Halal Food Festival

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ExCeL London

Until Sun Sep 29 2013

Halal Food Festival

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Very disappointing event. It was marketed as a "food festival", but this was false advertising as much of the content here was not food based (e.g. mobile phone sims, books, skincare products etc). I paid £42 for 2 tickets; felt cheated once we got there. There weren't many food stalls, and what there was was overpriced. Where were the foods from around the world, and jar'd foods like chutneys, mustards, pickles, cheese etc? Feel very sorry for anyone who bought the ridiculous vouchers. If I were you, I'd take it up with the event organisers. I'm sure threatening to take them to the small claims court would ensure a swift refund. Additionally, I was looking forward to the various cooking lessons that were due to take place every 2 hours. Instead of signing up for the one you want and coming back later, participants had no choice but to wait in the queue for hours for a brief stint at cooking. This was very badly organised and a huge waste of time. Whole event was an utter flop, we had more fun walking to the cable car 5 minutes away and going across the river.


As excited as I was to go to this event the expectation was not met. I will review the Festival based on my experience. Location: Excel arena you would have thought space would not be an issue yet it was the stalls were cramped people were pushing and shoving against each other queues were an hour long at some stalls. One would have thought that based on advanced ticket sales they would have invested in more venue space. The event was a halal 'food' festival the food element was somewhat missing it was more of a Muslim day out rather than a food festival. I was expecting items that would not have been readily avaliable in the UK as halal to be presented the only place I saw which I haven't experienced before was Gaucho I dont remember seeing even a Chinese or even Italian cuisine available and not so much Chinese but certainly Italian cuisine is limited for halal foodies. Certainly there were a lot of dessert places some which we sampled but for those that didnt have a sweet tooth this would have been a disappointment. The biggest put off was we were expected to buy food vouchers as we were told to purchase food stalls were not expecting cash. Only then when we were waiting to pay after an hour we were told they dont accept vouchers. Did I mention the vouchers were non refundable? Also the food items were not cheap to buy what probably would have worked for the event was smaller portions charged at a lower price to keep the queues from shifting. We paid £4 for a glass of.lemonade, £7 for a Gaucho burger £5 for a halloumi cheese wrap £8 for 4 cupcakes cheap it certainly wasn't! All in all a big disappointment and I probably won't attend again not worth the ticket money *£18 paid to the event.