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The 3 Crowns Wine Fair

three crowns wine fairOn Saturday 9th August, the team behind The 3 Crowns Public House and Restaurant will host an all-day, outdoor wine fair complete with stalls hosted by specially selected wine merchants, food from head chef Lee Urch, live music and carnival games. In the unexpected location, a stone’s throw from Silicon Roundabout (Old Street) the fair will add a touch of ‘summer fete’ to the inner-city. Brunswick Place, just outside the pub, will be closed off to traffic and grass turf laid to create a green and lively space amongst the concrete of this active Islington corner. Guests can simply drop by throughout the day, as it is open event with no reservation required.

At The 3 Crowns Wine Fair guests will be able to try a variety of wines directly from the winemakers themselves; guests will buy a branded wine glass for £5 at the bar and top it up with 125ml measures of the finest wines at each of the pit stops. The 3 Crowns will provide the platform to showcase those vendors with a keen interest in bringing new and innovative wines from the Continent’s lesser-known producers to the London audience. Larger merchants such as Roberson, and Vinothentic have a prevalent array of wines from vineyards around the world with a particular focus on those that use traditional and ancestral methods of viticulture – making wine in harmony with nature.

A selection of boutique traders will also offer exciting and exceptional wines, rarely sold in the mainstream market, such as local business owners Luca Dusi and Federico Bruscetta from Passione Vino that literally means “passionate for wine”, who seek to find the most unusual and undiscovered Italian wine makers. Portuguese Story tell the narrative of Portugal through authentic, locally grown wines created in a unique climate where the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean meet to produce firm, full bodied wines. No wine fair would be complete without the presence of France and The French Wine Project, based in the Cote de Blaye, will bring wines from the Chateau des Tourtes region amongst other hidden jewels from around the country.

The 3 Crowns head chef, Lee Urch, will be serving plates of charcuterie and cheeses along with dishes such as confit duck sandwiches and pork belly with beans and will cost between £5-£10. A designated area with tables will allow guests to eat comfortably with front of house service from Rohit Patkar, co-owner of the restaurant. Good food and wine will be accompanied with family friendly activities including croquet, boules and a raffle with proceeds going to charitable organisation Better Health who will also have a stall selling locally produced bread made by adults recovering from mental ill health. To cap it all off, musical collective Feldspar will headline a small, curated stage of local talent with original material throughout the event.

The 3 Crowns 8 East Road/Brunswick Place – Old Street, London.

Summer Appetite Festival

Walthamstow FestivalThis July a special summer edition of Appetite Festival will take place in Waltham Forest’s Lloyd Park as part of Walthamstow Garden Party, a free two-day festival produced by the Barbican and Create.

Showcasing local food businesses and growers, the Appetite tents will be set up on Lloyd Park’s moated island on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July. The perfect mini art & food festival, Summer Appetite will magic-up the ideal chill-out space, complete with deckchairs, vintage vehicles and the opportunity to taste and buy from stalls set up by the best of E17 foodies – everything from Walthamstow-grown organic vegetables to mouth-watering must-have gourmet food delights. The exciting events programme will bring the award-winning Artillery twist to the delectable and slightly naughty festival menu of gin palaces and pop-up tea rooms. With a focus on local artists, designers, writers and performers Summer Appetite will make us all eat our words with invitations to play, poetry and spoken word performances, a very special Art Stall and some grown-ups-only liquor-lubricated evenings.

Entry to the Walthamstow Garden Party will be free, from 12 noon – 8pm daily and everyone is welcome.

Set directly behind the William Morris Museum, Lloyd Park has been a favourite recreational place for Waltham Forest residents since it was opened on 28th July 1900 – so our Summer Appetite Festival will be just days before the park celebrates it’s 114th birthday. We feel newspaper publisher Frank Lloyd, whose donation of the house and gardens making gallery and park possible, would have thoroughly approved…..

Full details of stall holders and the event programme will be announced shortly, so keep your eye on the website ( and follow on twitter @appetiteinfo for up-to-date news, offers and sneaky previews.




Sunday 20 July, 11am – 6pm.
• 30 of the area’s best restaurants, bars and cafés will bring their dishes and concepts out onto the streets of Carnaby
• £5 taster dishes and on-the-day offers
• Over 15 global cuisines
• A series of expert cooking demos, led by presenter and foodie Hardeep Singh Kohli
• Live music and entertainment

International Cuisines
From Hawaiian to Indian, Italian, Japanese and pan Asian, there will be the chance to experience the sights, smells and flavours of over 15 international cuisines.

Expect a variety of food trucks and stalls cooking up delicious dishes, fresh in front of you. Highlights on Kingly Street will include hirata buns and gyoza from Shoryu Carnaby’s traditional yatai style street food stand and Wright Brothers Soho serving up Prosecco with smoked salmon, capers and chopped egg on toast or oysters – they’ll even show you how to shuck them.

SACRED Café will be celebrating their New Zealand heritage with mini pies and ANZAC cookies; Hawaiian grill Kua ’Aina will be serving their ‘sun in a bun’ burgers and sandwiches from their mobile ‘beach shack’ and check out the Pizza Pilgrims’ Margherita Bar, serving up authentic Margheritas with a selection of homemade flavoured oils as well as fresh rocket and basil.

Masala Zone will be offering street food starters and Masala pot mains and at The Rum Kitchen Carnaby’s stall you can sample delights including roast pumpkin and chickpea curry, saltash fritter and jerk chicken wings. Round it off with a filter coffee from Speakeasy Espresso and Brew Bar and watch the baristas at work.

On Ganton Street, Cha Cha Moon will be serving their signature Singapore noodles and The Diner will have the Sweet Home Burger on offer – a classic 100% USDA 5 oz cheeseburger, soft potato roll, pickle, bacon and French’s.
Head to the Newburgh Quarter for traditional French tartine from wine bar Antidote and Carnaby Burger Co. will be giving away free canapés and running a raffle with prizes including win a burger a day for a month.
Additionally, there will be special offers and activity from Rosa’s Thai, Dehesa, Leon and Zebrano.

Best of British
Visit The Urban Tea Rooms where they will be putting on a spread of perennial summer favourites including Pimms, tea cocktails and a selection of sandwiches and quiches; try a pulled chicken bap and craft beer from concept restaurant Whyte & Brown or indulge in a scone with iced tea from Camellia’s Tea House. Shampers wine bar and restaurant have developed a special menu – available to eat in, or takeaway.

Sweet Treats
Those with a sweet tooth should get to Choccywoccydoodah where there’ll be giving out free chocolate samples and a Kiss FM DJ will be spinning the decks, or head to the iconic Johnny Cupcakes store where you’ll find the Crumbs and Doilies market stall, selling a selection of cupcakes and copies of The Cake Book by Cupcake Jemma.
Brand new American diner Stax will be showcasing their Duffin Sundaes, speciality ice creams and ice cream floats and espresso bar Mozzino will be teaming up with Katia Kitchen, who bakes authentic, artisan Italian recipes from her home town of Piedmont. They’ll be serving up her sweet treats alongside a cold press street brew of coffee.

Healthy Options
There will be plenty of healthy options from The Detox Kitchen who will serve wheatgrass shots and their best selling salads and Triyoga’s new Retreat café. There will be proper Greek food from The Life Goddess and real fruit and smoothie café Moosh will be offering tasters and special offers in store.

Kingly Court is the West End’s newest dining destination with new food concepts and al-fresco dining. Here, presenter, foodie and one-time Celebrity Masterchef winner Hardeep Singh Kohli will take the main stage, cooking up some of his favourite dishes and inviting some of the area’s most well known restaurateurs and chefs to join him.
Throughout Carnaby, watch out for the roller skating Disco honeys and the Cirque le Soir performers; enjoy live music and watch a demo of detoxifying yoga poses from triyoga or just chill out on the deckchairs. Stop by Lomography who will be running fish-eye camera workshops – no excuses for not securing the perfect foodie snap.

For the Kids
Babywear store Carry Me Home has 20% off bibs for the day and ZSL London Zoo’s pop up shop will be offering animal face painting, so that even the littlest visitors can get involved with the festival.

Register on for a free event guide and entry into a prize draw to win one for five dinners for two.

Rioja Tapas Fantasticas


Rioja Tapas Fantasticas is a free two day London based festival celebrating Rioja wine, Spanish food and lifestyle, taking place Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th June at Potters Field Park adjacent to Tower Bridge. Now in its seventh year, Rioja Tapas Fantastic is the place to experience and taste a sensational range of red, white and rosé wines from some of Rioja’s most famous vineyards and sample authentic Spanish cuisine from some of London’s best Spanish restaurants and street food venders (including Bar Tozino, Jose, Bravas Tapas, Bar Esteban, Camino, Donastia Social Club ). On arrival visitors can purchase a tasting glass for £3.50 and receive four tokens to exchange for Rioja wines (wine is served by the glass).

There will be live Spanish music, cookery demonstrations from chef José Pizarro plus wine tasting workshops and 30 minute wine walks from wine experts Olly Smith and Susy Atkins (tickets for workshops and tours can be purchased online) plus a brand new interactive food and wine matching dining experience to entertain visitors over the weekend.

Now in its seventh year, the ever popular festival takes inspiration from Calle Laurel, the renowned tapas crawl in the heart of Rioja; Spain’s best loved wine region and gastronomic capital. Every weekend, Calle Laurel sees people wandering from bar to bar, enjoying a different tapa accompanied by a glass of Rioja. At Rioja Tapas Fantasticas you can recreate this experience on London’s Southbank; why not try your own Spanish-style tapas crawl with seared scallops with Spanish ratatouille and green chilli sauce from Donostia Social Club, deliciously matched with a glass of oaked white Rioja, then move onto a tapas dish of chiccarones de candiz (slow cooked pork belly with cumin and lemon) from Morito with an intense and spicy Rioja Reserva or lamp chops with rosemary alioli from Bravas Tapas, equally well matched with an intense and silky Gran Reserva.

Dessert for D-Day

Dessert for D-Day Great British Menu chef Aktar Islam is calling on the general public around the country to spend time with their older neighbours by rustling up a dessert or pudding to share on 6th June, the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

The award-winning Birmingham chef wowed the judges on BBC 2’s Great British Menu with a show stopping, war-time inspired pudding complete with edible Churchill cigar. He is now urging everyone to offer a slice of friendship and make a Dessert for D-Day for an older neighbour they know or donate to Age UK, the Charity that supports vulnerable older people across the country.

Loneliness is a huge issue that affects people all year round with around one million older people regularly going an entire month without speaking to anyone and 600,000ii older people only leaving their house once a week or less.

Aktar, chef director at the award winning Lasan restaurant in Birmingham said: “Sharing food is a fantastic way to open doors, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a Battenburg, Bakewell or a Blancmange – by knocking on your neighbour’s door and sharing your Desserts for D-Day on Friday 6th June and throughout the weekend that follows you could be bringing a little comfort into someone’s life.”

Laurie Boult, Head of Fundraising at Age UK said: “At Age UK we know how devastating loneliness can be for older people so we are delighted to be involved in Desserts for D-Day. Sharing a pudding with an older neighbour you know is a lovely way to brighten up their day. If you can’t share a pudding, you can still make a difference simply by donating to Age UK. We support a wonderful range of services, such as befriending, social activities, lunch clubs and coffee mornings to give lonely older people the opportunity to feel more connected.”

To help Age UK end loneliness people can donate today by calling 0800 169 8787 or texting HELLO to 70004 to donate £3 and help make later life better. To find out more about ‘Desserts for D-Day’ log on to To find out more about Age UK’s work to tackle loneliness and how you can donate go to Share your photos from the day with Age UK on Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #lovelaterlife or post them on Age UK’s Facebook page.