Waterloo to reveal itself as a little-known foodie gem this September


Photo credit © Mickey Lee

1 May 2012

Waterloo Quarter Food Festival 1st-30th September 2012

Nestled just behind London's Waterloo train station is Lower Marsh - one of those rare London finds – a traditional high street with an eclectic mix of independent shops, cosy cafés, bars, restaurants and vibrant street market. This September the area, which includes the Old and Young Vic theatres, will host a month-long food festival showcasing its vibrant mix of food and drink venues. The Waterloo Quarter Food Festival is an opportunity to discover something different in the heart of the capital and experience one of London's little-known foodie gems.

The many restaurants, pubs, cafés, bars and specialist food shops around Lower Marsh, the Cut, Blackfriars Road and Isabella Street will throw open their doors and host exclusive events, tastings and demos. From Indian street food and a lavish Turkish meze to real ales and rare breed meats there's something to satisfy every craving and palate.

Festival highlights:

  • Pop-up Evening Food Fair in Emma Cons Gardens (opposite the Old Vic theatre) on 6th September. This is foodie shopping heaven with free samples and tastings and an opportunity to meet and chat with chefs and producers. Expect barbeques, real ales and great live music. Stallholders include Konditor and Cook, Greensmiths and The Ginger Pig, Bangalore and Cubana. From 5pm. FREE to attend
  • Pop-up Demonstration Kitchen in Emma Cons Gardens (opposite the Old Vic theatre) on 6th September. Watch Waterloo chefs re-create restaurant favourites. From 12pm. FREE to attend
  • In the Kitchen with Adrian Collischon – win an exclusive tasting session with Eden Caterers' Executive Chef
  • Free tastings, live music and food events, demonstrations and exclusive competitions

Visit www.wearewaterloo.co.uk for a full Festival programme and to order your free Gastro-Passport – a guide to all the events and special offers taking place throughout September.

Now in its fourth year, the Waterloo Quarter Food Festival is a month-long celebration of food and drink organised by Waterloo Quarter BID (www.waterlooquarter.org), Waterloo's business-led organisation committed to improving the area of Waterloo. Unlike many other food festivals it doesn't take part in a tent or marquee but in the street and within individual bars, restaurants and shops. It is an opportunity to discover one of London's little-known foodie haunts and eat great food.