In partnership with The Great Feast at Old Selfridges Hotel
Thought we’d waved goodbye to festival season? Think again. Here to prove that festivals can be enjoyed all year round is The Great Feast, a brand new foodie experience featuring a stellar lineup of the UK’s most talented chefs, restaurateurs and artists, and it’s landing in London this winter.
The Great Feast at Old Selfridges Hotel will be arriving this Christmas with one agenda: to create the most magical food and drink festival experience in the capital.
Created by Street Feast and The Tramshed Project founder Dominic Cools-Lartigue, in partnership with executive chef Andrew Clarke and Rich Woods as head of drinks and Selfridges, the festival launches with an exciting team of the best UK Michelin starred and award-winning chefs, including Tom Stellers, Andrew Wong, Chantelle Nicholson, Ravinder Bhogal and Selin Kazim.
The festival, running from 11th November to 18th December, will take over one of London’s most exclusive venues – The Old Selfridges Hotel – and will host four immersive experiences, transporting guests to a wonderland of food, drinks and music.
Want to know more? Read on to find out what to expect…
The Counter Of Joy
For those who love to try a bite of everything, book in for The Counter of Joy, a 50m long kitchen and bar counter that’ll be serving up a mix of savoury small plates from the best chefs in the country. Eager foodies can expect to travel the world through their taste buds, from the mountain regions in China to the shorelines of West Africa. There’ll also be tasty treats from Turkey and refined classics from the British Isles.
The menus have been curated by seven renowned chefs especially for The Great Feast experience. Guests can tuck into dishes designed and created by Tom Sellers of Restaurant Story, Andrew Wong of A.Wong, ex-Connaught and MasterChef Professionals quarter-finalist Jason Howard, and chef owner of All’s Well and formerly chef-Patron of Treadwells Chantelle Nicolson. As well as the likes of Jikoni London’s Ravinder Bhogal, finalist of the BBC Two series Great British Menu and owner of Oklava Selin Kiazim and award-winning AdeJoké Bakare from Brixton’s Chishuru.
This experience is truly unique, offering Londoners the chance to sample dishes from the capital’s best culinary talents, all under one roof.
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Cocktails and dessert? What more could you possibly ask for.
‘Wonky Dreams’ is an eclectic dessert and cocktail bar, that’ll be serving up festive twists on your favourites. Rich Woods, aka The Cocktail Guy, has curated an exciting collection of cocktails exclusively available at The Great Feast. Crowned by Bombay Sapphire as the ‘world’s most imaginative bartender’, guests can rest assured that they’ll be sipping on the finest and most innovative cocktails in the city this Christmas.
Alongside Rich, there’ll be festive sweet treats available to indulge on courtesy of Chin Chin Labs, the team revolutionising the way we enjoy ice cream. Those with a sweet tooth can feast on the likes of a Christmas tree baked Alaska and a bespoke Christmas cracker with an edible surprise…
A rollercoaster ride for the senses, Joyride will take guests on an immersive 45 minute experience that’ll tingle their senses. Created by food anthropologist and sensory maestro Caroline Hobkinson, diners will discover how tastes, touch and smells can interact to elicit joy and pleasure.
Guests will wear headphones that’ll guide them through the whole journey, from foraging for food to taking part in a shamanic ceremony on a mountain, all while tucking into a luxury bento-box. The menu has been created by chef and restaurateur Andrew Clarke, while drinks will be created by Rich Woods.
Magic Garden Stage
Music lovers, listen in… The Magic Garden Stage will be home to live performances from some of London’s brightest rising musical talents. Each week the Magic Garden Stage will be hosted by a different headline act. So far the musical line up includes Joel Culpepper, Yazmin Lacey and Etta Bond. Alongside the music, there’ll be an a la carte menu designed by the Michelin-starred chefs taking part in the festival.
The Great Feast at Old Selfridges Hotel will run from Thursday 11th November to Saturday 18th December and will support Dominic Cools-Lartigue’s A Plate For London food charity, with each ticket sold contributing to feeding people in need this Christmas.
Grab your tickets at www.greatfeast.com