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Regent Street and St James's are being transformed into a hub of food sustainability

Inspiring workshops, hands-on experiences and Michelin-starred chefs are sharing their visions of the Future of Food

Written by Time Out. Paid for by The Crown Estate

From September 18-24 you’ll be able to explore the Future of Food as Regent Street and St James's host 17 different events, 23 participating restaurants and chefs and, at the heart of it all, an Urban Farm (which is open for a full month). The festival aims to inspire local communities and celebrate central London’s diverse culinary landscape through Michelin-starred menus, inspiring experts and hands-on experiences. Most importantly, the Future of Food has partnered with The Felix Project where surplus food waste from the Urban Farm will go to help feed London's most vulnerable people throughout the month (you can also donate to this great organisation here). Can't make it to a ticketed event? There are offers and giveaways across Regent Street and St James's foodie scene, from social media giveaways and special menu cocktails and dishes, to live demos and mini masterclasses led by baristas. Here are a few things you can’t miss at Future of Food this September. 

Ok, so if there’s one thing you really can’t miss – it’s the Urban Farm, which is free to visit on Regent Street. A hub of sustainable ideas and experiences, it comes filled with living walls, farm pods that can be freshly harvested and wonderful fresh produce. That’s not all though, the Urban Farm will host a series of free and bookable events and drop-in experiences. From hands-on micro herb masterclasses, chef-led pesto-making demos and foraging from the on-site farm pods, there will also be educational talks that shed light on building a sustainable food ecosystem (this will be accessible to all ages). Find the full list of opening times here.

Throughout the Future of Food, you can take advantage of excellent discounts at top-notch businesses in the area. Treat yourself to a half-day puddings masterclass at The Langham's Sauce Kitchen, get 20 percent off selected sustainable drinks at The Nest in Treehouse Hotel, and get £9.99 for any ramen, plus a sake flight and mochi for an extra £13 at Yokocho. 

Fine dining doesn’t really get much better than this, does it? Discover shining Michelin-starred restaurants – and chefs – in the local area. London’s top chefs will be creating bespoke one-off menus for the event, with individual dishes presented by the chef for that extra personal touch. Alex Dilling at Hotel Café Royal will host an intimate dining experience (Wed Sep 20, £147.01pp), and Wild Honey St James will welcome executive chef Anthony Demetre (Wed Sep 20, £98.70pp).

Estiatorio Milos’ fish market is legendary, and this is your chance to experience it like a proper VIP. Taking place on Thursday September 21, the event kicks off with a glass of wine before giving guests an inside look on a private tour. After that, you’ll be seated on the mezzanine to enjoy a stunning three-course feast celebrating the catch of the day, amazingly fresh seafood and Milo's signature dishes (£84).

Ever wondered how to shuck an oyster? Bentley's will teach you the tricks of the trade at this masterclass on Sunday September 24. The team here shuck 1000 of the critters a day, so they’re more than well-equipped to introduce you to the world of molluscs. Try a range of different hand-shucked oysters paired with cava and taste the difference between shores. You’ll be a bona fide expert in no time (£55).

Future of Food runs September 18-24 at various venues across Regent Street and St James's. Find out more about the event and book tickets to experiences here. And remember – if ticketed events are sold out, the Urban Farm is still unticketed and free to visit throughout the month.

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