Pop-ups in London
Are you missing nights in with Mary Berry and the Great British Bake Off? Do you think you could kneed a better loaf than Paul's bread lion from series six or rival Frances from series four's Rainbow Picnic Pie? Then head down to The Big London Bake, offering Londoners the chance to get their own first-hand taste of the GBBO tent action. Compete in a timed 90-minute session, complete with snazzy decorations and a professional baker on hand giving tips to avoid any soggy bottoms, and see if you can be crowned the bake-off winner.
South Bank pop-up The BBQ Club returns next month, and this year you can reserve a private picnic spot right by the Thames - plus a gourmet hamper for four. This summer barbecue bonanza created and helmed by chef Jimmy Garcia shows off his 7-course grilled barbecue creations on the rooftop terrace. Besides good food, you'll be able to get competitive with include Giant Jenga, Boules, Skittles, Beach Tennis and Swingball. Bookings open today. Be sure to nab your spot here.
Always wanted to go to Oktoberfest, don your finest lederhosen and sink steins, but can’t be bothered with the effort of getting to Munich? Well, let Oktoberfest come to you as it takes over Camden’s Electric Ballroom for four Saturdays. The space will be transformed into a traditional Bavarian beer hall complete with long wooden tables, bunting and a 10 piece drum and brass ensemble playing covers, classics and oompah favourites. The wurst wizards at Herman ze German will provide endless legendary sausages and German beers supplied by Spaten, Löwenbräu and Becks. Prost!
Head south of the river for an all-singing, all-dancing Bavarian beer hall bonanza like no other. Celebrate Oktoberfest at Electric Brixton where they’ll be going all out with long wooden tables, bunting, authentic south German beer, massive wursts from Herman ze German and live music from London Brass All-Stars keeping the classic oompah favourites rolling throughout the day. Steins at the ready!
You’ll find burgers, doughnuts, tacos and all the usual food fest fare here, but there‘s a twist. Everything served up from the squid linguini to the charcoal ice cream is 100 percent black. Get ready to unleash your inner emo and stain your teeth on black macarons, black lollipops and black beer.
The aim of this grub-geared fortnight is to champion food grown and made in London. Get yourself down to one of the ace foodie events happening all across London, including foraging walks and kombucha workshops, or try special menus from London’s eateries including the chance to taste Hackney Tea and a Tottenham Ploughmans. See the Urban Food Fortnight website to find events near you.
Chomp on animal-free treats from top vegan traders at the launch of this weekly plant-based market.
Carnaby Eats is a month-long food festival taking over Carnaby Street throughout September. Head along to take part in masterclasses, join cookbook launches and taste exclusive menus from 40 of the thoroughfare’s restaurant bars, cafes and pubs. Join Pisco Sour masterclass from Señor Ceviche and mixologist taster class at Jakata and new cookbook launches from Dishoom, Leon and Chai by Mira in Kingly Court. Sample new Autumn menus from Pure, Shoryu Carnaby, Pastaio, Ugly Dumpling and more. The festival has partnered with the Blue Turtle Campaign, which is pioneering ways to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic.
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