Gourmands from all over the world will be in
London October to celebrate the inaugural London Restaurant
Festival from 8 to 13 October 2009.
A citywide celebration of eating out in
the capital, the festival is aiming to highlight the fact that
food, warmth, conversation, nurturing and sociability are as vital
to a city as its transport system, education or health service.
Planned events include Gourmet Odysseys on
London buses travelling different routes from course to course, a
Vietnamese street food festival and a Dragon’s Den open pitch
where would-be restaurateurs try to interest industry tycoons in
their business ideas.
There are plans for a University
Challenge-style quiz with top London chefs competing against New
York chefs, a food film festival (‘Eat Film’) that will feature
restaurants picked to match film plots and Festival Menus in every
kind of restaurant.
The Festival will open with a launch party
co-hosted by Vanity Fair magazine at Quaglino’s on 7 October, and
end with the London Restaurant Festival Awards at a gala evening
on 13 October with food prepared by a team of London’s most
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said,
“London’s restaurant scene is world-class, with a massive 6,000
eateries. The sheer scale and diversity of the capital’s
gastronomic delights is testament to the vibrancy of our city and
the many communities living and eating here. Their importance to
the capital’s economy cannot be underestimated as they provide a
tasty enticement for people who visit, work and live in our city.
So it is timely that this exciting new festival has been launched
to celebrate all that is best about London’s restaurants.”
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