TOAST Festival @ Red Gallery
TOAST is a weekend-long celebration of food and ideas, bringing together chefs, restaurateurs, writers, entrepreneurs and producers to discuss and debate the big ideas behind what Londoners eat and drink. Taking place at Red Gallery in Shoreditch, this new food festival will feature debates on sustainability, entrepreneurship and the future of food writing, a food photography workshop, an urban foraging walk and a talk from Bompas & Parr talk on toasting. There’ll be food from Street Kitchen, a coffee bar from Dunnefrankowski, a pop-up cookbook shop from Daunt and an after-party bash at the brilliant Rotary Bar and Diner. We’ll toast to that.
Foodies Festival @ Clapham Common
It’s been running for eight years in various locations across the country but this year, the Foodies Festival comes to Clapham Common for the first time. Features include a Cake and Bake Theatre where the audience can join in with a live ‘bake-along’, a Chocolate Theatre to showcase the world of chocolate and confectionary with masterclasses and tastings, a BBQ arena, with hourly BBQ classes teaching you how to get the most from cooking outdoors, pop-up restaurant tents from Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa and Randall & Aubin, a Street Food Avenue, World Food pagodas, a beach area serving cream teas, live music, a wine village and an open topped double decker bar bus. Here’s hoping it stays dry!
Hot Wings Challenge @ Lazy Bones
You might remember we took part in a hot wings challenge at the Blues Kitchen last year, all in the name of investigative journalism of course. For any wannabe Adam Richmans who missed it that time, you can have another go on 8th June at Lazy Bones in Farringdon, home of the chilli wing and chilli mojito. All you need to do is to finish a plate of 12 hot wings and a chilli mojito in under 15 minutes to get your meal for free. Sounds easy right?! The quickest to finish will then win free hot wings for a year. Whether they’ll actually want to eat any more hot wings after that is another matter.
Crawfish Boil with the Basin Street Brawlers @ Blues Kitchen
June sees the return of the Blues Kitchen’s annual Crawfish Boil. For £20 a head, guests will be treated to an authentic southern crawfish dinner, where buckets of fresh crawfish will be cooked in creole spiced stock and served at communal tables. Just like they do it in Louisiana, there’ll be plenty of cold beer flowing, and a live music soundtrack provided by The Basin Street Brawlers ragtime orchestra. Wear something that’s machine washable and prepare to get messy…
School of Grub @ Paradise by Way of Kensal Green
Not much would force us to go back to school, but we might be prepared to try out the Paradise’s School of Grub. The West London gastropub launches a new summer event series this month, hosted by some of Britain’s best food producers, artisans and critics. Book in for a cheese dinner with Blur musician and farmer Alex James, a butchery course by The Ginger Pig, Paul Young’s chocolate master class, and oysters & cocktails with Mother Shuckers & Sipsmith. School term ends with a foodie quiz hosted by head mistress Kate Spicer.
RibStock @ Street Feast Merchant’s Yard
After selling out 500 tickets in under four minutes last year, Ribstock, the competition to crown the UK’s best rib chef and restaurant, returns in a much bigger space this month, with 700 tickets on sale. At £50 each, they ain’t cheap but that will get you 10 rib tastings, plus two beers, a killer festival sized cocktail and access to a big street party with live music and DJs.