South End food festival to return to Croydon on Sunday 20th July

By - Thursday 19th June, 2014

To the delight of foodies throughout Croydon and beyond, the South End food festival returns for its third consecutive year on Sunday 20th July.  The festival will showcase the restaurants and businesses in Croydon restaurant quarter and will feature live music, alfresco dining, children’s activities, a demo kitchen and food sampling. 

Chefs in action at last year’s succesful South End food festival in Croydon’s restaurant quarter. Image from White Label consultants, used with permission

Release begins: The South End Food Festival returns next month bigger and better with an extended street closure and longer hours than ever before.

This is the third time the festival, which takes place on Sunday, July 20 and showcases the best restaurants and businesses in Croydon’s Restaurant Quarter, has been held and this year features Brakes Professional Food Market as the headline sponsor.

South End will be closed from Coombe Road to Aberdeen Road and the day will feature live music and street entertainment, al fresco dining, food stalls, children’s activities, free food samples and a theatre kitchen with demonstrations by local chefs.

The opening hours have been extended so the festival will now run from 12pm to 8pm so that visitors can enjoy the entertainment and dining into the early evening.

The headline sponsor, Brakes Professional Food Market, has opened a retail outlet in Croydon which is the first of its kind in the UK. The huge, temperature controlled indoor market is stocked, designed and staffed to make customers’ lives easier and their menus better. Expert advisers are available to answer questions about produce and offer their advice on a one-to-one basis.

Martin Sandler, operations director at Brakes Professional Food Market, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the South End Food Festival this year.

“We are passionate about supporting the local community and local businesses and feel that this is a fantastic way of doing that in Croydon, home of our new Professional Food Market.

“Brakes Food Market is staffed by locals from Croydon and we are keen to do whatever we can do to support and promote the borough.”

McMillan Williams Solicitors and Barratt Homes are silver sponsors for the festival, with The Croydon Partnership, a collaboration between Westfield and Hammerson who are bringing a Westfield shopping centre to central Croydon, the bronze sponsor.

Last year’s food festival attracted more than 6,000 visitors and Linda Arthur, chairman of the South Croydon Business Association and the owner of Bar Txt, said: “It is great to see the Food Festival returning and I am really pleased to have Brakes on board as the headline sponsor.

“The festival has been a great success in the past two years but, with longer hours and an even bigger space this year, I am confident the 2014 festival will be the best yet.”

Peter Bagatti, who owns Bagatti’s in South End, said: “We are really pleased to once more be taking part in the Food Festival given the huge success it has had in the past.

“It brings a lot of people to South End and is a great showcase for the area and a really fun day for everyone. I know I enjoy it.”

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