A sunny summer’s day, rare in London and what better way than to spend it at a food and music festival.
Our recent Grazing Asia Supperclub collaboration with Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation has strengthened our relationship with JO’s team and we were offered passes for the Big Feastival in Clapham Common. The Big Feastival is the first time that Jamie Oliver and his team have attempted a summer festival. It was a pretty massive undertaking and it was a big success. They sold about 11,000 for Saturday, which was the capacity for the day.
Luckily for the organisers, Mother Nature was kind and clear skies and sunshine reigned through the weekend. The Big Feastival has packed.
The main event was the Big Kitchen Tent where Jamie and his cheffy friends were doing cooking demos and book signings. This tent was mobbed as the crowd fought to get a glimpse of the cheeky chappie himself. It was about 5 deep so it took a while to edge our way into the tent.
We managed to catch one of the cooking demos where Jamie and Gennaro Contaldo were doing their usual cooking/ comedy double act.
There were loads of hot food tents selling their signature dishes and the queues were long at loads of them, especially the bar tents.
Lots of family fun to be had at the Big Feastival with carousels and rides for the kids.
After Gizzi’s cooking demo, she decamped to this old ice cream van outside the tent to sign her latest book, Gizzi’s Kitchen Magic.
To end the day, we joined the frenzied crowd at the main stage to watch the Charlatans on the main stage. Such fun. Roll on next summer til the next Big Feastival.
What is Grazing Asia?
Over yet another meal, the idea to host a joint Asian Supper Club was hatched. Over the last few days, emails were exchanged and a meeting was held, over a meal of course, a name was coined (Thanks Danny), the concept was defined and the menu was decided.
Who are Grazing Asia?
On the Grazing Asia team are:
The Grazing Asia team is made up of a collaboration of 4 different British Asian food bloggers of different nationalities (Vietnamese, Japanese, Burmese and Malaysian).
Two of whom have been featured internationally for their cooking skills/supperclubs:
Uyen Luu who runs Fernandez and Leluu Supperclub
Luiz Hara who runs the London Cooking Club
Grazing Asia Events:
The first event is on 19th June 2011, and will be held at Jamie Oliver’s Test Kitchens at Fifteen. All proceeds from this event will be for Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation.
For this event specifically we are being joined by Jamie Oliver’s website editor Danny McCubbin.
To book tickets, news on upcoming events and all sorts of other goodies, head over to our new website and also follow us on Twitter @GrazingAsia
Am so thrilled to be part of this Supper Club with this dynamic team of food bloggers but am a wee bit apprehensive to have to cook for so many people. Hope to see you at one of the events soon.