High summer is here (apparently), so get outdoors and sample some of the tastiest events happening in and around London, from Friday 7 August
This week you could be mingling at a rooftop night market one minute and lapping up coconut water mocktails the next. So get out there – those sliders won't devour themselves …
Visit Louisiana by way of London
The latest pop up venture, Po' Boys (named after the blissful 'po' boy' sandwich of deep-fried breaded shrimp in a crusty baguette, oozing with remoulade sauce) have tucked themselves into a hidden steelyard in Vauxhall and are serving up five courses of New Orleans-inspired amazingness. Essentially, if you like the sound of four-layered Mississippi mud pies, hurricane cocktails and funky jazz then this is your jam.
It's a communal dining event so you'll literally be rubbing shoulders with the rest of London's foodie crowd once the secret gate opens at a very civilised time of 7pm.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 August to 27 September, tickets £35. Book here.
Go back to skool
There'll be no FOMO at hipster hangout Drink Shop & Do this Friday as they host a night of nostalgia featuring old skool beats and old skool sweets to celebrate their 5th birthday. Things will kick off with dance floor pass-the-parcel, followed by a risqué version of pin-the-tail-on-the … Gosh. DJ Huw, 'the master of retro beats' will be covering the dance floor where movers and shakers can expect to be showered with haribo throughout the eve.
Warning: this event requires a sweet tooth and a love of disco choons.
Friday 7 August, free before 10pm, or £3 after. Book here.
Try gourmet street food – on top of a carpark
Two words: carpark feasting. It might not sound glam but open-air Urban Food Festival overlooking Shoreditch High Street is home to one of London's most bustling street food scenes with 15 food trucks and stalls that change weekly. So, will it be an Indian pulled lamb bun, the oreo mille-feuille or a helping of vegan arrabiata?
Either way, the floral-inspired cocktails and craft beers are ever-flowing, all to the sound of the city's edgiest live singers. Thus making East London's Euro Car Parks the place to be on a Saturday evening. Don't forget to tweet 'em your burger selfies, don't be shy now: @urbanfoodfest.
Every Saturday midday-midnight throughout summer, free entry.
Tuck in with the kids
We're midway through the summer holidays so it's inevitable that the kids are starting to get itchy feet. But don't sweat, the Kingston Food Festival is a family affair, with both a special children's festival and live food show taking over the Market Place.
With facepainting, Jamie Oliver food workshops and cupcake decorating classes throughout the day, it means the little ones can learn how to make a pukka carbonara, watch live demos and pipe cream cheese frosting, all while shrouded in pink glitter paint, if they so wish.
Saturday 8 August, 11am-4pm, free entry.
Go loco for coconut water
Wondering what all this malarky about coconut water is? Get yourself to BOXPARK where innocent's first-ever Coconut Water Hole has all the answers. And by all the answers, we mean all the coconut water mocktails you can slurp.
If this doesn't sound coconutty enough, there's also an innocent coconut shy and coconut beauty treatments on offer, plus an authentic steel band, all in honour of the great hairy fruit (though, did you know that a coconut is in fact a fruit, nut and seed all at the same time? Mind. Blown.)
Tuesday 11 August, free entry.
Taste Malouf's Middle Eastern menu
The very swish The Imperial on the King's Road is switching its British-inspired menu in favour of Greg Malouf's tasty fare. The modern-Middle-Eastern-masterchef will be taking over the kitchen for three days and teaming up with Chateau Musar – esteemed Lebanese wine maker, don'tcha know?
Dinner only Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 August, four-course sharing menu £60pp. Book here.
Say 'cheers' at the Olympia
And to round off the week, make it a boozy one. The Great British Beer Festival is bursting with over 540 beers on tap with record numbers of people flocking to clink their pint glasses. There's everything from pale ale to punchy perries, and for those off gluten and wheat there's a healthy number to choose from, too – it is 2015 after all.
Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 August, tickets £12. Book here.