Londoners in search of a Bank Holiday Weekend filled with food, fun and friends should head to Foodies Festival at Alexandra Palace Park 27-29 August as the UK's biggest celebration of food and drink returns to the capital with a lip-smacking line-up of foodie fun.
The ever-expanding Street Food Avenue is the highlight of the festival, featuring some of London's favourite street food traders as well as flavours and delicacies from around the world for you to 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, 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 Maze Grill and Arnaud Stevens of Sixtyone who will cook their signature recipes and share top tips for you to take away 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.
After a day of feasting and fun, 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 Appleton Estate Rum Bus, Giant Pimm's Teapot and Mojito Ship.
If you're 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.
Children 12 and under go free. Dogs permitted on a short lead.
Alexandra Palace, Wood Green
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