The fair – now in its fourth year – is a one-day charity event raising funds for the winter homeless shelter at the Barnes Methodist Church. It's held in a big marquee on Barnes Green in the heart of Barnes Village. Over 80 artisan food producers, including local restaurants, shops and bakeries, show off their produce. Enter the tent and you'll be immersed in the scents, sounds and tastes of quality cheeses, olive oils, sauces, bread, cakes and chocolate, to name just some of what's on offer.
Free samples and tasters are offered on many of the stalls, but make sure you've got some cash on you as it'll be very hard to resist not coming away empty handed. Live music, cooking demonstrations and an outdoor street-food picnic area, serving the likes of Tagine and Thai curry, make the event a day to remember. Tickets for the fair are only £4 and can be purchased on arrival.
There will be limited tickets for the Cookery Theatre (held in the Barnes Green Centre, a Victorian school house next to the village pond) available on the day, but the rest will be sold in advance, so if you're interested in attending a demonstration, then it's worth booking ahead to avoid disappointment. The chefs confirmed for this year so far are Phil Howard and Atul Kochhar.
There will be many specialist food retailers in Barnes that are not at the fair because they have shops to run, but they will be taking part in the day by joining in the Taste Trail. All participating shops will offer special discounts or give away delicious samples, so the fair is not limited to the marquee alone.
If you've not been to Barnes (aka London's village) before, then the Food Fair is a good excuse to get yourself over to South-West London and explore the area. Barnes is served by two train stations (Barnes and Barnes Bridge), plus there are regular buses to and from Hammersmith where you'll find the nearest tube station.