Primary school fundraisers aren’t normally very exciting – they typically involve a lot of too-sweet cupcakes, sponsorship from the smarmy local estate agent, and a spot of face painting. But at Soho Parish School (a small, under-funded state school whose ethnically diverse pupils are drawn from the immediate neighbourhood), things are done a little differently. Here, for the fourth year in a row, they’re laying on the Soho Food Feast, a festival where a range of Soho’s best restaurants and chefs come down to a pretty churchyard to lend their support (and their cooking).
The entrance fee for either the Saturday or Sunday is £17.50 (or £27 for a weekend pass) – this might seem a little steep, but once you’re in, there are live chef demos (from Murano’s Angela Hartnett and Ceviche’s Martin Morales, among others), and the food and drink is pretty fairly priced (as with many food festivals, you first buy ‘tokens’, then swap these at stalls).
The incredible list of participating restaurants is too long to list in full, but it does include Bone Daddies, Brasserie Zedel, Brindisa, Ceviche, Copita, Duck Soup, Gelupo, Koya, Pitt Cue Co, Salt Yard, Spuntino, The Ivy and Wright Brothers. Phew!
Soho Food Feast is at St Anne’s Church Gardens, Soho, W1D 6AF on Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8 from noon-6pm (food served 1pm-4pm). Tickets are selling fast, so snap yours up now at eventbrite.co.uk.