BRITISH FOOD FORTNIGHT
From the royal family and Big Ben to that famously eccentric sense of humour, there’s plenty to love about British culture. From 23 September until 8 October, London will be home to a delicious celebration of one of the best parts of this rich tradition: British cuisine. The British Food Fortnight is set to serve up a series of eclectic events designed to highlight the best of British food, from the age-old London harvest festival to hip foodie events.
Here are some of the most mouth-watering events taking place:
London City Harvest Festival - 30 September
Get back to basics with the London City Harvest Festival: an annual celebration of all the community farming and growing taking place across the capital. Hosted by Capel Manor College in North London, attendees are invited to meet animals both great and small - from Shire horses to ferrets - and cast their eye over the enchanting displays of produce. There will also be a honey show, a dog agility show, blacksmith and food demonstrations, stalls and refreshments, and a wide range of interactive activities.
The festival will be open from 10am to 5pm, and tickets cost £7 for adults, £6 for concessions and £4 for children. Alternatively, invest in a family ticket for £20.
Fenton House and Garden Apple Weekend - 23 to 24 September
Visit Fenton’s gorgeous 300-year-old orchard and magical walled gardens for a taste of old England. The National Trust property’s Apple Weekend offers visitors the chance to taste a variety of old English apples and juice from its trees. As well as the fresh juices, teas, ciders and cocktails, there will be local produce on offer, hot food, cake stalls, as well as activities for the kids, including badge making, apple juicing and giant lawn games.
Adult tickets cost £9, while entry for children is just £4. The venue will be open from 11am until 5pm.
Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie - 22 September until 8 October
Head to the iconic Oxo Tower and tuck into a special British-themed tasting menu developed especially for the British Food Fortnight. The menu champions high-quality homegrown ingredients, and each mouth-watering course is paired with a sumptuous English wine from the restaurant’s extensive list. And with all that delicious food on offer, it would be a shame to sample only the one dish, which is why the Oxo Tower Restaurant and Brasserie is offering six courses.
Tuck into the splendid six-course meal for £85, or indulge yourself in a different English wine with each course for £130.
Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival - 24 September
Experience a truly eccentric slice of London’s culture by joining the fabulous Pearly Kings and Queens at their harvest festival celebration at Guildhall Yard. The Pearly Kings and Queens - dressed in their iconic black suits covered in hundreds of shining pearl buttons - are an unforgettable sight at any point of the year, but this is their biggest annual event! Watch as they celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest with traditional entertainment in the yard, before parading to St Mary Le Bow Church for a service of thanksgiving. Attendees can anticipate quirky English traditions including Morris Dancing, maypole dancing and marching bands.
The free entertainment kicks off at 12pm, but be sure to arrive early to secure a seat.
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