One of London’s top summer pop-up festivals returns with the new socially distanced StreetEat concept from Underbelly
Underbelly, which usually hosts a huge cultural festival on the South Bank each summer, is launching a new series of socially distanced food and drink pop-ups across London.
Called StreetEat, the summer series launches on the South Bank on 24 July, with a second site opening in Wimbledon on 31 July.
Free to enter and completely outdoors, each StreetEat site will offer socially distanced seating pods from which visitors can watch free live performances by musicians, DJs, cabaret performers and singers, while enjoying street food and drinks from open-air bars.
At each site, an emphasis will be placed on booking local food traders, performers and artists. The first site, located on the South Bank just by Gabriel’s Wharf, will offer street food from the likes of Hola Guacamole, Lukumade Doughnut Tales, Katsutopia, Smoketeers and Coco Labelle.
Events will be produced by the team behind Underbelly Festival Southbank, one of London’s original pop-up sites. Established in 2000 at the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Underbelly has become renowned for its groundbreaking live entertainment and buzzing outdoor bar spaces.
‘We are simply over the moon that Underbelly can again start doing what we love the most – entertaining Londoners with our pop-up worlds of live performance, independent street food and great bars,’ says Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood, Directors of Underbelly.
‘We can still promise a great Underbelly atmosphere, the finest of street food, awesome (and free!) entertainment alongside strict social distancing and hygiene measures’
‘Our StreetEat sites will clearly be different to what has gone before, but we can still promise a great Underbelly atmosphere, the finest of street food, awesome (and free!) entertainment alongside strict social distancing and hygiene measures. And we’re all outdoors!
‘Most importantly, we want to support local artists and independent food operators by providing a platform for them to start trading and performing again in their local communities.’
StreetEat South Bank will run from 24 July-10 October (12pm-9pm), with StreetEat Wimbledon Park running from 31 July-23 August (Tues-Fri 12pm-8pm & Sat-Sun 11am-8pm). Further sites and dates will be announced soon. See underbellyfestival.com
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