Fun foodie experiences this summer

Tim Firmager
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As well as a calendar bursting with Pride events and holidays, the summer brings with it an abundance of foodie events. At Vada, we’ve rounded up three ideas from delivered craft beers, to take-away afternoon tea and epicurean food markets dotted across London to weave into your summer plans to enhance a fabulous diary of foodie fun.

Fun foodie experiences Hopt beer

Hopt – Boxpark

Hopt, based at Shoreditch’s BOXPARK is a craft beer retailer who will deliver drinks, chilled, direct to your home or office in 60 minutes.

Hopt curate their beers according to customers’ moods, so whether it’s a chilled evening with friends, getting ready for a party or dinner with a twist, they’ve designed a selection for you. They keep things fresh by bringing in a new range every two weeks, so you can revisit knowing the choice wont go stale. Hopt do the homework and the delivery, all you need to do is the drinking.

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Fun foodie experiences take away afternoon tea

Take-away Afternoon Tea

What is more British than an Afternoon Tea? The latest foodie trend this summer is to take-away your afternoon tea to enjoy either at home or outdoors as a picnic. These four perfectly prepped Afternoon Teas allow you to scout out the ideal spot for an al fresco feast in the sun, whatever the occasion.

Lancaster London – pick up a package from Lancaster London and head across the road to enjoy an afternoon tea in Hyde Park on a glorious summer’s day. The offering will be beautifully packaged and feature traditional British treats including: Mini passion fruit & raspberry macaroons; fresh-out–the-oven Scones (plain and raisin) with home-made strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream; plus Iced tea in a retro glass with straw. Priced from £19.50 per person.

The Arch London – a central London five-star retreat and its picnic hampers will offer a taste of Hunter 486 restaurant’s critically acclaimed Best of British inspired menu. Gourmet picnic delights include smoked salmon sandwiches with lemon butter and cracked black pepper; homemade crisps with sea salt, lemon and sage; and poached free-range chicken breast with tarragon vinaigrette, accompanied by half a bottle of Tattinger Champagne. Priced from £45 per person.

The Park Tower Knightsbridge – is now offering a takeaway version of their signature Knightsbridge Lounge Afternoon Tea. The set will come in a beautifully designed three-tier takeaway carry box that include traditional Afternoon Tea favourites with a posh twist, such as Ivory white chocolate and pistachio pastry with gold leaf; Shot of Granny Smith apple & wild blackberry, vanilla panna cotta; and Walnut and whisky buttercream cupcake. Priced from £19.50 per person.

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BB Bakery – known for its store in Covent Garden, has created an on-demand service delivering Afternoon Tea straight to your door. The bakery’s unique Afternoon Tea offering will arrive in an original London Taxi and the selection of snacks will include finger sandwiches, cakes and freshly baked scones, along with a range of classically British teas. Priced from £19 per person.

Fun foodie experiences Epicurean food markets

Epicurean Food markets

If neither beer nor Afternoon Tea are your cup of tea, then head over to an Epicurean food market, which provide foodie Londoners with a taste of authentic, modern and thrilling world street food cuisine. Epicurean’s markets infuse a sense of excitement into meal times, taking customers on a sensory trip around the globe through the combination of unique aromas, flavours and textures from each cuisine on offer. Also on offer is regular entertainment, including live music and immersive cooking demonstrations.

Expect to find stalls from the Muffin Man – gourmet English breakfast and lunch muffins, incorporating unusual toppings, such as smoked eel, scrambled duck egg and a curry butter muffin; the Gyoza Guys – the owners’ obsession for delicious dumplings always attracts a crowd; Crafty Pies – homemade pies with delicious and unusual fillings, such as Maple glazed Lamb and Wild Berries; Cheeky Burger – a family run business from a French master-chef semi-finalist and his burger-loving wife, offering classic burger styles with unusual ingredients, such as peanut butter and Jack Daniels jam; and House of Dodo – Tropical Mauritian street food using recipes that have been passed down through the family generations.

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Events include markets at St Katherine Docks running every Friday of the week, Devonshire Square the 1st week of every month and Islington Green Night Market is a new event, launching 19 and 20th August, then every Friday and Saturday, 5-9pm.

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About Tim Firmager

Tim divides his time being a Digital Consultant in The City and as a food and travel writer across the globe. When he's not working as one of the Lifestyle Editors here at Vada, he's planning his next trip, or on the lookout for the latest food crazes or unusual foods in London's markets.