Croydon’s biggest food festival set to fizz on Sunday 25th!

Croydon’s biggest food festival set to fizz on Sunday 25th!

 

Croydon’s biggest party for foodies and music lovers is set to be one of the highlights of the borough’s summer festival calendar.

The Croydon Food & Music Festival in association with Leon House returns to South End on Sunday afternoon, 25th June, with fantastic food and drink stalls, street performers, kids entertainment, plus three stages of live music.

Festival goers will be spoiled for choice with alfresco dining and international chefs serving cuisine from food stalls and restaurants along Croydon’s famous Restaurant Quarter.

Prosecco bars will keep the fizz flowing, and there will be cocktails, craft beers, wines, and soft drinks, plus of course smoothies and ice creams for kids of all ages.

Da Groove Station, DJ SK, The Aultones and Helen Hampton’s Pop Choir are among the acts set to play, while Croydon’s famous Scream Lounge will host artistes on their own stage.

Nick Higton of The Aultones (pictured right) kicks off the music on the Main Stage at 12noon. The singer-songwriter, whose singles “Beachcomber” and “Here Comes The Tide” were BBC Radio 1 Tracks of the Day last year, will perform tracks from his album “Fear Without Progression.”

“It’s a real privilege to open the main stage at The Croydon Food and Music Festival,” said Nick. “I used to live in Beddington as a fledgling songwriter so this really feels like coming full circle. I am thrilled to be part of such a strong and divergent local musical scene. See you at 12!”

Entry to the festival is free. And no matter what your taste in food, there’ll be something for everyone and every budget, from French and Italian to Chinese, Indian and Asian. South End’s Bagattis Restaurant, Karnavar, Tre Fratelli, Little MoBay, Treehouse, Yumn, and Malcolm John’s Brasserie Vacherin, will be joined by Brown Shuga Dumplings, Hells Grill, Les Deus Amies Jam and Jerk,  The Vino Van, Street Cocktails, The Cronx Brewery and many, many more.

Street performers will entertain festival goers along the whole of South End, which will be pedestrianised and closed to traffic between Coombe Road and Aberdeen Road. And there’ll be face painting and games for the kids.

Over 12,000 people attended last year’s festival and organisers, the South Croydon Business Association, anticipate an even bigger turnout this year.
“The 6th annual Croydon Food and Music Festival is going to be a really great day out,” said Peter Bagatti of South Croydon Business Association.

“We are once again extremely proud to stage this fabulous event, which is a real joint effort between the community and businesses. There’s going to be fantastic food and entertainment and I look forward to seeing the people of Croydon coming along in great numbers to enjoy themselves.” 

The iconic, 21 storey Leon House, currently being redeveloped to create 263 luxury flats in the Restaurant Quarter, is headline sponsor of the 2017 festival. Other sponsors include Bagattis Restaurant, Scream Lounge, London Borough of Croydon, The Croydon Partnership, Quantum Homes, LNOCP, Keg & Grill, and Bryden Johnson.

*The Croydon Food & Music Festival is open from 12noon until 7pm. For more information contact: Natasha Miller at nmiller@wlcreative.org.uk