29 May 2012
Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day for the Soho Food Feast – the annual event held to raise money for the local Soho Parish Primary School. Returning to St Annes Churchyard for it’s second year, Summer had finally decided to rear it’s head and everyone at this sold out event was in great spirits, enjoying the fun, family-friendly, garden party vibe.
The Soho Food Feast comes across as a smaller, more intimate and better value Taste of London at £6 for entry and £2 per dish. The line up of restaurants was excellent and included the likes of Barrafina, Bocca Di Lupo, Dehesa, Hix, Polpo, Quo Vadis, St John Hotel, The Ivy, The Meatwagon and many, many other huge names in the restaurant scene. Also present were top chefs including Fergus Henderson and Peter Gordon.
It was certainly also more relaxed than Taste of London as there wasn’t the need to rush around trying to cram as many dishes in as possible before an allocated time slot was up. Plenty of time to sit back, relax, have a nice drink from Milk & Honey who were manning the bar and soak up the atmosphere.
As well as food and drink there were cooking demonstrations, raffles, vegetable carving competitions, auctions, face painting for the kids and funky tunes on the sound system. We also purchased some amazing cheese from No.2 Pound Street who provided us with such a rapid and plentiful tasting session that my head was spinning by the end of it.
We sampled a variety of dishes but firm favourites were the delicious and tender grilled lamb ribs from Dehesa and an amazing, creamy, melt in your mouth strawberry cheesecake from Groucho Club.
Soho Food Feast was a fabulous day out in the sunshine. Lots to see, do and taste! Stuff your face all for a good cause! I will definitely be keeping my eye out for tickets again next year.