Places to go, dishes to eat … The best food fun in London from Friday 18 September
Don't let the grey days make you blue this week – put some colour on your plate instead! Here are the brightest, nicest and spiciest goings-on London has to offer.
Spice up your life at Malaysia Night 2015
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Malaysia bang in the middle of London on Friday 18 September by heading down to Trafalgar Square for the sixth annual Malaysia Night. A riotous celebration of Malaysian flavour, there'll be cookery demos, live entertainment and traditional ingredients to buy, plus the chance to expand your knowledge beyond 'that coconutty soup they do in Pret' by sampling dishes from London's top Mayalsian restaurants.
Try treats like spicy-sour fish soup Penang assam laksa, fragrant pulled beef rendang wrap, sweet curried egg noodles and condensed milk with rose cordial. With dishes cheaper than £5, you can afford to do a pretty comprehensive tour.
Grab a damned fine cup of coffee at the Twin Peaks pop-up
We've been waiting what feels like forever for the Twin Peaks immersive dining experience to arrive and finally it's here! Or is it …?
No, it really is. The Owls Are Not What They Seem is being run at a top-secret location by an almighty collab between events wizards Lemonade & Laughing Gas and food artists Blanch & Shock. It promises to drop you right into the midst of TV's most intriguing town and surround you with bizarre mysteries, surreal encounters and – naturally – diner food favourites (cherry pie and something claiming to be 'coffee'). Dinner tickets for the first few nights are already sold out, but there are still bar tickets available and dinner tickets from Friday. Move fast and tell no one.
Brunch, munch and boogie at Slap Ya Papa
Why would you choose between dinner and a dancefloor when you can get both under one roof? New Orleans-inspired supper club Slap Ya Papa are bringing their unique brand of Southern hospitality to The Vaults in Waterloo this week and next. Their Bayou Banquets is a steamy, foot-stomping, belly-filling fest of Louisianan soul food and live blues, jazz, funk and soul.
We particularly like the look of this Sunday's Bayou Brunch, promising creamy cheese grits and eggs, bacon, sausage, cornbread and bourbon Bloody Mary's, washed down with a side of blues from local harmonica legend Errol Linton. Hangover? What hangover?
Get your jam judged at City Harvest Festival
Harvest Festivals are all the rage right now, and London isn't about to miss out. Head up to Capel Manor Gardens in Enfield this Saturday for a 'country show with an urban twist', featuring animals, crafts and gorgeous local produce from city farms and community gardens across London.
Most exciting of all, you can enter your homemade jam, chutney or jelly in Capel's local preserve competition. Just like the real countryside!
Shoot the breeze at Tequila and Mezcal Fest
Tequila, it makes you happy. And while that's not necessarily been scientifically proven, the folks at the UK's second tequila and mezcal festival are going to try their darndest to convince us. Held this weekend in Spitalfields, it rounds up the country's best agave experts to take your hand and guide you through the potent world of Mexico's traditional spirits.
Don't worry, there'll be more to eat than just lemon slices – you'll be able to tuck into tacos, taquitos, tamales and more from the likes of Wahaca, Condesa and Café Pacifico. Just one rule to remember: sip, don't slam.
Eat burgers for breakfast at Patty & Bun
A stalwart of the London burger scene (yes, it's a scene), Patty & Bun is well known for its perfect trimmings like glazed brioche buns, rosemary salted chips and smoky burger sauce – so it's not such a leap to imagine that these guys could rustle up a damned good brunch, too.
At the new London Fields branch, The Arch, you can eat smoked ox cheek scrambled egg, harissa fried egg and smashed avocado or cheesy scrambled egg with smoked guacamole, served on the signature bun. And you don't even need to roll out of bed early, as they're serving breakfast until 4pm on Saturday and 7pm on Sunday. That's our kind of lie-in.
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