I have a lovely little guest post for all of you foodies out there. If you enjoy going to food festivals and thought that you had missed your chance this summer, fear not there is plenty going in big smoke later this year for you to enjoy!
Although the majority of London’s regular food festivals take place during the spring and summer months, there are still plenty of events for local foodies to look forward to throughout the course of this year. Together, these festivals celebrate a wide variety of food and drink from all cultures, meaning that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Real Street Food Festival
A good place to start is the Real Street Food Festival, (Southbank Centre, 23rd to 26th August 2013) where London’s finest street food traders showcase the cuisine that they are passionate about, right in the heart of the city.
Great British Beer Festival
To quench your thirst over the warmer months, try the Great British Beer Festival (Olympia Conference & Exhibition Centre, 13th to 17th August 2013). This event welcomes over 66,000 visitors each year and offers tasting sessions and other beer related activities to keep visitors entertained. Don’t worry if you aren’t a beer drinker, though, as ale, cider and perry from around the world are all represented and celebrated too.
London Restaurant Festival
The longer London Restaurant Festival, in partnership with American Express, (Old Vic Tunnels, 1st to 15th October 2013) also takes place in various venues all across the capital. Over 800 different London restaurants take part in the festival, and there’s special events and entertainment galore. In previous years, well-known foodies such as Mark Hix (chef and restaurateur) and Tom Parker Bowles (food writer and broadcaster) have attended and joined in the festivities.
BBC Good Food Show
If celebrity spotting sounds appealing, then the BBC Good Food Show (Olympia Conference & Exhibition Centre, 15th to 17th November 2013) might be worth a visit. The famous celebrity chefs of popular cookery shows like Masterchef, the Great British Bake Off and Saturday Kitchen will carry out live demonstrations alongside the usual stands, tastings and events that make for a great food festival.
Christmas food festivals
Later on in the year, Taste of Christmas (Tobacco Dock, Greater London, 21st to 24th November 2013) kicks off the festive season and aims to inspire budding chefs to be adventurous with Christmas dinner. The slightly more specialist but no less festive London Christmas Chocolate Festival (Southbank Centre, 13th to 15th December 2013) is a dream for chocolate lovers. Try some artisan treats alongside famous chocolatiers, and pick up a few Christmas gifts while you’re at it.
Do you enjoy going to food festivals? Do any of the events featured in this post appeal to you?