Thursday, 29 April 2010

London- Beer and food festivals in May

Greenwich Beer and Jazz Festival 2010Old Royal Naval College, SE10 9LW

27th - 31st May 2010

The Greenwich Beer and Jazz Festival returns to the Old Royal Naval College for five days of riverside jazzy music and ale-based entertainment. Now in its third year, the CAMRA-approved pint-sized early summer festival promises a selection of 200 real ales, ciders and beers from the best British breweries, as well as a range of summer cocktails and a special food area - all with a top musical backdrop. The line-up this year includes the Fun Lovin' Criminals, Hayseed Dixie, Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley with his Swing Band, the Brand New Heavies, Incognito supported by Omar, and the British keys-led funk masters James Taylor Quartet, who will be joined by Snowboy and the Latin Section. With the main stage flanked by the Real Ale Garden, the Cider Orchard, Bar Carnival and a Festival Soul Foods Area open from midday until 10pm each day, there should be more than enough to help you while away the afternoon and evening in one of Greenwich's most historical and beautiful settings. So, hop on the Thames Clipper boat and head down the river to Greenwich, keeping your fingers crossed that the fine early summer weather holds! For more information on tickets and performance times go to A second beer and jazz festival takes place at Hampton Court Palace over the August bank holiday weekend.

Venue: Old Royal Naval College
Address: King William Walk, SE10 9LW
Phone: 0844 847 2497
Date: 27th - 31st May 2010
Time: 12noon (doors)
Pricing: Thu £15, Fri/Sat/Mon £20, Sun £27.50
Nearest Station: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich DLR

Greenwich Beer and Jazz Festival 2010 -

Foodies Festival at Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace, KT8 9AU

29th - 31st May 2010

Meet Michelin star chefs, see live demonstrations and sample food from London's top restaurants at Hampton Court Palace at the Foodies Festival when tasting tents are set up in the gardens of Henry VIII's historic home. Himself a well documented fan of feasting, the King would no doubt have approved of this spread. Cooking is made to look easy thanks to demos from top chefs including Jason Atherton of Maze, winner of Celebrity MasterChef Nadia Sawalha, 'Economy Gastronomy' star, chef and co-owner of The Victoria Paul Merrett, Atule Kochhar of Benares as well as Michelin star chefs Shay Cooper of The Bingham and Stephen Drake of Drakes Restaurant in Surrey. If the mere thought of all that makes you hungry head to the restaurant tents where you can sample signature dishes from well known restaurants. Wash it all down with posh fizz from Veuve Clicquot and you can guarantee an atmosphere of bon viveur. Around 25,000 people are expected to attend which just goes to show the popularity of London's restaurants. Much like Taste of London, these 'Foodies' events - which also take place in Brighton, Glasgow and Edinburgh (coinciding with the Festival) - offer a winning combination of sampling, slurping and learning, all in the open air. A foodie's treat.

Venue: Hampton Court Palace
Address: East Molesey, KT8 9AU
Phone: 0871 230 5573
Date: 29th - 31st May 2010
Time: Sat, Sun & Mon 10am-6pm
Pricing: £15 (Adults), £10 (Concessions)
Nearest Station: Hampton Court Rail

Foodies Festival at Hampton Court Palace - Information

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