London Restaurant Festival 2012 in partnership with American Express (1 – 15 October), now in its fourth year, announces that its first wave of tickets is on sale. The two-week celebration of the capital’s restaurants and food introduces original and exciting new events and confirms the return of festival favourites.
In keeping with their trend-setting reputation, LRF 2012 with a brand new concept ‘Graze’ (1 – 15 October). Exmouth Market; Bermondsey Street; Brixton Village; Marylebone High Street, Charlotte Street and Soho play host to this unique event offering holders of the Graze keyring an evening of restaurant hopping along these gastronomic hotspots.
With some of London’s most celebrated restaurants on board including Caravan, Moro, Bubbledogs, Jose, Copita, French & Grace and Trishna diners enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, beer or a cocktail with the purchase of a small plate or main course at each restaurant.
Simon Davis, Director and Co-Founder, of the London Restaurant Festival said: ‘We are thrilled to announce the first batch of tickets is now on sale for this year’s festival. We are fizzing about Graze – it’s a jolly simple idea but will be great fun for people who want to explore new places. Happily all the restaurants we have approached are really behind the idea too which is crucial. It’s restaurant –hopping and we will have six Graze streets during the festival. But Graze is just one of dozens of LRF events.”
LRF 2012 other new events include Kitchen Influentials, an exclusive event for American Express Cardmembers, which will bring together some of the country’s most renowned chefs with their protégés, family or friends for a one off lunch. The twenty chefs include Michel Roux, Bruno Loubet, Rowley Leigh and Mark Hix.
LRF 2012 will also see the return of many festival favourites including London’s original gastronomic road trip the Gourmet Odyssey, after a Laurent-Perrier reception, guests ride on an iconic red Routemaster bus across the capital and enjoy a course in three different restaurants. The Tapas Tour gives ticket holders the chance to experience traditional tapas crawls across the city. Eat Film is back at Firmdale Hotels with chefs and foodies screening a film that has inspired them before hosting a dinner. LRF launches London’s first GastroPub Quiz involving 100 pubs and the annual culinary discussion The Big Debate will be held at the The Tabernacle in Notting Hill with partners 5×15, the motion asks whether celebrity chefs and TV shows are ruining cooking. Fortnum & Mason will host Game On – a celebration of Game with visiting chefs and LRF’s first shoot where chefs will bag their own game for the pot. LRF 2012 will also be serving up a host of Side Orders (Fringe Events) and announcing many more exciting events later in the year.
Prices start at £10. For further information and to purchase tickets please visit www.londonrestaurantfestival.com