It’s hard to leave a food festival without feeling a teeny bit guilty….
Normally because you’ve just dedicated a whole day to stuffing your face with as much food as possible. However, at Soho Food Feast, those feelings of guilt are a little less severe.
That’s because the gluttony is all in aid of a cracking cause – the festival’s main goal is to raise funds for Soho Parish Primary, so that they can continue to support and finance new students.
How does it manage that then? Only by inviting over 30 of Soho’s finest eating establishments to sling snack-sized versions of their signature dishes at just £2.50 a pop, with all proceeds going straight to the school.
As is custom, this year’s shindig is set to take place at St Anne’s Churchyard Gardens – between the 18th and 19th of June – and the lineup of restaurant’s lending a helping hand is a good ‘un. You’ve got modern Indian from Kricket and Gunpowder; American comfort from Ritas; homegrown classics from Dean Street Townhouse; and Taiwanese street eats from Bao, to name a few. There will of course also be plenty of drink on hand to chase it all down with, from cocktails to beer and wine (as well as non- alcoholic options for those abstaining).
If you can find the discipline to pull yourself away from the food stalls, there’ll also be cooking demos, food talks and live music… all the usual food festival shenanigans. There’ll also be a raffle loaded with handy prizes like family tickets to Camp Bestival (ey-oh), an overnight stay at the Ham Yard Hotel and a variety of restaurant vouchers. The kids get their fair share here too, via face-painting, arts and crafts, a junior bake off, and the return of the vegetable sculpture competition.
Finally you can be proud of them for playing with their food.
NOTE: Soho Food Feast takes place from the 18th-19th of June. Tickets cost £15 (free for children under 16) and you can then get the food tokens for £2.50 upon entry. Purchase tickets here.
ALSO NOTE: The food does run out (in the past by 3-4pm), so it’s better to arrive early than fashionably late if you want to snare the popular stuff.
St Anne’s Gardens | Wardour Street, W1D 6QZ
Words: Rupert Hohwieler
Of course if you’re more into the whole sitting down in an actual restaurant thing….you can choose to do that at all of these amazing Soho eateries too.