Pancakes & Butterbeer: Covent Garden’s Family Food Festival

Covent Garden has launched a foodie festival which the whole family can enjoy. And it’s on right now…

Photo: Covent Garden

Covent Garden’s first Family Food Festival is on now, with pop ups, special menus, food trucks and art on offer across the Piazza.

For Harry Potter fans young and old, the Harry Potter Butterbeer Bar is back, serving Butterbeer (obviously) and themed cupcakes.

There’s also a brightly coloured new al fresco community dining area, designed by London artist Coco Lom, which feature picnic tables, hand-painted using the bold and bright shapes, patterns and colours the artist is known for.

Harry Potter Butterbeer Bar at Family Food Festival, Covent Garden. Photo: Covent Garden

Street food is on offer too, as food trucks park up of the likes of Copper Penny, Pabellon, The Duck Shed and Crepe Masters. Adults can gets a cocktail or a boozy tipple from Jesseco, Prosecco and Pancakes, or Free Wheelin or Honest Folk. Whatever you decide to munch on, you can enjoy it in the new al fresco dining area.

Naturally, the festival also celebrates Covent Garden’s permanent food vendors, with restaurants such as Sticks’n’ Sushi, The Gentlemen Baristas, Lilly’s and the Ivy Market all offering family friendly or children’s menus to suit all budgets.

Running into March, the festival makes sure Pancake Day is not missed either, with places plating up American-style pancakes, crepes, and pancakes with a whole host of flavours and toppings.

Highlights include Macha pancakes from AVOBAR, New York style banana and blueberry buttermilk pancakes and Ave Mario’s Chantilly cream and banana buttermilk pancakes.

Family Food Festival, Covent Garden. Photo: Covent Garden

Alongside Covent Garden’s Family Food Festival, the neighbourhood also plays host to a range of activities children and families can enjoy. If you’ve already seen the Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition, the London Transport Museum’s new exhibition Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce celebrates the generations of Caribbean people who have shaped the capital’s transport history and culture.

The Royal Opera House has Family Sundays, and Beano: the Art of Breaking the Rules is on at Somerset House.

The Family Food Festival runs until March 1 in the Covent Garden Piazza. For more information visit coventgarden.london


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