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Spitalfields International Food Festival 2012

Spitalfields International Food Festival 2012

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IN 2012, Spitalfields celebrates its gourmet status as the most exciting culinary destination in London with a Festival highlighting the hundreds of diverse restaurants, bars and cafes of this distinctive district.

From haute cuisine to delicious street food and specialist shops – Spitalfields has it all.

Easily accessible from Liverpool Street, Aldgate and Aldgate East tube stations, and the new Shoreditch High Street Station, Spitalfields offers the opportunity to taste a truly international variety of dishes from all over the world.

With over 180 selected Restaurants, Bars, Brasseries, Cafes, a Farm, Markets, Specialist Shops and Street Food Stalls, the Spitalfields International Food Festival offers exciting eating experiences in every corner of the neighbourhood.

Bounded by Bethnal Green Road, Bishopsgate, Houndsditch, Whitechapel High Street and Vallance Road, visitors are invited to explore Spitalfields and discover a history closely connected to immigration.

In the late 17th century, large numbers of French Huguenots settled in the area mainly involved in the silk weaving industry and many of their fine Georgian houses survive. In the latter part of the 19th century the area was dominated by Eastern European Jews and since the end of the 20th century many people from Bangladesh have settled here.

So it’s not surprising that Spitalfields is such a vibrant cultural quarter, full of artists, galleries, famous markets and quirky boutiques, with a remarkable variety of food to enjoy.

Spitalfields International Food Festival 2012 runs from July 21 to September 9, 2012.

On Sunday, July 22 (12 noon to 5pm), the Spitalfields Farm Food Fair celebrates the opening of the Spitalfields International Food Festival with fresh farm produce, fruit and vegetables, home-made cakes, food and drink stalls, food growing workshops, cookery demonstrations, donkey rides and the ECO-CHIC Market.

The Spitalfields Farm Food Fair takes place at Spitalfields City Farm and Allen Gardens, Buxton Street, E1 5AR (off Brick lane and Vallance Road) and admission is free.

For more information call 020 7375 0441 or visit www.alternativearts.co.uk.