In the beginning…
Real Food Festivals have been running food festivals, events and markets since 2008, when we launched the first Real Food Festival at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, which The Guardian called “Heavyweight, that is the only word for the Real Food Festival. One of the biggest and most interesting dates in the British food calendar.”
Festivals, events & markets…
We have since gone on to launch several annual food festivals, regular markets, pop-ups, and dedicated street food festivals championing and celebrating the very best food producers and businesses out there.
Our events have been staged at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Southbank Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Regent Street, Battersea Power Station, Islington, Greenwich Peninsula and King’s Cross, as well as International events where we have shipped out the UK’s finest street food traders (and their trucks!) to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, to the feet of the tallest building in the world.
What it’s all about…
We are driven by a belief that people share our conviction in real food enough to seek out independent, artisan producers who put the quality and integrity of their product above all else, and our 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 food producers and businesses 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. 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.
Our overriding philosophy is that all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered and that through our products, practices, and profits, we should aspire to do no harm and to benefit all.