You can have the world on a plate in London this week. Here's what's happening from Friday 11 September
As a wise man once (almost) said, "When you're tired of London, you're tired of eating."
This week you can go to a village fair, a harvest festival on a farm, a pizza feast, an African street food festival and a celebration of food from across the Middle East – all within the M25. Hurrah!
Take a peek at the new Modern Pantry
Anna Hansen has been queen of the brunch scene for years now, so fans of her signature sugar-cured prawn omelette will be salivating at the news that she's opened a second outpost of The Modern Pantry in Finsbury Square.
Expect the same big, bold fusion flavours of the Clerkenwell original in a grander city-setting, with a bonus 18-seater tapas bar where you can watch the kitchen in action and eat dishes like smoked cassava and fenugreek croquettes, dhansak spiced rose veal mince omelette and lamb cutlet with nettle and pistachio pesto. Try not to fall off your stool in delight.
Opens Friday 11 September.
Grab a nice slice at London Pizza Festival
We know, we know – it's basically ridiculous that it's taken so long for London to get its first pizza festival. After all, as a city we're barely happier than with a slice in our hands and melted cheese on our chins.
But now's your chance to make up for lost time, when Young and Foodish's Pizza Festival lands at Borough Market this Sunday. Ticket price includes six quarter-pizzas from the likes of Honest Crust, Bertha's and Sud Italia, and a beer to wash it all down. Guest stars and pizza legends Francesco and Salvatore Salvo will also be flying in from Naples to show the Brits how it's done.
1:30-6:30pm, Sunday 13 September. Tickets £30. Book here.
Win fayre and square in Hackney
For all those times you've wished London was just like the countryside, Hackney Village Fayre is pitching up in Hoxton Square this Saturday.
Like your average village 'fayre', there will be a coconut shy, tombola, games, races and face-painting. Unlike your average village fayre, however, there will be refreshments from the likes of MEATMission, Hoi Polloi, Bistrotheque and The Panthers Whiskers, cocktails by Happiness Forgets and craft beer by Biercraft. Even better, all profits go to charity. You can't say fayrer than that.
12pm-6pm, Saturday 12 September. Entry free.
Surround yourself with spices at the African Street Food Takeover
As part of the four-day Africa Utopia event at the South Bank Centre, Pop Up Africa is bringing the best in African flavour to London's riverside. Never tried curried goat or Ethiopian injera? Now's your chance!
Over 30 food stalls will be filling the air with the scents and spices of the continent's best cuisine, with offerings from across Africa. Eat your way from Lagos to Lilongwe and back again.
12pm-5pm, Friday 11 to Sunday 13 September. Free entry. Find out more here.
Be an urban bumpkin at Surrey Docks Farm
What better way to round off a bountiful summer than with a lovely muddy festival? Harvest Festival, that is. Pop your wellies on and head to Surrey Docks Farm this Saturday, where you'll be able to eat barbecued local and farm produce, watch a sausage-making demonstration, meet the animals and, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase 'playing with your food', listen to a vegetable orchestra. Naturally.
Entry to the farm is free, but donations welcome.
Give peace a chance at The Conflict Cafe
With war and suffering barely out of the headlines, London's most peaceful pop-up returns for a timely month of food and conversation. Run by the NGO International Alert, The Conflict Cafe will serve food from different areas with peace-building projects (starting with Syria), in an effort to help Londoners and visitors 'break bread for peace'.
As well as sampling Syrian, Nepalese, Colombian, Armenian or Turkish cuisine, diners will be encouraged to chat to strangers sharing their table and talk to experts to find out more about the world's biggest conflicts. Get in quick for the Middle Eastern brunch on Sunday, cooked by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich from the much-lauded Honey & Co. It's sure to be nourishing in more ways than one.
Saturday 13 September to Saturday 3 October. Tickets from £19.50. Book here.
Like this? Then try these:
- The five coolest things on the menu at Meatopia
- The old BBC building is being turned into a street food pop-up
- Your ultimate guide to brunch at home
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