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The FEAST of ST. GEORGE at TRAFALGAR. (21.04.14)

  • Apr 21, 2014 · 11:30 AM
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LONDON CELEBRATES St GEORGE'S DAY with a FEAST at TRAFALGAR SQ.

This weekend sees a whole host of free events including parades, food festivals, children's activities and more. A highlight is the Mayor of London's annual Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square, which will take place on 21 April.

Organised by the Mayor of London, the Feast of St George is inspired by St George’s Day’s 13th century origins as a national day of feasting.

There’ll be an English farmers' market, with around 20 stalls selling mouth-watering treats like hog roast, homemade pies, cakes and freshly squeezed lemonade - all can be enjoyed in a splendid banqueting area seating 250 people between Trafalgar Square’s iconic fountains.

In Cooks' Corner, supported by Northbank, see live demonstrations from leading London chefs as they cook up English dishes from past and present.

The afternoon’s soundtrack comes courtesy of the Music Medley bandstand with talented young musicians and singers from GIGS, the Mayor’s busking competition.There’ll be plenty of activities for the kids too with a marquee full of family activities and an outdoor games area where you can try a range of traditional garden games.

The Mayor of London says: "Our Feast of St George is set to be a day of revelry and merriment for all the family, with delicious food and a whole host of activities for all ages. London is one of the foodie capitals of the world and this banquet is the perfect showcase for some of our superb English fare. Happy St George's Day." 

History of St George and the Dragon

St George is the patron saint of England. His name is most commonly associated with the legend of St George and the Dragon.

In the mythical tale, George obtains glory by slaying a dragon that is terrorising the countryside and is about to eat a beautiful princess. George survives the ordeal by invoking the sign of the cross.

As a mark of their gratitude, the local citizens all convert to Christianity and seek to copy George's chivalrous, princess-saving behaviour.

The story is loosely based on a real-life George who was born around 280AD and grew up to become a Christian soldier of the Roman Empire.

The myth of St George and the Dragon in England was known prior to the Norman conquest in 1066. But the idea of George as the nation's patron saint probably caught on around William Shakespeare's time. 

In Shakespeare's play Henry V, the English troops are famously rallied with the cry "God for Harry, England and St George!". 

Guests of members (and those not holding the Ken's Events Membership Card) attending this event will be asked for a £2 nominal meet up fee.

 

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The nearest tube stations are Charing Cross and Leicester Square.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone :). Its going to take me 30 min more to reach Trafalgar square. Will you be holding a sign so I can recognise the group?

    April 21, 2014

  • Laraine B.

    Two of us outside. Hi Anna

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Anna

    I am here and can see anybody

    April 21, 2014

  • Laraine B.

    I might be a bit late so hope to see you in Trafalgar Square

    April 21, 2014

  • Amanda J.

    Apart from showers at 10, it should be mostly sunny all day. .. see you all soon :-)

    April 21, 2014

  • terence f.

    Have fun and sing rousing anthems. I shall be at lunch in Brighton.

    April 19, 2014

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