July is the month for feasting in London as Foodies Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary North and South of the River at Alexandra Palace, 3,4,5th, July and Clapham Common 24,25,26th.
Festival-goers can join the culinary celebrations in the New Tasting Theatre, where local experts invite visitors to try the latest foods and learn new skills including Oyster Shucking, Bee Keeping, Cheese Selecting, Foraging, Raw and Vegan foods, and Herb Cocktail Making.
To toast Foodies’ big year, a Wine and Champagne Theatre hosts tutored tastings with experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe who will guide visitors through this season’s best British bubblies from the UK and around the world. But I’m most interested in beer expert Melissa Cole hosts masterclasses in the New Craft Beer Theatre, matching foods with locally produced craft beers.
Summer cooking inspiration comes from the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre with Michelin-starred and celebrity chefs cooking favourite dishes from their summer menus, inspiring the audience to recreate these dishes at home for friends and family and experiment with new flavours and ingredients. Confirmed chefs include:
– Tony Rodd – MasterChef 2015 finalist
– Emma Spitzer – MasterChef 2015 finalist
– John Whaite – Great British Bake Off Winner
– Aldo Zilli – TV Chef
– Rakesh Ravindran Nair – The Cinnamon Club
– Adam Handling – Adam Handling at Caxton
– Alex Theibaut – Maze (Gordon Ramsay)
– Anna Haugh – London House (Gordon Ramsay)
– Arnaud Stevens – SixtyOne
– Andrew Jones – The Chamberlain
– Maria Tampakis – Heddon Street Kitchen
– Gerald Mirey – The Narrow
– MasterChef finalists Saira Hamilton and Jackie Kearney
– Peter Joseph – Tamarind
– Daniel Kerr -T.E.D
– Ping Coombes – MasterChef winner 2014
– John Whaite – Great British Bake Off winner 2012
– Adam Handling – MasterChef: The Professionals finalist 2013
– Ben Tish – Saltyard
– Anna Haugh – London House
– Paul Shearing – Bread Street Kitchen
– Owen Sullivan – Maze Grill Park Walk
– Kim Woodward – York & Albany
– Aldo Zilli – TV Chef
– Moran Etedgi – Brew
– Jacques Fourie – Ember Yard
– Jesse Dunford Wood – PARLOUR
– Saira Hamilton – Small Aubergine
– Mat Follas – The Casterbridge and MasterChef winner
The Cake & Bake Theatre is an inspiration for passionate bakers with top local cake makers and bakeries sharing their tips for baking delicious summer cakes.
The Street Food Avenue is a feasting hub at the heart of the festival, offering a huge selection of hot and cold dishes from around the world. Japanese, Thai, Brazilian, Argentinian, Indian, Mexican, French and African are just some of the cuisines visitors can tuck into at communal tables in the Feasting Tent.
A BBQ Arena hosts grilling experts who will share their favourite recipes for fans of outdoor dining and King of the Grill Challenges take place throughout the day. For those brave – or foolish enough – the famous Chilli Eating Competition challenges those who like it spicy to try and break the current record of 14 varieties of chillies eaten to win the Chilli Eating Crown.
Tickets: Tickets are on sale now at www.foodiesfestival.com or by calling 0844 995 1111
Friday adult day ticket £12.00 (£10.00 concession)
Saturday or Sunday adult day ticket £15.00 (£13.00 concession)
3-day adult ticket £25.00 (£18.00 concession)
Friday VIP ticket £45.00*
Saturday or Sunday VIP ticket £48.00*
*VIP tickets include a welcome glass of bubbly, access to the VIP tent with private bar and refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, a goody bag and a showguide.
All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.