Thousands of foodies will descend on the Restaurant Quarter this Sunday (26th June) to enjoy music, entertainment and fabulous cuisine at the Croydon Food Festival.
South End – Croydon's famous restaurant street – will close to make way for alfresco dining and over 70 stalls serving top class dishes from leading local restaurants and street food chefs, from midday to 7pm.
Three stages will host live music, from folk and rock to jazz and DJs. And there will be street entertainers and fun and games for the whole family with stilt walkers and face painting for children.
Last year's festival drew 10,000 visitors and organisers believe this year's event, with Menta Redrow as lead sponsor, is set to be even bigger and better.
"The festival is now the biggest food event in Croydon, attracting businesses and foodies to the Restaurant Quarter from right across the borough and beyond," said Linda Arthur, chairman of South Croydon Business Association and owner of Bar Txt.
"We hope everyone comes along to enjoy what will be a fabulous day, showcasing the wonderful and diverse range of businesses which regularly bring visitors to Croydon Restaurant Quarter from miles around."
Every type of cuisine will be on offer from every corner of the world, from the classic French cuisine of Malcolm John's Brasserie Vacherin to the authentic Vietnamese Banh Mi's courtesy of Nick Moss's Vietvan.
On the music front, John Butler's wonderful Penny Fathers will be back, along with Susie B, Tenyson, Pop Choir, Da Groove Station, Musicians4You and Bekah King.
The main stage outside Boswell Cottage will feature dance groups, choirs and singers from Croydon and beyond. Croydon's premier live music venue Scream Lounge will run its own live stage outside Croydon Metropolitan College, showcasing hotly-tipped music acts throughout the day. They have set up a Facebook page for visitors to keep up to date with their lineup: https://www.facebook.com/events/635377336617480/
The third stage, hosted by Beats and Eats Bar, will be located outside The Tree House pub boasting an impressive array of DJs.
In addition to Menta Redrow, other supporters of this year's Croydon Food Festival are the Croydon Partnership, Croydon Council, Bagattis, Bryden Johnson and Quantum.
Craig Marks, chief executive of Menta, whose Morello development with Redrow is an exciting new feature of the skyline, believes events such as this are vital to enriching the lives of Croydon's community.
"Menta are delighted to have been able to team up with South Croydon Business Association to ensure this year's food festival can build on the success of previous years," he said.
"Events such as the Croydon Food Festival are vital for bringing people together and we are delighted to have been able to support it and the businesses and restaurants which exist in the borough."
Featuring at the Festival:
Jam N Jerk
Bashford & Co Butchers
Just Beautiful Cupcakes
Cotton Tree Snack Bar
The Cronx Brewery
Jo & Santini
The Chiropractic Centre
Beats and Eats
Maria's Face Fun
The Travelling Gaucho
Imbert Street Food
Hells Grill and Food
What The Fork London
South Beats Cocktail Bar and Lounge
Viet 2 go
Olde Goa Restaurant
Les Deux Amies
Scream 4 Ice Cream
Brown Shuga Dumplin Ltd
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