Big news for foodies – Waterloo Food Festival is returning this summer!A firm favourite with fans of the South Bank (London’s perennially popular tourist-trap), this gastronomic extravaganza deliversinventivelyterrific treats and irrepressibly appetising creations for everyone – so that means people who flock to the city for short-breaks as well as London locals.
Hosted in the Waterloo area then, which is just a scone’s throw from the Thames and the South Bank, this month-or-so-long event’s the perfect excuse – should the weather behave itself – to slip on your shades, throw on your flowery dress, don your flip flops and mix with all the food-crazy folk at a fantastically family-friendly food festival.
And, don’t doubt it, Waterloo’s the ideal venue for this collection of cracking events, being jam-packed full of cafés, restaurants, pubs, bars and specialist food outlets that are only too happy to collaborate as they come together each summer to stage exclusive food and drink tastings, demonstrations and more.
Indeed, thanks to Waterloo’s location (the district that surrounds the famous Waterloo mainline and Tube station), it’s far from hard to reach – it may be south of the river, but it’s very much in the centre of London. And thanks to the supreme transport links offered by Waterloo station, it’s very easy to get to via the Tube, bus or taxi from wherever you’ve made your base during your visit to London – whether that’s west (in the Piccadilly area perhaps) or east (maybe at the Montcalm hotel at The Brewery London City).
The line-up then at the Waterloo Food Festival July 2016, following its evening food-fair launch on Friday 2ndJuly held opposite the iconic Old Vic theatre, offers upso many tasty morsels. You might try cocktail-making events or family fêtes boasting not just delicious smells and tastes for you to sample, but a plethora of perfect summer fun and frolics. Also on the menu are ‘Super Saturdays’, to be held at Lower Marsh Market, which will bring hungry weekend visitors to Waterloo not just for the taste-offerings, but also for showcases of new food-based start-ups, a vintage car fair and the capital’s favourite mod-friendly event Scoot The Thames, a rev-tastic treat for fans of Vespas and Lambrettas, for sure!
You might also want to check out:
• Sunday Night Jazz (Baltic bar on Sunday 3rd, 10th,17th, 24thand 31st July) – smooth tunes from some of the top artists on the London jazz circuit accompanied by even smoother drinks
• Mojito Masterclass (Cubana bar on Monday 4th and 18thJuly) – learn how to mix that perfect mint-based cocktail concoction
• Gin Masterclass (Waterloo Sky Bar at H10 on Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27thJuly) – meet and chat to experts from the best gin distilleries; a complimentary cocktail’s handed out to all attendees on arrival
• Taste Greensmiths (Greensmiths green grocers on Saturday 9thJuly) – try wonderful cheeses, meats and other produce at this popular independent outlet
• Cuban Street Food Tasting (Cubana bar on Monday 11thJuly) – taste slow-cooked Cuban dishes, in addition to tapas, barbacoa and other Latin American efforts cooked on a robata grill; vegies are more than welcome too!
• Meet the Brewer: Tasting & Table Quiz (The Walrus Bar and Hostel on Thursday 14thJuly) – try out some of Southwark Brewery’s greatest beers and then take part in a light-hearted pub quiz from 6pm onwards
• Food Festival for Kids: Treat Making at Oasis Playspace (Wednesday 20thJuly, 10am-12noon) – an opportunity for your little rascals to get their hands dirty as they get creative; an ideal opportunity for a family picnic afterwards.
Finally, to be sure you make the most of all the special offers, bargains, competitions, opportunities and events going on throughout the festival, pick up a free‘Gastro Passport’ – they’re available at all participating retailers from Friday 1stJuly.