London Food Month: Full menu of events

JOnathan Prynn
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Fancy heading to a “cookpot” masterclass at a three-Michelin-starred restaurant, a Burmese supper club in Stratford or day of “meatball madness” for children in Soho?

They are among hundreds of events revealed today in the full programme for the inaugural Evening Standard London Food Month, Britain’s biggest ever celebration of eating out.

More than 400 diverse and ambitious events are being held across the capital throughout June. The centrepiece is a spectacular night market running from June 7-18 with around 50 vendors selling food from stalls in Perks Field, Kensington.

The “cookpot” masterclass will take place at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester on Park Lane and the “meatball madness” at Balls & Co. Details of all the events, including booking information, went live today on the London Food Month website.

Creative director Grace Dent said: “We wanted to prove with Food Month that London is the greatest place to eat on Earth. In every corner of this city you’ll find exciting, experimental, world-class dining. We’ve proved this with diverse events right across the capital representing the 300 languages spoken here — with hundreds of events from all over the planet — including Malaysian, Syrian, Ghanaian, Burmese and the Sichuan province.

“We’re celebrating our incredible streetfood culture alongside Michelin star-winning finery. One night you could be eating fideuà at Barrafina, the next you could be at a Madagascan street party in Southwark. London is alive with possibilities to fill your stomach and we’re going to prove that.”

Dent’s fellow creative director Tom Parker Bowles said: “This programme fills me with giddy, greedy glee — the glorious distillation of all that’s great about London eating.

“All these wonderful participants will make London Food Month. I cannot wait to get stuck in.”

The line-up for the 30-day festival spans the gastronomic world capital from Ealing in the west to Newham in the east, and from Enfield in the north to Catford in the south.

There are even forays into the commuter belt with a Cheese Truck tour visiting Cheshunt in Hertfordshire and a “School Food Matters” visit by children to a farm in Surrey to learn how to make chutneys and sauces.

Some of the more eye-catching events include a meringue-making masterclass and a paired meringue and martini menu at Quaglino’s in St James’s, a “full English” for six made with a whole ostrich egg at Florentine in Lambeth and a Nigerian tapas supperclub in Kennington.

For full details of all events, head to londonfoodmonth.co.uk

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