Wednesday, 26 June 2013

EVENT: FEAST, Battersea Park, Battersea

This year's brand new food festival - appropriately named FEAST, is set to become one of London's main foodie attractions of the summer. Advertising itself as London's biggest picnic (feast) it will be opening up over the August weekend, Friday 16th - Sunday 18th August. Not that I'm a sun worshiper, but on record that weekend is notoriously a warm one - fingers crossed for this year!
Set in the idyllic Battersea Park, FEAST are inviting you to join some of the city's hottest traders in food and drink. Its going to boast the UK's largest selection of restaurants, street and artisan food, all in one place - I think a full weekend ticket is in order. The mammoth choice will be filled with all types of food, from pop-up restaurants, street food vendors, artisan producers, a farmers market, vintage tea rooms, seaside food stalls and BBQ tents - the list is endless. Of course with such an array of foods, there will be plenty of wine, beer and ciders to wash it all down with - somewhere I plan to be standing next to a lot, standing is probably wishful thinking - more like laying/collapsing.
All these different types of food now even have their own designated areas, each with of them enabling you to enjoy your food and drink, in their natural (artificial) surroundings. With the chefs theatre, Joze Pizarro and the magnificent Pizza Pilgrims will be putting on lots of demos. The Farm, will be serving up delicious ales, vintage tea, a good hoedown, music and ranch skill classes with live animals. I could go on forever writing about all of the attraction over the weekend, so instead i've copied the rest straight off the press release below for your enjoyment!

BBQ ARENA – enjoy a hog-roast, watch the hourly BBQ classes or compete against fellow festival-goers in the Man vs Meat competitions.
FOODIES BY THE SEA – escape to the seaside and relax on a deckchair at the FEAST beach and enjoy entertainment including Punch and Judy, sand art and fire dancing.  The nearby seaside food huts offer top-notch British beach-food including cockles, mussels and artisan ice-creams including Custom Creams liquid-nitrogen organic ice-creams and sorbets.
STREET FOOD AVENUE - serving a huge selection of ready-to-eat hot and cold food from around the world including exotic meats, tapas, churros, burritos, Moroccan tagines, South American prime beef, sausages, pizza, Jamaican and Thai street food plus London’s favourite, Jun Tanaka’s Street Kitchen.
FARMERS’ MARKET – FEAST has brought together a superb selection of artisan producers selling and sampling everything from sauces, pickles and jams, to cakes, cured meats and chocolate.  The market area incorporates a cookware section where passionate home-cooks can indulge in some retail therapy.
THE VINEYARD – selling a unique selection of wine and champagne from around the world, and featuring an open-air theatre with hourly tastings and masterclasses from the experts, The Vineyard is a wine-lovers paradise.
MASTERCLASSES – learn how to make sushi, cocktails and truffles at the hourly masterclasses in the dedicated tents throughout the site – sign up on entry.
CHILDREN’S COOKERY THEATRE – FEAST is a family-friendly festival where children are encouraged to get involved and learn more about eating and cooking healthy food at these regular hands-on cookery sessions.
PING PONG ZONE – arguably the best outdoor game of the summer.
THE SPEAKEASY – escape the crowds and listen to chilled beats from top DJs with a cocktail in the FEAST speakeasy.  Discover the password to get in.
VIP TENT – VIP tickets holders can relax with a glass of champagne and collect their goody bags at the Bedouin-themed tent and garden.
ENTERTAINMENT STAGE – no festival would be complete without good music and the FEAST stage showcases an eclectic mix of acts playing jazz, soul, blues, acoustic and R&B throughout the 3-day event.
On top of all the attractions ten of London's restaurants such as Boqueria, and Mazi and Mango Tree are popping-up at FEAST, serving a different style of food for visitors to enjoy on huge feasting tables in the gigantic FEAST Tent, situated at the centre of the festival.
Boqueria, who were voted Good Food Guide’s ‘London Restaurant of the Year’ had to say this about FEAST, “We're delighted to be part of the Feast Festival, it's an amazing way to connect with our customers and for people to get to know about us. It's also huge fun for our kitchen to be outside cooking and preparing things from scratch in front of an audience, can't wait”
Ticket prices for the festival come in at £22 for a standard ticket, or £48 for VIP. Luckily for you i’ve manahed ro get hold of an earlybird 2-4-1 ticket offer, saving you 50% on the standard entry - just enter the code ‘FEAST241’ at the checkout when purchasing your tickets here.
If that wasn't enough! Correctly answer the below competition to be in with a chance of winning a pair of standard tickets. 

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED - Congratulations to Ceri Anderson
Which restaurant featuring this year at FEAST festival was voted Good Food Guide’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’.
A: Salt Yard
B: Boqueria
C: Jose Pizarro
E-mail your answers to or in the comments box below with contact details. The winner will be chosen at random and notified 24 hours after closing date. Closing date for entries is 31st July 2013.
Good Luck! And do let me know if your going - I need an alcoholic armrest.

1 comment:

  1. Answer - B: Boqueria