27-29 August 2016
Reviewed by Emma Rogers
Are you into your food? I mean, into artisan food, locally grown, fresh farm produce or new ideas for recipes or a twist on something classic? The Foodies Festival is an outdoor event for families, showcasing food stuffs from around Britain, as well as many pop-up restaurants, bars and some live music to entertain you. Sample food from around Britain (cheeses, chilli sauces, wines and beers) and some favourites too from the bigger names like popcorn and crisps from Tyrrells and pasta sauces from Seeds of Change. There’s some demonstrations throughout the day from lots of chefs, which you have to register to watch when you enter the arena. Nearly every stall is giving away some kind of free sample, but if it’s a proper meal you’re after, you can sit in one of the bars or in the communal eating area and choose from hamburgers, omelettes, Prosecco bars and specialty sausage outlets to sit and while away the time.
Access is via Alexandra Palace and the event is in the South Field, so there’s a bit of a walk down the hill – take the cross country stroller because it’s not easy to get to with little ones! Under 12s go free, but I would suggest that this was for older children because there isn’t a lot there to do for babies and toddlers and there’s not anywhere to park. Toilets are provided but there are no stroller parks or provisions for baby changing. You can spend as long as you want in the grounds, but we were there about an hour, and that was long enough unless you really wanted to see every single demonstration.
This Bank Holiday weekend you can see MasterChef Winner 2016 Jane Devonshire and Celebrity Chef Ed Baines, MasterChef’s Dhruv Baker and Tony Rodd. Jamie Laing (Made In Chelsea) will be decorating a cake Candy Kitten style with ‘The Burlesque Baker’ Charlotte White (check timetables for details).
So if you are a foodie, why not pop on down this Bank Holiday weekend and sample some new delights.
Tickets cost £16 for a day ticket, £25 for a 3 day ticket and £48 for a daily VIP ticket. Children under 12 go free. For more information or to book tickets online visit www.foodiesfestival.com/alexandra-food-festival.
If you miss the Alexandra Palace Foodies Festial you can always catch the next one in Oxford from 2-4 September 2016.
Foodies Festival Alexandra Palace, Lower Field, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY