The best foodie events to visit in London over the long weekend
We are being spoiled with all these long weekends! The weather might not be up to much but there's still lots to do in England's capital this weekend.
The London Coffee Festival
From 5pm on Friday 1 May until 7pm on Sunday 3 May, the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane will be home to the fifth annual London Coffee Festival. There'll be hundreds of stalls, food, endless samples, and even roasting classes. There'll also be a multidisciplinary barista competition where 20 hopefuls will battle it out for the title of coffee master. Tickets start from £11.50 for adults and £4.50 for children (aged 10-16). If coffee is your cup of tea, there's nowhere better to be this weekend.
Street Feast is back and taking up residence in Dalston for Friday and Saturday nights from Friday 1 May onwards. Kicking off this weekend is a celebration of street food, bringing you the agonising decision of choosing between Korean burritos from Kimchinary, Taiwanese buns from Bao London, and delicious burgers from Mother Flipper, to name but a few. Celebrate with a trip to the Gin Store, or new kid on the block Tequila Treehouse. Opening hours are from 5pm until midnight. Tickets are free before 7pm, £3 after 7pm.
The Crafty Bunch do Lunch
Setting up shop at The Gorringe Park in Tooting on Sunday 3 May is the Crafty Bunch who run craft workshops. While grown-ups enjoy a well-deserved pub lunch, kids aged three to 11 can get stuck into the PVA glue for £8.
The Canalway Cavalcade
Head down to Little Venice for the annual gathering of canal boats organised by the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) from Saturday 2 May to Monday 4 May. More than 130 boats will be moored along the Grand Union Canal between Blomfield Road, Warwick Avenue and Warwick Crescent for the Canalways Cavalcade. There's a pageant, morris dancing, live music, a real ale tent, and a host of food stalls from Britain and across the world. All day and, most importantly, free.
The Beer Hive
The Beer Hive, London's first co-operative brewery, is launching with an all-day party on Saturday 2 May from 12-8pm. Head down for a chance to see the brewery ahead of the official opening to the public. Start the day with a Chinese lion dance (apparently the traditional celebration of a business opening), and then there's live music and copious amounts of exclusive beers for tasting, including Coldharbour Hell Yeah lager and Clarkshaws brewery wheat beer. Mangia, Mangia! the Italian supper club will be serving up homemade pasta all day. Plus, it's free!
Adventures in Wonderland
Celebrate the 150th birthday of Lewis Carroll on Saturday 2 May to Monday 4 May by heading down the rabbit hole in Adventures in Wonderland, an immersive theatrical experience from theatre group Les Enfants Terribles. It might just be the most exciting children's theatre we've ever seen. Choose 'eat me' or 'drink me' and get lost in Wonderland at the Waterloo Vaults, at the maddest tea party of them all. Or leave the kids behind and loose yourself at Alice's Adventures Underground, the late night adult version, complete with a knees up in the Wonderland Bar. Tickets from £13.50 children/£19.50 adults for the children's show, and from £36 for the adult show.
Hackney Drinks Market
Be there for the very first Hackney Drinks Market, the first market of its kind to celebrate the dream of creating a permanent home for London's drinks traders. Operating on the first Saturday of every month, the drinks market will bring together beer, wine, spirits, juices, sodas, teas and coffee, not to mention a supporting cast of delicious street food. Raise a glass and say you where there for the very first one.