London Summer Food Festivals

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The Great British Beer Festival
The Great British Beer Festival
Street Feast London
Taste of London
BBC Good Food Festival
London Craft Beer Festival
Foodies Festival Alexandra Palace
The Last Days of Shoreditch
 

 

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.

 
 

Street Feast: Model Market

Twenty-five weekends of street food throughout summer.

196 Lewisham High Street, , London, SE13 6LS

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 15th April to 1st October 2016

 

Street Feast re-launches Model Market this April, for 25 weekends of street food throughout the summer. Running until the end of September, it will be an entire summer of street food and booze in the former 1950s market. Taking you on a culinary tour around the world, it will serve food from the likes of HotBox, Club Mexicana, Mother Flipper, Mama's Jerk Station, Yum Bun and Up In My Grill. Add to that fives bars, and you've got one hell of a party in south east London.

 
 
 

Street Feast: Dalston Yard

Five months of feasts every Friday and Saturday night.

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

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: 29th April to 24th September 2016

 

Street Feast returns to Dalston Yard in May 2016 for another summer of Friday and Saturday night feasts. The gastronomic event provides Londoners with five months of weekly night markets, bringing together food, booze and music. The Gin Store, a specialist indoor cocktail bar with bookable tables and 20 specialist gins (plus plenty of other drinks), is back, and 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. With eight bars and 20 traders, the choices include Bleecker Burger, Rola Wala, Slider Bar, Yum Bun and Breddos Tacos who return with their Taco Shack. After becoming London's first full weekly night market in 2012, Street Feast offers interesting, delicious and high-quality food at an affordable price.

 
 
 

KERB Does Alchemy

London's street food specialists add some spice to this year's Alchemy.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 19th - 30th May 2016

 

KERB, the London street food specialists, are back at the Southbank Centre this summer to add some spice to this year's Alchemy festival. Running for 12 days, the festival will see KERB's star traders put their own twist on the Alchemy theme, with dishes such as mac 'n' cheese, pizza, ice cream, and even Pimm's, all being given a spicy twist. Feast on pork, coriander and crispy onion wood-fired pizza from Born & Raised; mac with black pepper chicken fry, garlic raita and wild mustard leaves from Murgh Mac; and toasted almond cookie and Pandan Leaf ice cream sammies from Blu Top. Drink options include Punjabi Pimm's, Milk Punch, IPA and custom sodas. Come thirsty and hungry - that's just a small taste of what's on offer.

 
 
 

The Last Days of Shoreditch

Street food, music, art and crazy golf.

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

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 25th May to 17th September 2016

 

The much-loved Red Market is back for its sixth year in 2016, returning to Shoreditch for possibly the last time. With the site due to be home to a new luxury, five-star hotel, the Red Market will be celebrating the Last Days of Shoreditch with three months of street food, art and music, as well as a crazy golf course from the team behind the Junkyard Golf Club. A pun-filled nod to Ibiza, the nine-hole golf course, titled Café Del Par, will include shots dubbed Carl Crocs and It's All Gone Pete Thong. Food will be served by the likes of Le Bao, Yeah Burger, Crabbie Shack and more in a rotating line-up while a collaboration with the nearby Red Gallery will see numerous art installations from Gavin Turk, Ben Eine and others. The Red Market will also screen sporting events throughout the summer, including the Euro Championship, Wimbledon final, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympics.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival Syon Park

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 28th - 30th May 2016

 

The Foodies Festival returns to Syon Park this spring, taking place on the second Bank Holiday weekend. This year's line-up features a range of the capital's culinary elite, including the likes of Will Tanyer of York & Albany, Paul Shearing of Bread Street Kitchen, Allan Pickett of Piquet and MasterChef Finalist 2015 Tony Rodd, as well as Michelin starred Atul Kochhar and Janos Veres. There will also be the chance to discover Feel Good Superfoods with healthy living chefs and food writers, 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 on the entertainment stage.

 
 
 

Taste of London 2016

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

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

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 15th - 19th June 2016

 

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 foodie. 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. Well known chefs - who have included such luminaries as Michel Roux Jr, Nuno Mendes, Bobby Chin, Jose Pizarro 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.

 
 
 

The Great British Beer Festival

A celebration of our national drink.

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 09th - 13th August 2016

 

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.

 
 
 

London Craft Beer Festival

Eighteen world-class craft brewers present 60 superb beers.

Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Hackney, London, E2 9DY

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 12th - 14th August 2016

 

Eighteen world-class craft brewers will be bringing 60 superb beers to the Oval Space in Bethnal Green this August. In recognition of so much great beer being made in the UK - much of which doesn't get the recognition it deserves - the London Craft Beer Festival brings brewers from the UK and Europe together under one roof - including breweries like The Kernel Brewery, Camden Town Brewery, Beavertown, Weird Beard and Howling Hops from right here in London. Visitors are given information on each brewery and encouraged to sample small glasses to experience as much as possible. Street food is supplied by local companies like the Ginger Pig, E5 Bakehouse and Gelupo with dishes inspired by the beers. Bands and DJs including the likes of Chase & Status and the Artful Dodger provide the soundtrack, all to be enjoyed on the large Oval Space terraces overlooking the Bethnal Green gas works. Tickets are expected to go quickly.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival Alexandra Palace

Raketh Nair, Aldo Zilli and Peter Joseph all attend this year's festival.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 27th - 29th August 2016

 

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 Rakesh Nair of The Cinnamon Club, celebrity chef Aldo Zilli, Alex Theibaut of Maze, Peter Joseph of Tamarind and Masterchef finalists Tony Rodd and Emma Spitzer. There will also be the chance to discover Feel Good Superfoods with healthy living chefs and food writers, 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 on the entertainment stage. The Foodies Festival also comes to Syon Park and Blackheath in 2016.

 
 
 

BBC Good Food Festival

Paul Hollywood and Paul Hollywood head to Hampton Court Palace this August Bank Holiday weekend.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 27th - 29th August 2016

 

Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the BBC Good Food Festival comes to Hampton Court Palace for the second year giving visitors a great selection of food to sample and expert tips from well known cooks and chefs including baker Paul Hollywood, Le Gavroche chef Michel Roux Jr, resident chef on ITV's Lorraine John Whaite and winner of the second series of the BBC's The Great British Bake Off Jo Wheatley. Book in at the summer kitchen to see these top chefs doing their thing, enjoy live entertainment from The Polka Dots and the Riverside Brass Ensemble, and see roaming circus performers showing off their skills around the Palace grounds throughout the day. A great family day out, kids can try drop in for juggling classes at the circus skills school get their faces painted, enjoy messy play and old school sack races and egg and spoon races.

 
 
 

Meatopia

The city's biggest meat festival returns for its fourth year.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 2nd, 3rd and 4th September 2016

 

London's meatiest food festival, Meatopia returns for its fourth year in 2016. 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. This year's line-up is yet to be announced but, with a new Friday night event, it's set to be the biggest Meatopia yet.

 
 
 
 
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