Thought festival season was a washout? Think again. The Great Feast of London is a new foodie festival combining the virtual with the IRL, including top-notch food by Michelin star chefs…
Lead image: Chef James Cochran (photo: Jessica Jill Partridge)
Like all good festivals, The Great Feast of London serves up big-name DJs with a sprinkling of top chefs and a slice of wellbeing. The only thing missing will be the crowds.
Designed to be enjoyed in your garden, balcony, local park or even that little patch of sunlight by the kitchen window, the festival will merge the virtual with the real life, offering Michelin-star food deliveries, DIY food kits for cookalong sessions, live-streamed gigs and online wellness classes.
Founded by Dominic Cools-Lartigue of Street Feast and award-winning entrepreneur Bejay Mulenga, The Great Feast of London was originally due to take place in a park next summer, but having had a series of boutique food festivals cancelled this summer, the duo decided to bring it forward and make it virtual.
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Chefs like Ollie Dabbous of HIDE in Mayfair, Nuno Mendes of Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone, Neil Rankin of Temper in Soho and James Cochran of 12:51 in Islington have all signed up to cook up exclusive feasts.
Not only will the event provide a boost for London’s ailing hospitality industry, The Great Feast of London has also partnered with A Plate For London to match every meal ordered with a meal for a person in need.
‘The Great Feast of London has partnered with A Plate For London to match every meal ordered with a meal for a person in need’
But how will your Michelin dining experience materialise IRL? Well, rather than the usual Friday night when-will-my-flipping-pizza-arrive debacle, an innovative delivery concept that’s more akin to booking a restaurant will let you pick the time you want your food to arrive.
And when it does arrive, it’ll be accompanied by a personal note from the chef and a playlist designed to enhance the experience.
Restaurants like Patty & Bun, Dumpling Shack, Kricket, Eggslut, Mei Mei and Taco Queen will also be taking part, offering hot food and meal kits complete with a link to a cooking class.
And then, of course, there’s the music, with livestreamed gigs and playlists from big festival names including Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay, Jazzie B, Don Letts, Goldie and Felix from Basement Jaxx – just close your eyes and pretend you’re at Bestival.
Other festival fun includes cabaret-themed drawing classes, social bingo, sober raving with Morning Gloryville and storytime for the kids hosted by drag queen Mama G.
Plus, to keep you grounded, there’ll be a meditation workshop with Project Anja, yoga classes hosted by More Yoga, and a talk on building a more connected world with US thinker Charles Eisenstein and Amisha Ghadiali.
The Great Feast of London takes place from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 July 2020. To book a dining experience and organise food deliveries, see greatfeast.com
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