London Set for a Taste-Bud-Tickling Bank Holiday as Foodies Festival Returns to Alexandra Palace Park 27th – 29th August
Londoners in search of a Bank Holiday Weekend filled with food and fun should head to Foodies Festival at Alexandra Palace Park this weekend (27-29th August) as the UK’s biggest celebration of food & drink returns to the capital with a lip-smacking line-up of foodie fun.
The ever-expanding Street Food Avenue is the highlight of this weekend’s festival, featuring some of London’s favourite street food traders as well as flavours and delicacies from around the world, which visitors can enjoy in the giant Feasting Tent.
An Artisan Market showcases over 100 award-winning producers from across the country for festival-goers to sample and shop from, and a new Vintage Tea Tent serving afternoon tea offers a relaxing retreat with cakes, scones, finger sandwich and a selection of teas served on vintage china.
Between feasting and shopping, visitors can watch live cookery demonstrations in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre from 2016 MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire and London’s top chefs including Matthew Worswick of Michelin-starred Latymer, Ed Baines of Randall & Aubin, Rakesh Nair from The Cinnamon Club, Owen Sullivan of Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill and Arnaud Stevens of Sixtyone who will cook their signature recipes and share top tips for foodies to takeaway and practice at home.
A Drinks Theatre offers wine & food pairing masterclasses (and sing-alongs) with TV sommelier Charles Metcalfe, champagne tutorials with Neil Philips, world beer tastings with beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole, and rum masterclasses from Appleton Estate Rum.
Just in time for the start of the Great British Bake Off, the Cake & Bake Theatre pops up with baking extraordinaire Charlotte White, master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti and sugar-free baker Nicky Clinch hosting workshops in cake-making, chocolate and confectionary for experienced and novice bakers.
A Kids Cookery School invites little foodies to explore their palate and learn basic cooking skills with a series of ‘Meals in Minutes’ workshops. Hourly classes offer hands-on gastronomic experiments and lessons in how to make a delicious ‘taster recipe’ to take away and eat.
After a day of feasting and fun visitors can picnic on the grass with friends and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the new Unsigned Music Awards Stage – which features emerging bands from across the UK and bands that performed and this year’s Glastonbury - and cocktails from the Rum Bus, Giant Pimm’s Teapot and Mojito Ship.
For those feeling adventurous, a new Bug Eating Competition challenges contestants to eat crunchy critters and squiggly grubs from the depth of the forest, and for those who think they can handle the heat, the famous Chilli Eating Contest will blow their socks off with the world’s hottest chillies and chilli extract mixtures.
Tickets are on sale now at www.foodiesfestival.com or by calling 0844 995 1111
Saturday/Sunday/Monday adult ticket £16.00/£13.00 concession
Three day adult ticket £25.00/£18.00 concession
VIP day ticket £48.00/£45.00 Friday – includes a glass of bubbly with red carpet welcome, use of the decadent Deco Noir VIPLounge and Mirror Bar, refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, show guide, and goody bag to take home.
Children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.
27th August – 11am – 7pm
28th August – 11am – 7pm
29th August – 11am – 6pm
Aga Rangemaster, Vinho Verde, Leffe Beer, Seeds of Change, Seed and Bean and Mangrove rum
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About Foodies Festival:
Foodies Festival launched in 2005 with a single event at an Edinburgh hotel after founder Sue Hitchen noticed a gap in the Edinburgh market for a food festival. Over the last 11 years Foodies Festival has expanded across the UK, and in 2015 celebrated its 10th anniversary with 13 festivals (10 summer and 3 winter events). To date Foodies has welcomed over 2.5 million visitors and helped launch hundreds of new businesses and supported thousands of small producers. Founder Sue runs the family business from Edinburgh with her husband, four daughters and team of ten.
2016 venues and dates:
Brighton, Hove Lawns: April 30, May 1 & 2
Bristol, The Downs: May 13, 14 & 15
London, Syon Park: May 28, 29 & 30
Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park: June 3, 4 & 5
London, Blackheath: July 8, 9 &10 (New)
Cheshire, Tatton Park: July 15, 16 & 17
Edinburgh, Inverleith Park: August 5, 6 & 7
Harrogate, Ripley Castle: August 19, 20 & 21
London, Alexandra Palace: August 27, 28 & 29
Oxford, South Parks: September 2, 3 & 4
2016 winter events:
London, Truman Brewery: November 18, 19 & 20
Edinburgh: November 25, 26 & 27