Upon arrival at Battersea we followed the signs into the park. These signs then ran out and we were left, along with a lot of other people, wondering around trying to find the entrance to the foodies festival. Not a good start. The hefty entry price did not reflect the quality of the event at all. Pretty standard street food stalls which you could access for free in any other market. A very small selection of pop-up restaurants to choose from. A few tables and benches in a car park where you could eat your 'posh picnic' Hats off to the marketing team who managed to describe this event in much more glowing terms than the reality (foodies farm and beach?!) The chef's theatre (which was in essence all you got for your £22 entrance fee) was a couple of benches in front of an often inadequate display kitchen (although the chefs we saw were interesting and entertaining) The handful of masterclasses which required free registration got snapped up instantly. I'm glad I won my tickets in a competition and didn't pay!
Feast at Battersea Park
Until Sun Aug 18 2013
Time Out says
Posted: Mon Aug 12 2013
2013's latest foodie festival comes in the form of a three-day event held at Battersea Park and features some of this city's finest chefs including those running the kitchen at Boqueria, Supper Club and Mazi. Feast treats London's gastronomes to culinary delights from pop-up restaurants, street vendors and a vintage tea tent. If that wasn't enough to get your tastebuds twirling, you can also try your hand at baking, sushi making, oyster shucking and partake in a whole bunch of other masterclasses. There'll also be live, kid friendly activities and stalls run by local producers. That sounds like a pretty mouthwatering line-up to us.
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Just got back from the Feast at Battersea Park and would give it zero stars if I could. The event was hosted on a patch of tarmac lined with the same kind of stalls you'd find at any farmers market or free festival across the country. I really couldn't understand what our entry fee was to pay for - there were no freebies, no tasters (the odd sample was available but no different to any market stall), no goody bags, nada. The website said there was a 'beach' - a very small sandpit for kids was all I saw. There wasn't enough seating so we couldn't find anywhere to sit, all the stalls were selling full plates of food/meals for £6 and above which meant you couldn't sample lots of small things as the website suggested - so again, what's the point? A far from relaxing atmosphere...imagine 90s trance played from a bad soundsystem, sitting on cafeteria type tables in a car park and the only (very small) stage there was hosted acts such as a Marilyn Monro impersonator on a banjo. Not my cuppa tea but with no grass and only about 30 seats next to the stage there wasn't anywhere to try and enjoy this anyway. It was such a shame to have hosted this in a beautiful park then sectioned it off in a car park. Really gutted to have wasted my money here, a pic-nic by the lake would have been much nicer. I will not be going to another food festival after this - I really recommend you spend your money towards nicer quality food in a nicer setting, not lining the pockets of the organisers who were clearly making a bucket load and taking mugs like me for a ride...
Really dissapointing. I wouldnt go again.Burough Market and Nottinghill are free and far superior. I too bought a burger and a beer and had paid £15 to enter to do so! I have to say the chocolate tools were fab and I have sorted out my Christmas list as a result. Talking about customer service I have a photo of a girl offering free samples of Boer(SP?) burgers from SA with a fag in her hand - but I cant work out how to add here. Signage to the event needs massive improvement.
Although I had a really good time sampling different foods and the whole event had a cheerful and relaxed atmosphere, I could not help wondering why we had to pay such a high entrance fee. Most foods were being pitched at £5 - £7 pounds and goody bags started at £10. All in all the day cost me a whooping fifty something pounds (Entrance + a goody bag + 2x French potato/chorizo/comte boxes, a gourmet hotdog and a juice drink). Very costly.
Hmm - from their website I can enjoy a burger from £7.00 after forking out £22.00 for entry.... Yeah no thanks.
Am I understanding this correctly. We have to pay £22 for entry to a market, where we then will be shelling out more money for food? I can go to a local gourmet food market where they welcome customers without charging an 'entry fee'.