Tuck in to the best of Kingston-upon-Thames and the surrounding region at the annual Kingston Food Festival.

Our anchor weekend of free food events runs Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 August 2013 with the return of an even bigger Big Kingston Market featuring local restaurateurs, exciting hot foods, great local drinks and a host of growers and producers from across Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire, alongside gourmet and international cuisines.

That weekend also sees the free Live Food Show showcasing top local chefs, the Children's Food Festival packed with tasty treats and hands-on fun for little foodies, plus a line-up of entertainment including the Chilli Challenge and Extreme Food Challenge.

Restaurant Week also returns from 28 July - 3 August with special offers at participating local eateries, the free Kingston Food Trail on Friday 1 August plus two exciting new events: Make Your Case – our punk wine tasting night –, and the International Chef Exchange!

AUGUST 2013 EVENTS: What's on and when!


Kingston Restaurant Week

When: Monday 28 July - Sunday 3 August 2014

Where: Participating restaurants

Tuck in at the best Kingston restaurants and cafés with exclusive Restaurant Week offers.


Kingston Food Trail

When: Friday 1 August 2014, 2pm - 6pm

Where: Participating venues across the town centre

Cost: FREE

Follow the Kingston Food Trail and sample complimentary tasters of food and drink at participating venues.


Big Kingston Market

When: Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 August 2014, 10am - 5pm

Where: Market Place, Union Street, Clarence Street

Cost: FREE

The BIGGEST food event of the year in south west London, enjoy great food and drink from local growers, producers and restaurateurs alongside a wide range of gourmet international cuisine.


Live Food Show

When: Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 August 2014, 11am - 4pm

Where: Memorial Gardens

Cost: FREE

Top chefs showcase their skills on the Live Food Show stage, hosted by food writer Andrew Kay.


Children’s Food Festival

When: Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 August 2014, 10am - 4pm

Where: Memorial Gardens

Cost: FREE

We’ve lots of hands-on and interactive activities for little foodies!


Chilli Challenge

When: Saturday 2 August 2014, 5pm

Where: Live Food Show stage, Memorial Gardens

Cost: FREE

Can you take the heat?!


Extreme Food Challenge

When: Sunday 3 August 2014, 3.30pm

Where: Live Food Show stage, Memorial Gardens

Cost: FREE

We’ve scoured the globe for the most unusual delicacies and bizarre foods. 


NEW FOR 2014: Make Your Case

When: Friday 1 August 2014, 7pm

Where: Venue TBC

Cost: £35 including all wine and food (tickets available soon)

Local vintners, sommeliers and wine experts present their favourite wines for you the audience to judge. The catch is they only have three minutes and they're not allowed to say the grape, country of origin or price! This is a fun, fast and furious night of wine tasting with a difference, accompanied by sharing platters of cheese & charcuterie.


NEW FOR 2014: International Chef Exchange

When: Thursday 31 July 2014, 7pm

Where: Venue TBC

Cost: £65 including all wine and food (tickets available soon)

We invite a top local chef from a partner restaurant in Europe to come and showcase his skills and the cuisine of his home region to us right here in Kingston. Then our chef heads to do the same! International Chef Exchange is part of a six part television series to be shown in 2014 on Channel 8.



If you would like to participate in the Kingston Food Festival in any of the following ways, please register your interest in the Get Involved section of this website. For comprehensive outline of all the opportunities available at the Kingston Food Festival for businesses of all types and sizes, download our Get Involved document here.

• Grower, producer or hot food pitch at the Big Kingston Market

• Chef demo slot on the Live Food Show

• Join Kingston Restaurant Week with a restaurant menu promotion

• Host your own food event during the festival period

• Participate in the Kingston Food Trail


If you are a children's food workshop provider and would like to run activities in our Children's Food Festival area then please call Nat on 01273 77 00 44.


If you are a brand and would like to discuss promotional opportunities at this event, then please call Soozie or Nick on 01273 77 00 44 to discuss options.


We also have a Business Supporter package for non-food sector businesses operating in the Kingston area – for more information download our Get Involved document here.

The Kingston Food Festival is delivered by Kingstonfirst – for more information please visit:

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