The Eat & Drink Festival

The UK’s newest food festival lands in London and is an addition to the Ideal Home Show, which is on at Olympia London from 24th March until the 9th April.

A ticket to the Ideal Home Show includes entry to the Eat & Drink Festival and vice versa, so it’s two events for the price of one!

The Eat & Drink Festival is an opportunity to indulge in your love of food and quench your thirst by sampling a variety of food and drink on offer, from contemporary cuisine and street food to mixology and tasty tipples. Featuring food and drink from around the world, there’s a colourful array of food and drink to sample and buy. You are literally spoilt for choice.

With additional highlights within the festival, there’s more than just food and drink on offer.

At The Foodie Lab top chefs and experts were cooking up a storm through live demonstrations where you can learn new recipes and inside tips from the best in the business. The Great Eat showcased a selection of the UK’s best street food pioneers. Whilst at The Chef’s Table, visitors were able to choose from a collection of favourite foods from street vendors at the show in a specially created menu. The Artisan Producers Market featured the finest handmade products, whilst the Cook’s Academy were there to show you how to improve your cooking skills while learning the tricks of the trade and new techniques. The Drinks Station is home of creative cocktails, distinctive wines and beers, spirits and the place to get interesting insights from top mixologists and bar managers.

Literally looking at the line-up made my mouth water before even getting there and I couldn’t wait to visit. So armed with my parents, I headed out for a family foodie day out.

As we had tickets to this festival as opposed to the Ideal Home show, we were told to head towards entrance four which was around the back end of the venue which was not easy to find, unless you know where you’re going. But we got there in the end and were welcomed by friendly stilt walkers. Once inside, we climbed up two flight of stairs but it was worth it once we reached the top. The festival was beautifully decorated with flags and fresh produce, it was like being at an outdoor fete but indoors. The festival had a lovely and light atmosphere which made it welcoming.

I really enjoyed this festival, I mean what’s not to love…its food and drink! The event was fun to walk around and it was a brilliant way to explore new consumables on the market. The aromas and the colourful presentations meant that at every twist and turn, something caught our eyes. As a result we lost my dad amongst the stalls a few times and it was not easy finding him in the crowds! Everything we tried was delicious and left us wanting more. There was also a busker station with performers providing live entertainment while you ate and drank. The Eat & Drink festival was an entertaining, interactive event and I look forward to it next year.

To find out more and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.eatanddrinkfestival.com/

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