The Gourmet’s Guide to London’s Food Festivals


With more and more people self-identifying as ‘foodies’, food festivals are big news, and London plays host to some of the biggest and best you’ll find anywhere in the world. If you’re looking to get away from plain old restaurants in the West End, London has some amazing food festivals on offer for you to explore.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration to try out some new recipes for yourself, want to sample some exotic cuisine from all corners of the globe, or simply have a fun-filled day out in a foodie’s paradise, there’s something for everyone at London’s food festivals this year.

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Taste of London

The capital will be buzzing as the Taste of London pitches up. The event provides five days of eating and drinking as well as serving up a large portion of live entertainment to top it all off. With plenty of opportunities to get involved with hands-on tutorials and cooking classes, as well as pop-up restaurants and the chance to meet some of the world’s leading chefs, this is one of the summer’s biggest food festivals.

Taste of London runs from June 14th – 18th at Regents Park, London. Tickets are available from £17 for adults / £10 for children over 6 (free for infants).

Carnaby Street Eat

Live music, food trucks galore, and the very best from Soho’s finest eateries converge at Carnaby Street Eat. Situated in the heart of London’s West End, signature dishes will be served in this outdoor culinary extravaganza.

Carnaby Street Eat takes place on June 3rd in Carnaby Street, London. Admission is free, and taster dishes start at just £5.

The Real Wine Fair

An exuberant celebration of the finest in organic wine, the Real Wine Fair makes for a remarkable day out in London. Join in with thousands of other wine buffs enjoying the best in artisan wines, from regions as far reaching as France, South Africa and Georgia.

The Real Wine Fair takes place on May 7th at Tobacco Dock, London. Tickets are available in advance for £20 / £25 on the door.

The London Coffee Festival

Caffeine addicts will be delighted at the London Coffee Festival, returning once again for an even bigger and better 2017. Offering an eclectic mixture of gourmet food stalls, world-class barista demonstrations and more.

The London Coffee Festival runs from 12th – 15th April at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.


A US import gaining some serious traction in the UK, Meatopia is certainly not one for vegetarians – celebrating ‘rare breed’ meat and world-class preparation with an ethical twist. Described by organisers as a ‘weekend-long love affair with meat, drink, fire and music’, the event is fast becoming legendary for carnivores everywhere.

Meatopia runs from September 1st – 3rd at Tobacco Dock, London. Admission starts at £22.50.

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