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M Is Not For Sale | Courtesy of M team at Mason Williams
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London Food Events That Are for a Great Cause

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London Writer
Updated: 25 March 2018
One thing is certain: London is not lacking when it comes to outstanding food festivals and events, and what’s even better, many of them are partnered with charities, supporting a great cause. If you’re looking to attend a food event that gives back, here are some of the best in the capital.

M Is Not For Sale

Located at M Victoria Street, this pop-up restaurant can be found 26th–29th March. The event is in association with Not For Sale, an organisation working to end human trafficking, with 100% of the profits on the special menu donated to the charity.

The pop-up boasts a delicious five-course limited edition menu, formulated by M Group Exec Chef Michael Reid, taking inspiration from all corners of the globe, including Peru, Vietnam, Thailand and the USA. These countries represent where Not For Sale projects are having the biggest impact, with schemes to build houses and create a support structure to free both adults and children from sex trafficking and the slave trade.

Dishes on the M Is Not For Sale five-course menu include Dutch appetisers, tuna tacos, XO tartare, duo of lamb and coconut ice cream and are accompanied by a glass of champagne. With the promise of celebrity guest appearances and a menu that’s enough to get any foodie excited, it’s safe to say this event not only promotes a great cause, but also guarantees to be a fantastic evening.

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Coconut ice cream
A tasty coconut ice cream finishes an exceptional five-course set menu | Courtesy of M team at Mason Williams

Fork to Fork

Back by popular demand, Fork to Fork festival is returning to Kensal Rise in 2018. Thomasina Miers, the co-founder of hit Mexican chain Wahaca, and Laura Harper-Hinton of London’s contemporary Caravan restaurants have teamed up again for a third installment of the charity food festival.

The popular festival features some of London’s most talented Michelin-star chefs and restaurateurs to create an unforgettable culinary experience in a warm and family-friendly atmosphere. Top chefs expected at the event include the likes of Yotam Ottolenghi and Jose Pizarro, as well as food from popular London eateries such as Pizza Pilgrims, Dishoom, Bone Daddies and Honest Burger.

If you’re a London foodie, this incredible charity food fest is one not to miss.

Taste of London

One of the most famous food festivals in the capital, Taste of London returns to the Regent’s Park in June. The popular festival has partnered with the charity Action Against Hunger for the past 11 years and hosts a restaurant at the festival featuring five-star chefs serving up some delicious dishes with all proceeds from the restaurant going towards worldwide programmes. Over the years the charity restaurant has partnered with over 40 of the UK’s top chefs, serving up delicious dishes for a worthwhile cause.

This year the Taste of London boasts a world-class celeb chef line-up including the likes of Meriel Armitage of Club Mexicana, Francesco Mazzei and Bao’s Shing, Wai Ting and Erchen.

What the Fouttesh?

What The Fouttesh? is a grassroots company specialising in tasty vegan Palestinian food. They pride themselves on big flavours and generous portions and host pop-ups and supper clubs across the city, giving 10% of their profits to charities that help the Palestinian people. Last November, their Rooftop Supper Club at Brixton Rooftop was a huge success and 50% of the profits went to Skate Pal, a non-profit supporting young people in Palestine through skateboarding. If you adore koftes and knafah, keep an eye out for their upcoming 2018 events.

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Moveable Feast

Moveable Feast gives guests the opportunity to dine at multiple restaurants in one evening, showcasing a selection of intimate private dining rooms in some of the most sought-after restaurants in London. The events are in partnership with Action Against Hunger and all proceeds go towards the charity’s work in ending child hunger in over 45 countries.

Food lovers will be taken on a tour to first-class restaurants across their specially selected area of London, whether that be Soho, Mayfair or The City. Diners can enjoy a course at each restaurant with a specially designed menu from renowned London chefs.

Foodies Festival

The popular Foodies Festival returns to Syon Park for May bank holiday weekend (26th–28th) but with a twist. This year includes the launch of a brand new Musicians Against Homelessness music stage, featuring headliners Toploader and The Hoosiers.

Eat your heart out at the event’s Street Food Avenue, put your baking skills to the test at the Cake and Bake Theatre or if you prefer, just simply sit back and enjoy a glass of champagne at the Drinks Theatre.

For a weekend of outstanding food and exceptional music, and raising awareness for a great cause, be sure to book tickets to Foodies Festival.

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