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Founders of Fork to Fork festival | Courtesy of Frankie at Gerber Comms
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What's in Store at London's Charity Food Festival, Fork to Fork

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London Writer
Updated: 18 April 2018
Thomasina Miers, the co-founder of hit Mexican chain Wahaca, and Laura Harper-Hinton of London’s Caravan restaurants have teamed up again for a third year to host Fork to Fork festival. The one day food festival will take place at Ark Franklin Primary Academy in Kensal Rise and what’s more, it’s for an excellent cause. All proceeds of the event will go towards the Open Air Classroom project, which teaches children about growing seasonal food and developing vital cooking skills.

If you’re a London foodie this event is not to be missed with an incredible line-up of top London chefs and restaurateurs, including the likes of Yotam Ottolenghi, Jose Pizarro and Margot Henderson.

As if that wasn’t all, some of the best restaurants on London’s food scene will also be hosting pop-up street food stalls with dishes costing just £3. Over 40 of the capital’s eateries have already confirmed they are attending the food festival, including Pizza Pilgrims, Dishoom, Padella and Bone Daddies.

Co-founder of Laura Harper-Hinton says: ‘This is third year the event has taken place, and the atmosphere at both previous events has just been wonderful, to get so many well respected restaurants involved in a single event is quite special.’

To wash down your delicious food, the charity food festival also has craft beers from Beavertown and Camden Town breweries and coffee from Caravan Coffee Roasters. Kids will also be treated to delicious soft drinks from Cawston Press soft drinks and Lickalix ice-lollies.

Both Harper-Hinton and Miers are Kendal Rise locals and originally started this food festival after discovering some shocking facts about the wellbeing of UK children.

Harper-Hinton says: ‘Tommi and I felt compelled to take action following the discovery of some troubling facts regarding children’s welfare in the UK, the increasing rates of childhood obesity and the rising cases of depression in young people. With this in mind, and with Tommi and I both being mothers local to Kendal Rise, we launched Fork to Fork at Ark Franklin Primary to champion the benefits of outdoor learning in early child development and encourage creative engagement with the curriculum.’

She adds: ‘There’s a real sense of passion for the project we’re raising funds towards, which gives the festival that extra meaning and us the incentive to make sure as many people come along and enjoy it as possible.’

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Laura and Tommi | Courtesy of Frankie at Gerber Comms

Harper-Hinton and Miers wanted to create a festival that celebrated food but also teaches children about healthy eating and promotes a love of fresh fruit and vegetables. All the proceeds from the food festival go towards Ark Franklin Primary School’s national Open Air Classroom project, which champions outdoor learning, seasonal food and vital cooking skills. Both Harper-Hinton and Miers’ hope is that one day, the Open Air Classroom at Ark Franklin will become the blueprint for schools across the country.

Festival-goers will not only get the chance to sample some of the capital’s best food (and potentially meet some Michelin-starred chefs) but they can also expect live music, a fire-pit cooking demonstration, and a raffle, as well as lots of other entertainment for both kids and adults alike.

Fork to Fork will run from 12-6pm on Saturday June 16. Tickets are £10 for adults and £2.50 for children aged five to 12.