Running throughout April, May and June, Street Feast's new gastronomic event will provide Londoners with three months of Friday night feasts. Taking over Merchant Yard on Kingsland Road, this weekly night market will house The Gin Store, a specialist indoor cocktail bar with bookable tables and 10 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 Mama's Jerk Station, a family-run Caribbean street food company; Spit & Roast, East London's premiere rotisserie van; Well Kneaded, sour dough pizza with British toppings; and Sweet Tooth Factory, a devilishly sweet selection of cheesecakes and cupcakes. The evenings will also see Ben Spalding bring his 'Stripped Back' event to the yard. After becoming London's first full weekly night market in 2012, Street Feast and Stripped Back strive to offer interesting, delicious and high quality food at an affordable price. Spalding, who is a rising star with his credentials including stints at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck and Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir, will continue this ethos with his stripped back menu.
London Summer Food Festivals
Merchant Yard, 317-319 Kingsland Road, Islington, London, E8 4DL
Tube: Old Street Station
Dates: 12th April - 28th June 2013
Sample seasonal food and meet Michelin-starred chefs.
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.
Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, Battersea, London, SW4 9DE
Tube: Clapham South Station
Dates: 6th, 7th and 8th 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 following an earlier outing at Hampton Court Palace in May. 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. Chefs due to attend the event include Ed Baines of Randall & Aubin, Gennaro Contaldo of Two Greedy Italians and Michenlin-starred Steve Drake. Further key exhibitors include Ginger Grouse, who will launch their new ginger beer across the festivals; David Greenwood-Haigh of Divine Chocolate, part of the new Chocolate Theatre addition; and Provence Wines, who will feature within the Wine Village. 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 takes place at Hampton Court Palace Green 25th, 26th & 27th May 2013 and then at Clapham Common on 7th, 8th & 9th June 2013. There is also a Feast at Battersea Park Festival on 16th, 17th and 18th August.
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St. Anne's Churchyard, Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1D 6AF
Dates: 08th - 09th June 2013
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.
Live cookery demonstrations, tasting workshops and fine wine quaffing.
Potters Fields Park, City Hall, 110 The Queens Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 2AA
Tube: London Bridge Station
Dates: 15th - 16th June 2013
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.
Thirty days of food and art events.
Various Venues East London, Walthamstow, London, EC2M 7QH
Dates: 01st - 30th June 2013
The Appetite Food Festival brings 30 days of food and art events to east London this June. With an array of events and cuisines to choose from, there's something for everyone. The programme boasts a tudor feast, pop up poetry café, real ale featival, fairytale tea parties, gourmet food fair, foodie walks and a food trail, which allows you to make your way around the E17 area enjoying complimentary treats along the journey. A number of artists, chefs and food makers will also be in attendance to create eating experiences among a selection of cuisines, including Palestinian, Hungarian, Italian, South American, Pakistani and vegan. For the full programme, please visit www.appetitefestival.co.uk.
This vast outdoor food festival celebrates its 10th year in 2013.
Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR
Tube: Regent's Park Station
Dates: Thursday 19th and Friday 20th 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 (10 at the latest check), show off their culinary handiwork. 'Taste of...' has become a nationwide phenomenon with events taking place in cities all over the country. Of these the London event in Regent's Park must be one of the most enjoyable. 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 Skylon - to name but a bunch. While tasting fashionable fare and shopping for fine wines, spirits and gourmet foods among the 120 stalls, the civilised sounds of live jazz and opera fill the air and aid the digestion. Top chefs such as Michel Roux Jr, Pierre Koffmann, Silvena Rowe, Chris Galvin and Gary Rhodes will also be doing the rounds. A gourmet grazing picnic extraordinaire, no restaurant lover should miss this tasty event which has already become a firm fixture in the foodie calendar.
Some of London's best food joints come to Brick Lane to serve their delights.
Brick Lane Yard, Buxton Street Gate, Shoreditch, London, E1 5ER
Tube: Aldgate East Station
Dates: 04th - 07th July 2013
In the past, they've taken over a sorting office in Islington and a warehouse once used to store tobacco but now the guys behind Feast are bringing their four-day food festival to Brick Lane Yard. Bringing some of London's best chefs, restaurants and market stalls to unusual places, Feast is more than just a food festival (it's been dubbed "Glastonbury for foodies" by future space magazine), there's music from new bands and DJs as well as art installations; truly a feast for all the senses. Run by the team behind the hugely successful Long Table, Feast brings together a mouth-watering selection of well-established eateries, market stalls and burger vans like Patty and Bun, Spuntino, Flat Iron and The Meringue Girls. Book tickets online at www.wefeast.co.uk, where you can view the full list of participants.
Twenty of the country's leading food trucks park up in Canary Wharf.
Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf, Tower Hamlets, London, E14 9SB
Tube: Canary Wharf Station
Dates: 04th July - 06th September 2013
Typically absent of entertainment, Canary Wharf will be unusually lively this summer when twenty of the country's leading food trucks park up for Truck Stop. Promising plenty of high jinks on the first Thursday and Friday of July, August and September, the event will give Wood Wharf the full American treatment with a taco shack, keg party, smoke BBQ pit, a huge rotary bar and a bookable roadside diner. While the food trucks in attendance include Anna Mae's Mac n Cheese, The Bowler Meatballs, the Cheeky Italian, Spit & Roast and Mother Clucker. There will also be live blue grass bands, honky tonk DJs and an exhibition of classic American cars.
A celebration of our national drink.
Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
Dates: 12th to 16th Aug 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.
A new festival from the Foodies Festival team
Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea Park, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ
Tube: Sloane Square Station
Dates: 16th - 18th August 2013
Meet Michelin star chefs, see live demonstrations and sample food from London's top restaurants at the Battersea Park Feast Festival, which is presented from the team behind the Foodies Festivals. 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. Chefs due to attend the event include Ed Baines of Randall & Aubin, Gennaro Contaldo of Two Greedy Italians and Michenlin-starred Steve Drake. Further key exhibitors include Ginger Grouse, who will launch their new ginger beer across the festivals; David Greenwood-Haigh of Divine Chocolate, part of the new Chocolate Theatre addition; and Provence Wines, who will feature within the Wine Village. Around 25,000 people are expected to attend which just goes to show the popularity of London's restaurants. Further festivals take place at Hampton Court Palace Green on 25th, 26th & 27th May 2013 and then at Clapham Common on 7th, 8th & 9th June 2013. 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.
LondonTown.com has teamed up with the Foodies Festival to offer ten lucky readers a pair of tickets to the Battersea Park Feast Festival.
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The SouthBank's weekly food festival runs throughout the summer.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
Dates: 27th - 29th September 2013
This is your chance to meet and sample food from specialist producers, chosen for their high standard of quality goods, ethically produced without cutting corners. As well as street food to sample, there are demos by top chefs, The Sheep Show featuring live animals, and plenty of live music. This three-day festival champions small producers, the kind who are often too small or niche to set up a rent paying shop. So it's down to events like this to give them a platform. It's a great way of networking and building a little black book of trusted suppliers - and most likely ones that the top London restaurants are using too.
8th March 2014
IN THIS ARTICLE
Street Feast London
Clapham Common Foodies Festival
Soho Food Feast
Rioja Tapas Fantasticas
Appetite Food Festival
Taste of London
The Great British Beer Festival
Battersea Park Feast Festival
Real Food Festival
Summer 2013 in London
Summer 2013 in London's Bloomsbury
Summer 2013 in Greenwich
Summer 2013 at The Barbican
Summer 2013 Art in London
London's Summer Theatre 2013
Summer Events in London for Families
London's Boating Lakes
London Summer Food Festivals
Summer 2013 on London's South Bank
London's Summer Music Festivals
London's Summer Pop Ups and Events
Summer Swimming in London
London Outdoor Film Screenings
London Al Fresco Dining and Drinking
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
Edinburgh Festival London Preview Shows
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