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Latin-American Dessert Cubana | Courtesy of We Are Waterloo
Latin-American Dessert Cubana | Courtesy of We Are Waterloo
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The Complete Guide To Waterloo Food Festival

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Updated: 8 December 2016
What better place to host a month-long food festival than in London’s central district of Waterloo. This London hub is always a buzz with people and is home to a whole host of amazing restaurants and bars. The Waterloo Food Festival is a chance for you explore the area and let your taste buds lead the way. With events happening every day through July, there is no shortage of things to enjoy and try. From tastings to talks, this is your one stop for all things delicious.

How To Get Involved

If you’re a keen foodie but struggle to take things into your own hands, the helpful Make, Do & Mend sessions were designed for you. Come alone or instigate an office food fest outing and get stuck in by learning how to produce your own pesto or plant a personal herb garden. This is your chance to hear from the experts about the best way to grow and produce food. The sessions are completely free and classes will run as long as supplies last, so if you want to cultivate your culinary skills make sure to get a spot early.

Food Festival events © We Are Waterloo
Food Festival events | © We Are Waterloo

There’s Food

Only the finest foods will be on offer for the fest with events dedicated to each specific restaurant, bar, and cuisine. If it’s Cuban street food that gets your taste buds tingling, or you’re more of a wine and cheese connoisseur, you won’t be disappointed with the authentic produce and perfectly prepared dishes waiting for you to try. As well as these exciting nibbles and taster menus, the local green grocer Greensmith’s is opening its doors and offering up its finest artisanal products for you to try. From locally sourced sausages to sustainable chardonnays, Waterloo Food Festival is helping to promote healthy living through flavoursome food. It is also a chance to get to know the local area and experience the variety of food and drink they have to offer.

Baltic Bar and Restaurant © We Are Waterloo
Baltic Bar and Restaurant | © We Are Waterloo

There’s Drinks

If all this delicious food leaves you gasping for a drink, the festival has got you covered. There will be a free mojito masterclass from the very people who brought us the fabulous concoction 20 years ago. A lucky few will learn all the tricks of the trade and be able to enjoy their minty masterpieces afterwards. If rum isn’t for you, gin is also on the menu with experts from different distilleries coming together to teach you about the perfect G&T or a smooth Singapore Sling. For those wanting something with fewer ingredients to wrap their heads around, there will be wonderful wine and local craft beer tastings, too.

Family events © We Are Waterloo
Family events | © We Are Waterloo

Fun For The Whole Family

The food festival also caters for the smaller foodies among us, with Oasis Playspace becoming a temporary kitchen where all kinds of yummy treats can be made and munched. The Oasis Farm is also hosting brilliant banquets for the whole family and, if this wasn’t enough to have you running to Waterloo, the various cake, gelato and dessert tastings will surely get your stomach rumbling.

After a busy week of fine food and drink, there is no better way to relax and fend off the inevitable food coma than listening to some soothing jazz music at Waterloo’s Baltic Bar and restaurant on Sunday evening. It really will be a month to remember and a chance to get to know some wonderful new foodie spots in Central London.

30 June – 31 July 2016: Various events

Waterloo, London, UK