Now that the wedding of the century is old news, let’s return to what regularly fuels the soul … food. Thankfully there are plenty of food festivals this weekend around London that should certainly keep your hearts and stomachs full.
- Meet over 400 of Britain’s finest local producers at the Real Food Festival at Earl’s Court May 5-8. Cut out the middle man and banish “food miles” by buying sustainable and ethical products directly from the source. Festival highlights include learning trade secrets at the Butchery Demo Theatre, following a tea trail in a working tea garden, watching live sheep shearing, and sampling celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s new food line.
- The Real Food Market takes place at the Southbank Centre Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the rest of May. Purchase discounted tickets online.
- Inspired by fine English cooking and the first underground market in San Fransisco, blogger, author, photographer, and supper club aficionado MsMarmiteLover is hosting an Underground Night Market in her flat and garden in Kilburn from 6pm – 10pm on 6 May. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
- Taste, learn and chat about our favorite hot beverages at the Tea & Coffee Festival at the Southbank Centre May 6-8. Enjoy a full program of roasting demos, tea ceremonies and lessons in scone and cake making to accompany your next cuppa.
- Always a favorite with locals, the Brick Lane Curry Festival is now in its 11th year. Sample traditional Indian and Bangladeshi curries from 40 participating restaurants. Brick Lane is now officially designated as the “Olympic Curry Village” for the 2012 Olympics in London! A family-friendly street party kicks off at on May 8 from noon to 8pm with parades, performers and musicians.
flickr image: Gary Knight
- And finally we would have our spatulas revoked if we didn’t mention London’s weekly gourmet food market Borough Market, open Thursday – Sunday. Rich in British and international produce, the market, set under the railway arches, is a maze of culinary delights.