London Food Month Night Market – Review
London Food Month Night Market
by Jen Grimble
June brings with it London’s biggest food festival, introducing 400 culinary events to every corner of the capital. London Food Month, brought to you by the London Evening Standard and curated by renowned food critics Grace Dent and Tom Parker Bowles, runs until 18th June and will see the fare of London’s most exclusive eateries available to the everyday diner.
Festival highlights include The Ketel One Vodka Kitchen, where guests can create their own Bloody Mary; The Bulleit Woody Trailer, for a bespoke bourbon-fuelled evening; The World Class Bar for the ultimate cocktail experience, shaken by elite bartenders; and the London Honey Company HQ Tour: From Hive to Jar; a fascinating insight into the city’s bee population.
“Alive with music and merriment”
This years’ primary event, the Night Market, has taken over Perks Field near Kensington Gardens for 12 nights. A wonderland of food and drink, the park is now a street bazaar featuring 50 food stalls, manned by the city’s best restaurants and chefs. The line-up includes The Ivy, Fortnum & Mason, The Cheese Truck, and Michelin starred Chef Angela Hartnett, all supplying the crowds with award-winning treats.
The 10,000 capacity Night Market is alive with music and merriment, sharing the space with nightly resident DJs, playing live sets, and Westfield Outdoor Cinema, showing open-air movies that you can enjoy while you eat. From family classics to critically acclaimed films, the cinema has something for every visitor and offers both daytime and evening screenings.
“An event for every food lover”
The event has a strong focus on showcasing the value of food, combating food waste through community charity project, Refettorio Felix. Each weekday locals from underprivileged backgrounds can have a free lunch from this socially-inclusive project. Supported by London Food Month and Westfield, Refettorio Felix offers a new daily menu, created around surplus ingredients supplied by food waste charity, The Felix Project. The concept was designed by three-time Michelin starred chef, Massimo Bottura, founder of Food for Soul, a non-profit organisation tackling food waste and hunger. Massimo will be the first to take to the grills, followed by more than 30 top chefs, including Michel Roux Jr and Jason Atherton.
London Food Month is an inclusive, inspiring and thoughtful annual event that takes the pretension out of eating well. From restaurant lock-ins to pop-up experiences, fine dining to community initiatives, it’s an event for every food lover. Whether you want to sample some of the city’s best meals, or learn a little more about how the food we love is produced, you’re sure to find a foodie event to satisfy your cravings.
London Food Month takes place across the city until 18th June. The Night Market is open Monday to Thursday from 5pm until 10.30pm, Friday from 5pm to 11pm, Saturday 11am to 4pm & 5pm to 11pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm & 5pm to 10.30pm.
Adults tickets are £15, Kids £8, £35 family pass and under fives are free. £1 per full price ticket is donated to the festival’s official charity. Westfield Open-Air Cinema tickets are £4 per Adults and £2 per child.