Calling all London foodies: there’s a new food festival on the block and it’s landing in the capital this September.
Introducing Future of Food, a week-long celebration of food taking place across Regent Street and St James’s. Running from 18th until 24th September, it celebrates the diversity of the culinary scene in central London. Rooted in sustainability, innovation and creativity, the festival brings together 17 exciting events from 23 restaurants and chefs and Regent Street’s very first Urban Farm.
Part of Regent Street and St James’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, Future of Food explores the path to a more sustainable food future through forward-thinking initiatives and educating events. Designed to inspire local communities, Londoners can expect one-off ticketed dining events headlined by big-name chefs, on-street feasts, masterclasses and talks, drop-in sessions and events at the new Urban Farm and a whole lot more.
A festival for all, this is the best event taking place in London’s West End this September. Read on to find out how you can get involved with Future of Food…
Future of Food events to book
From reusable ingredients and Michelin-starred menus to eating in ‘space’, the Future of Food festival includes 17 exciting events with 23 iconic London restaurants and award-winning chefs participating. These are the event highlights you won’t want to miss:
Chef All Stars: Taste & Talk
Led by three leading female chefs, Apricity’s Chantelle Nicholson, Myrtle’s Anna Haugh and The Pem Restaurant’s Sally Abe, you’re invited to take part in an after-hours drinks reception and live cooking demonstration and tasting. Tickets include a drinks reception and three tasting dishes delivered by each of the chefs, inspired by their vision for the future of food – expect to be blown away by their creativity and passion.
When: 18.09.2023, 17:30-19:30pm
Where: Smeg Flagship Store, 14 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4PH
Tendril: A Mostly (Vegan) Kitchen
Hosted by head chef Rishim Sachdeva, the evening will see Sachdeva share his knowledge and expertise on reusing and repurposing ingredients to produce inspiring dishes that deliver the future of food on a plate. Seasonal and local produce will be championed in this four-course mostly vegan menu.
When: 19.09.2023, 19:30-22:00pm
Where: 5 Princes Street, London, W1B 2LQ
Take your feasting up a notch and book in for one of Future of Food’s on-street feasts. There’ll be two feast events over the course of the festival. St James’s Market feast will see you dining al fresco, banquet-style at the must-loved food quarter, enjoying four courses from ‘O ver, Fallow, Toba and Scully.
While Heddon Street’s event will see you enjoying dishes and drinks from The Starman, Piccolino, Heddon Street Kitchen, Casa Do Frango and Yokocho.
When: 23.09.2023, 12:00-15:00 at St James’s
24.09.2023, 12:30-15:00 at Heddon Street
Wiltons x Secret Smokehouse
Wiltons Restaurant and the founder of the Secret Smokehouse will be partnering up for an evening full of Britain’s finest seafood. The evening includes an introduction from Secret Smokehouse founder, Max and Wiltons. head chef Daniel Kent, sharing their vision on the future of fishing, as well as a three-course tasting menu featuring the UK’s first sustainable land-based smoked salmon.
Visit Regent Street’s First Urban Farm
Created in partnership with Square Mile Farms, Regent Street unveils its very first Urban Farm. Acting as a central hub for Future of Food, there will be daily drop-in sessions and ticketed events throughout the week-long festival, allowing visitors to delve deeper and learn more about sustainable urban practices.
Open daily from 10am – 8pm, free-to-book workshops include hands-on micro herb masterclasses, chef-led pesto-making demonstrations using herbs from the on-site farm pods and educational talks that shed light on building a sustainable food ecosystem.
There’ll also be ticketed events including the official opening at the Urban Farm, including mindful mixology classes with Sapling Spirits mixologist using herbs grown on-site.
Throughout September (Friday 1st – Saturday 16th; Monday 25th – Saturday 30th), Urban Farm will continue running daily harvest and tasting drop-in sessions.
Explore more about the urban farm here
Always-happening activations to know
If you can’t make it down to a ticketed event, you can still access a host of special offers and giveaways taking place across Regent Street and St James’s participating restaurants, bars, pubs and coffee shops. These are our favourite highlights:
Sauce by The Langham
Taking place on Thursday 21st September, The Langham invites you to embark on a half-day puddings masterclass. Hosted by chef Millie Simpson, you’ll learn how to create four classic puddings to take home. With Future of Food, you can get an exclusive 20% off the puddings masterclass. Book now with the exclusive Future of Food discount: SAUCE20
Code is valid between 18.09.2023 – 24.09.2023
1C Portland Place, W1B 1JA
The Nest, Treehouse Hotel London
Enjoy sustainable serves at our favourite rooftop hideout The Nest. The bar will be serving up sustainable and carbon-neutral Alboune Estate wine, Bacchus and Rose, by the glass or bottle, as well as zero-waste cocktails using Sapling Gin and Avallen. Redeem by quoting ‘Future of Food’ for a discount of your choice.
14-15 Langham Place, W1B 2QS
Fine dining restaurant Gouqi will be offering 10% off all dishes in the seafood and live seafood section of the menu, from Norwegian king crab to Gillardeau oysters, Scottish lobster to diver scallops. Redeem by quoting ‘Future of Food’ in the restaurant.
Available 18.09.2023 – 24.09.2023
25-34 Cockspur Street, SW1Y 5BN
Heddon Street Yokocho
Japanese restaurant Heddon Street Yokocho will be offering a delicious offer that’s too good to resist. Enjoy any ramen, flight of sake and mochi ice cream for £23. Redeem this offer by quoting ‘Future of Food’ in the restaurant.
Available 18.09.2023 – 24.09.2023
8 Heddon Street, W1B 4BU