When we launched Real Food almost a decade ago, the organic movement had yet to enter the mainstream. It was long before the street food revolution and nobody had really heard of things like quinoa or purple sprouting broccoli. But we believed people cared enough about their food to seek out independent, artisan producers who put the quality and integrity of their product above all else.
Eight years later, we’re delighted to find that we were right. The UK is more engaged with food then it has ever been, with farmer’s markets and street food events sprouting up and down the country.
Real Food’s festivals, events and markets celebrate the pleasure of food while helping to support small producers and independent food businesses creating sustainable and ethical products.
These producers are crucial in preserving our natural environment, local economies, agricultural knowledge and food culture. We believe it is vitally important to support their existence and reconnect people to where their food comes from.
Our first annual Real Food Festival took place at Earls Court in May 2008 with 400 exhibitors and international celebrity chefs including Raymond Blanc, Carlo Cracco, Ashley Palmer-Watts of the Fat Duck, Fergus Henderson and Giorgio Locatelli, attracting 25,000 visitors. We have since gone on to launch several annual food festivals, regular markets, pop-ups, and dedicated large-scale street food festivals in central London, Bristol and internationally; including events at Southbank Centre, along the river Thames, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, closing the whole of Regent Street to traffic and shipping out the UK’s best street food traders and their trucks to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, to the feet of the tallest building in the world.
We don’t believe that food should be treated as a basic commodity and in an effort to bring great food to as many people as possible we have collaborated with some fantastic partners and like-minded organizations…
Click here to see some of the ambassadors who have supported us over the years too.