London is fast becoming one of the most exciting foodie cities in the world, as with a melting pot of cultures comes with it a cauldron of cuisines. From market stall eats to Michelin star restaurants, savoury dishes to sweet treats, there’s a new experience waiting for you at every turn. And the culinary scene has become a popular theme for festivals too, with several new events popping up every single year. After all, a day spent eating top quality grub at a London food festival sounds like a pretty perfect day.
Whether you’re a local, passing through or on your city break, here’s our recommended list of London food festivals we think you should visit:
Considered the culinary event of the summer, Taste London has it all. Tasty street food stalls, cookery masterclasses, new products for sale, and your foodie heroes cooking up a storm right before your very own eyes during live demonstrations. Attracting over 50,000 people to Regent’s Park every June, this alfresco event offers more than 40 signature dishes from London’s trendiest restaurants, as well as some exclusive extras you won’t find anywhere else. With plenty of complimentary and paid for activities to get your teeth into, be sure to turn up hungry to Taste London.
Taste London at Regent's Park:
The Magical Merlink Route, Stop: Baker Street
The London Dessert Festival
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss The London Dessert Festival. Promising to take you on a voyage of discovery, your senses will be bombarded through scents, textures, sights, sounds, and of course not forgetting taste. You’ll think you’ve stepped into Willy Wonka’s factory as you pass the melting chocolate wall, a ceiling of raining sprinkles and an ice cream with toppings station like no other. There are four immersive zones to enjoy: chocolate, patisserie, frozen treats and vegan, and all the latest trends covered like freakshakes, bubble waffles and cocktail-flavoured sorbets. And we’ve not even mentioned appearances from the biggest names in gastronomy yet. Only running for a couple days in August, choose your friends wisely when you visit this London food festival, as not all designer doughnuts are made for sharing…
London Brunch Fest
A lazy Sunday brunch is a fine thing, and a tasty trend that has exploded in London the last couple of years. From the standard English breakfast, to the more experimental kind, and the bottomless prosecco addition, it’s by far the best meal of the weekend (now acceptable any day of the week). And to celebrate this delightful time of day, London Brunch Fest brings together all the ingredients needed to honour this menu for a weekend at the end of August. There’s panel discussions, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and of course plenty of dishes to sample and wow over. All washed down with tea, coffee, Bloody Marys and prosecco. Browse the marketplace selling all things brunch and visit the Sweet Street to satisfy any cravings. With a DJ set to dine to, a visit to this London food festival will have you signing up to the smashed avocado on toast brigade in no time.
If a weekend of meat, drink, fire and music sounds good to you, Meatopia should be top of your list of London food festivals to visit. Founded in the US and brought to Tobacco Dock by chef Richard H Turner, this festival celebrates high quality, ethically sourced meat at its best. There’s grilling, smoking and curing to whet your appetite, by more than 40 chefs from London’s biggest restaurants. Featuring live music, headlines DJs, inviting workshops and live chef demos. Highlights to date have included the whole pit-cooked Highland cow, smoked nose-to-tail ragu and three-way beef with dripping toast. Need we say more?
So there you have our recommended list of London food festivals too tasty to miss. A line-up to satisfy just about every craving. And when you’ve sampled all you can eat, witnessed a live demo and dabbled at a workshop, you can sit back and relax on a Big Bus tour for a day or two of sightseeing while you digest. For more ideas on how to fill the rest of your time in this diverse city, check out our 3 Days in London itinerary.