West Norwood Slow Food Festival Saturday 31 March

West Norwood Slow Food Festival Saturday 31 March

Beamish & McGlue  present the First Annual West Norwood Slow Food Festival in the lush, green churchyard of St. Luke’s Church in West Norwood, Knights Hill.

Following the efforts of delicious food shop Beamish & McGlue to revitalise West Norwood through its involvement with Spacemakers and people-powered market West Norwood Feast, co-owner Antonia Beamish has partnered with sommelier and journalist Sarah Coursey to present a festival that highlights the rich culinary heritage of producers in West Norwood and other neighbourhoods in Lambeth, from traditional English fare to Portuguese, Jamaican and Trinidadian cuisine as well as British street food.

The first festival in south London to garner the support of Slow Food London, its ethos is simple: a celebration of good, clean food for the whole family, with keynote speakers, chef demonstrations, tastings, food talks,  theatre, musical performances and delicious, fresh food.

There will be performances  including HONEY, a production by award winning theatre company Pif-Paf and supported by The Co-operative’s Plan Bee scheme. HONEY seamlessly blends visual theatre and natural history in an intimate multimedia show for all ages. The performance will be repeated four times throughout the festival day, accompanied by the Waggle Dance Workshop, an interactive, family-orientated class in which Bee Explorers are taught the wild and wacky dance movements of bees.

Event highlights

Big Slow Food Breakfast 10:00-11:30 £7.50 adults/   £4.50 kids - Book    
 Chef Jason White from the Great British Bakeoff and the Cooking Crew will be hosting a fun morning of gorgeous, gourmet breakfast at Beamish & McGlue with bespoke cakes, quiches and breads created just for this event. 

The spread will be made from local and Fairtrade ingredients where possible with thoughtful recipes that have the end in mind: a memorable mouthful.

Bespoke Coffee Roasting Workshop with Volcano Coffeeworks 1 hour slots 10:00/11:00/12:00/13:00/14:00 £20 Book
Volcano coffee1Volcano Coffeeworks, suppliers to Soho and Marylebone's best restaurants with seasonal, gourmet coffee, is offering the chance to learn the fine art of coffee roasting, the origins of coffee and a tour of their facilities.  Get an exclusive introduction to barista secrets.

Perfect a coffee drink, learn to make your favourite espresso based drink like a pro, and have the big, beautiful roaster demasked, as you transform beans into a roast fit for a king, and have the opportunity to take home a pack of your own bespoke created roasted coffee.

'Raise Your Forks' Slow Food Pop-Up Dinner by Blanch and Shock  20:00-22:30  £35 Book Blanch and shock 1
Enjoy a four-course gourmet slow food meal prepared by design studio/catering company  Blanch and Shock in St. Luke's Church, which will be transformed by candlelight into a baroque masterpiece of slow decadence, food that will make you raise both your forks and your spirits.           

Beamish & McGlue will provide a cash wine bar, and we are confirming very special music on the night, to come from Italy - think baroque ensemble and you're on the right track.  An evening not to miss, enjoy!


Saturday 31 March 10:00 - 18:00
St Luke's Church, Knights Hill, West Norwood, London SE27 0HS
Admission is free and open to the public

Twitter @WNslowfoodfest


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