Christmas is without a doubt the most food oriented Christian holiday on the calendar. Easter does make a good stab for the title, but can never quite match up to the gluttony of the December month. It is no surprise then, that That the inaugural Foodies Festival Christmas at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane is the UK's biggest celebration of food and drink.
This year's three-day event takes place between the 28th - 30th November, and welcomes back those long awaited Christmas staples, such as mince pies, mulled wine, and roast chestnuts. The festival also boasts a huge selection of new features, including a Whiskey Arena, International Cheese Village, Craft Beer Market, and a Ski Bar serving themed cocktails and snacks.
Sharing Christmas lunch is an enjoyable family experience, but for the one doing the cooking, it can be a stressful time. The festival hopes to relieve some of that pressure by having top chefs teach you how to cook the perfect Christmas feast at their open-air theatre. You will also be able to take part in a food and drink matching masterclasses, and be advised on the best champagnes of the season. Children can also have fun baking at the Elf Cookery School.
Other foodie features include Cake & Bake Masterclasses, pop-up restaurants, a soda bar, and life-sized Gingerbread House serving warm ginger cider and roasted marshmallows. The Pudding Hall is a haven of sweet treats with pātissiers and chocolatiers selling eggnog tarts, marzipan bonbons and macarons.
Christmas is not all about the food of course. There will also be lots of other fun activities, such as a daily Christmas Bumper Quiz at 5pm, a photo booth to take group 'Christmas Jumper' pictures, carol singing, ceilidh dancing, live DJs and music, snowball fights, and a petting reindeer zoo.
Tickets to the show are £18 - 20 adult and £16 - 318 concessions when booked in advance. You can also buy at the door for an added £2. Children under 12 go free. A three-day pass and VIP entry is also also available.