Syon Park is one of those magical places that makes you fall in love with London – how can such a magnificent estate with fine rooms, lush gardens and a stunning conservatory exist in zone 4 of the Big Smoke?
Sure, I’m biased (I got married at Syon Park last year), but it’s one of my favourite spots in the whole city. I’m thrilled for an excuse to return – particularly one that involves food!
The people behind the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink are getting ready to transform Syon Park into a foodie heaven for the 10th anniversary of the Foodies Festival this year. During 23rd – 25th May, the grounds will welcome celebrity chefs, new tasting theatres and more street food than you can shake a satay stick at.
TV cooks, Michelin starred chefs and MasterChef champions will share their favourite summer recipes and tips with visitors in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre.
In the New Wine and Champagne Theatre, experts will guide visitors through the best bottles from around the world, while the New Craft Beer Theatre will show you how to match foods with locally produced craft beers.
Whatever your tastes, there’s sure to be something to appeal from the huge range of masterclasses. I’m keen to learn ‘How to Sniff Chocolate like a Rockstar’ with chocolatiers in the new Tasting Theatre, as well as topics such as Raw Food, Japanese Soul, Oyster Shucking and Bee Keeping.
The Cake & Bake Theatre is an inspiration for passionate bakers with top local cake makers and bakeries sharing their tips for baking delicious summer cakes. Visitors can also enjoy 3D cake modelling, Chocolate Making and Sugar-Craft masterclasses and a complementing Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village selling bakes, jams, gadgets and baking essentials.
A new Chilli Food Market will excite those with a love for spicy foods with a range of chilli growers and artisan producers of sauces, sweets and jams. For those who can handle the heat, there’s a Chilli Eating Challenge each day!
The Street Food Avenue will offer a huge selection of hot and cold dishes from around the world. Japanese, Thai, Brazilian, Argentinian, Mexican, French and African are just some of the cuisines visitors can tuck into at communal tables in the Feasting Tent this year.
Over 200 producers will be exhibiting the Artisan Producers Market, offering samples of award winning food to visitors browsing for treats to buy and enjoy at home.
After a day of food and fun, foodies can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the entertainment stage and a refreshing drink from the Pop-Up bars and cider farm – with the beautiful Syon Park as a backdrop. What a perfect occasion to renew our vows…
Tickets are on sale now at www.foodiesfestival.com or by calling 0844 995 1111.
Good news though – I have a pair of tickets to give away! Just leave a comment on the blog, and I’ll pick a winner at random by Monday 11th May. Best of luck!