four days a week but the park is open every day when you can get tea, cakes, coffee and ice cream. A great way to spend a sunny day lying on the grass by the riverside. Enjoy it before the it's all off-limits.

 
 
 

The Great British Beer Festival

A celebration of our national drink.

The Great British Beer Festival The Great British Beer Festival The Great British Beer Festival Over 66,000 people flock to this massive celebration of our national drink, which features over 500 real ales, ciders, perries and beers from around the world. Although the Great British Beer Festival 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.

2014-08-122014-08-16 Where:
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London London, W14 8UX
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 12th - 16th August 2014

 

Over 66,000 people flock to this massive celebration of our national drink, which features over 700 real ales, ciders, perries and beers from around the world. Although the Great British Beer Festival 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.

 
 
 

FEAST at Battersea Park

New for 2014 is the Feasting Tent, the social hub at the heart of the festival.

FEAST at Battersea Park FEAST at Battersea Park Meet Michelin star chefs, see live demonstrations and sample food from London's top restaurants at FEAST the Foodies Festival taking place at Battersea Park. New features for 2014 include a Feasting Tent, the social hub at the heart of the festival where banqueting tables encourage sociable eating with chefs, friends and family, the Vintage Tea Tent, a Real Ale and Cider Farm, and Chilli Food Market. 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 over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 24th to Monday 26th May, Kenwood House from Friday 30th to Sunday 1st June, Clapham Common from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th June, and Battersea Park on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 2014.
2014-08-152014-08-17 Where:
Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea Park, London London, SW11 4NJ
Category: Foodie Events

Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea Park, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 15th - 17th August 2014

 

Meet Michelin star chefs, see live demonstrations and sample food from London's top restaurants at FEAST the Foodies Festival taking place at Battersea Park. New features for 2014 include a Feasting Tent, the social hub at the heart of the festival where banqueting tables encourage sociable eating with chefs, friends and family, the Vintage Tea Tent, a Real Ale and Cider Farm, and Chilli Food Market. 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 over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 24th to Monday 26th May, Kenwood House from Friday 30th to Sunday 1st June, Clapham Common from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th June, and Battersea Park on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 2014.

 
 
 

BBC Good Food Festival

The BBC Good Food Festival comes to Hampton Court Palace for the first time in 2014.

BBC Good Food Festival BBC Good Food Festival 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. 2014-08-232014-08-25 Where:
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey London, KT8 9AU
Category: Foodie Events

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.