By Elisa Freeling
London Food Month, the new annual festival put on throughout June 2017 by the Evening Standard, is a gourmet’s dream—hundreds of food-focused events and masterclasses across the city, renowned chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants, and a Night Market filled with mouth-watering delights—but there are loads of options for foodie kids as well. Throughout the month, Kids in the Kitchen events offer tasting menus, cooking classes and even some special Father’s Day treats, all aimed at kids’ learning about, preparing and enjoying delicious dining.
Let’s start with the most important meal: dessert. Fortnum’s Build Your Ultimate Sundae (from £6), running on the 17th and 18th of June, is a sweet treat for both kids and dads on Father’s Day weekend.
Another event in honour of Father’s Day is Pizza Fun: Dads & Daughters Day (£10 per family, already sold out on the Sunday, so Saturday June 10th has been added), which features Neapolitan pizza making at Mercato Metropolitano.
At Each Peach Pear Plum: A Morning of Culinary Creativity, Teaching Children About the Seasonality of Vegetables and Fruit, kids will learn from Chef Chantelle Nicholson to create their own dishes in her restaurant, Tredwells. The event is free but a donation of £15 goes to The Felix Project.
On Sunday, the 7th of June, Tom Aikens will teach children how to cook tasty and nutritious food (£20) at Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea. Over at Balls & Company, kids aged 8 to 14 can make their own meatballs (including sauce, polenta chips and a dessert of truffle balls, for £30) this Saturday the 3rd June.
If the kids would rather consume than cook, back at Tredwells kids can tuck into a seven-course tasting menu (£19) by Chef Nicholson. The garden of Phoenix School in Shepherd’s Bush hosts Salt Yard’s Summer BBQ using ingredients grown on site, as well as pizza-making demos (£45). The Lillie Langtry hosts The Perfect British Sunday, again for Father’s Day on the 18th, combining kids’ activities with a delectable Sunday roast and ‘male grooming for the fathers’.
For more information, including grown-up events, visit London Food Month’s website.