St Martin’s Courtyard in London will be paying tribute to the cultural diversity of the Capital by hosting a free Global Food Festival that will take place on Saturday the 14th June from 12-5pm.
The idea is to taste your way around the world as this is a celebration of food, drink and culture. All of the 6 restaurants located in the square; Cantina Laredo, Bill’s, Dalla Terra, Dishoom, Suda and Jamie’s Italian will be hosting demonstrations, activities and tastings, thus transforming St Martin’s Courtyard into a vibrant, open air street market bang in the centre of London.
Cantino Laredo will be transforming the courtyard into a Mexican fiesta courtesy of a pop up cocktail bar that will be serving 2000 complimentary ‘Lime Paloma’ cocktails made from El Jimador tequila. If you want more of a hands on experience head for the demonstrations that show you how to make the ‘Top Shelf’ guacamole from Cantina Laredo, as well as tasting their signature dishes such as the sizzling brownies and salsas.
To add further to the party atmosphere, there will be a Mexican mariachi band performing to the expected crowds. Diners at the restaurant can also enjoy Casa Rita margaritas for the whole day.
English cream teas will be served from Bill’s market barrow as well as strawberries with lashings of cream. There will be free cucumber finger sandwiches for all to be enjoyed whilst reclining in one of Bill’s deckchairs and listening to the jubilant sounds of a big brass band. Bill’s jams, marmalades and chutneys will be on sale in his little corner of England.
Recreating Bangkok’s famous street food, Suda will be cooking up a variety of delicious regional Thai dishes such as satay, Pandan wraps, Thai fishcakes and papaya salad. Guests can also enjoy performances by traditional Thai dancers and puppeteers. Children will love watching animals crafted from sugar. A street food tasting menu has been exclusively created and will be served in the restaurant.
Wine lovers should visit enoteca Dalla Terra for Italian wine tasting. Mini master classes will include a tasting of three wines plus some fine Italian cheeses and cold meats, for £10 per person. For a more in-depth experience, a one hour wine tasting seminar will be hosted in the restaurant at 3.30pm by one of Dalla Terra’s wine experts, giving an introduction to a selection of red and white wines, matched with unique cheeses and cold meats for £20 per person.
Bringing the aromas and flavours of Bombay to the courtyard, Dishoom will be dishing up melt in the mouth slow cooked pulled Lamb Raan burgers, as well as tempting Indian tipples and refreshing soft drinks.
Don’t miss the Jamie’s Italian hog roast and homemade Italian lemonade, served beside the restaurant’s al fresco terrace.
Taste delicious honey with zero food miles, created by St Martin’s Courtyard’s very own bees. Organic beauty brand Melvita was founded by a beekeeper and many of the natural products in the range are made using organic honey. A variety of Melvita organic honey is produced in beehives on the St Martin’s Courtyard roof garden and this will be available to taste in-store alongside Melvita’s range of honeys. To mark the launch of Melvita’s brand new Berry Body Wash which is made with juices and real fruit pulp, use pedal power to create your own free smoothie on Melvita’s urban smoothie bike.
St Martin’s Courtyard has become a destination for foodies, introducing new restaurant concepts to the London dining scene. With Italian, Thai, Mexican, Indian and British cuisine at St Martin’s Courtyard there is something for everyone on the menu. Cantina Laredo is the first of its kind outside America and offers authentic gourmet Mexican cuisine alongside London’s best selection of sipping tequilas.
Dishoom is London’s first Bombay Café specialising in authentic Indian grilled food, cocktails and all day dining. Jamie Oliver’s West End flagship of Jamie’s Italian serves rustic Italian dishes in a laid back environment. Bill’s is a unique cafe/restaurant combined with a chef’s larder offering Bill’s chutneys, olive oils, preserves and more. Exclusive to St Martin’s Courtyard, Suda is a completely new Thai concept specialising in regional cuisine and Dalla Terra is an Italian enoteca with over 180 wines available by the bottle.