Real Food Harvest Festival

Seasonal produce at a harvest festival

Taking place from 27 - 29 September, the Real Food Harvest Festival will see three days of delicious seasonal treats from 120 producers and top chefs.

With crowds of up to 50,000 expected on the South Bank, this free event will be a chance for individuals to showcase their best in seasonal and sustainable food and drink to a huge new audience.

Alongside the locally and ethically produced food, there will be live music, entertainment from the Chef's Theatre as it hosts demonstrations and both sheep sheering and dancing sheep at the Sheep Show.

Children will also be kept busy with a chance to get involved with numerous interactive workshops, along with an opportunity to feed lambs and pigs at the mini farm.

For more information check the  Real Food Festival website.

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27 - 29 September - Will you be enjoying the seasonal food and drink in some typically autumnal weather? Check the forecast to find out.

Building on the success of the Real Food Market, this free event will take over the Southbank Centre for three days, providing a chance to enjoy plenty of tasty treats.

On Friday the Real Food Harvest Festival will be open between 12.00 - 20.00, Saturday 11.00 - 20.00 and Sunday 12.00 - 18.00.

The festival will also offer;

  • Taste workshops
  • Butchery classes
  • Butter-making sessions
  • Displays of livestock from Laverstock Farm

One of the goals of the Good Food Harvest Festival is to reconnect people with where their food comes from so this is the perfect chance to learn about seasonal produce.

We met with Craig and Gelf from River Cottage to learn about how they plan the work of their gardening team around the UK's changeable weather conditions, to make sure they have fresh, seasonal produce for their menus and kitchen.

The video below explains how they use the forecast to adapt their planting and irrigation schedules, to ensure they are using their homegrown ingredients when they are at their best.

From field to fork - gardening, cooking and the weather at River Cottage
Following a colder than normal March and April, we talked to head gardener Craig and sous chef Gelf about how the weather is impacting the food they grow and cook at River Cottage.