No fewer than four food festivals are taking place around London next month. It’s time to dig out those trousers with the elasticated waistband...
Waterloo Food Festival is an annual, month-long celebration of local food businesses, kicking off with a street party along Lower Marsh on 30 June. Entry is free and there will be lots of food and drink from restaurants like Wahaca and Cubana, plus live music and activities including sushi rolling competitions, and a Make Do and Mend workshop focusing on pesto making. Learning how to make a decent pesto is an important life skill and we're not joking — once you know how you'll never go back to the stuff in jars.
A whole month of masterclasses, workshops, talks and tastings follows (full line-up of events on their website) and there's a two-day festival aimed at kids on 20 and 21 July.
Waterloo Food Festival runs from 30 June-31 July. See website for details of events.
Feast @ Fitzrovia kicks off on 27 June, with a week of events celebrating the diversity of food and drink available in the area.
Many restaurants will be serving special menus and there will be offers, tastings and workshops to take part in. Naturally, we like the look of ‘Gindependence Day’ a gin tasting at Soho Wine Supply, with gins available to buy at a discounted price.
The week will culminate in a live BBQ-off between six chefs from restaurants including Salt Yard and Dickie Fitz. The public will taste the entries and crown a champion on the night.
Feast @ Fitzrovia runs from 27 June-3 July. See website for details of events.
The Foodies Festival on Blackheath Common is a weekend of food demos, masterclasses, stalls, live music and loads of opportunities to fill your face.
It will also host the 2016 British Street Food Awards. Visitors to the festival can try signature dishes from shortlisted vendors, and vote for their favourite to win the People's Choice Award.
There will be a chilli eating competition too, which in our experience is always top entertainment. Who doesn’t want to watch other people do something really stupid like eat mega hot chillies then suffering the consequences?
The Foodies Festival takes place from 8-10 July. For the full line-up of events and tickets see website.
Carnaby Street restaurants, bars and cafes will bring their food and drink out onto the street during July, setting up their stalls on Saturday 23.
The idea is that you can buy taster portions of the restaurants' dishes at £5 each, getting a taste of what's available in the area. Loads of local favourites will be taking part, including Pizza Pilgrims, Wright Bros., Cinnamon Soho and Shoryu, so you can create a multi-course street food lunch of your own design, then go for a lie down at the earliest opportunity.
Carnaby Street Street Eat takes place on 23 July. See website for participating restaurants.