London has seen a lot of pop-up foodie events in recent times and 2012 has been a vintage year. The quality has been incredibly strong, from Forza Win to God Save the Clam and Burnt Enz to the Chilli Stand Off. I haven’t been to one in the last year that I didn’t think was worth the hardship, emotional drain and danger of financial ruin. Which is why I’m extra pleased to see that Feast Anglia is seeing off 2012 with one of the most ambitious of ephemeral blow-outs I’ve seen to date. And here’s a secret: it ain’t even in London. All photos credited to Thomas Bowles.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited by James Tabor, linchpin of London’s pop-up scene and man behind Feast Anglia, to attend a run-through of his latest project, The Wine, The Feast and The Wardrobe. The event takes place in historic Kevington Hall, just 17 miles from London, in which James is overseeing an unorthodox restoration.
For a two week spell in the run up to Christmas, Kevington Hall will become a portal to worlds previously unknown outside the realms of imagination. On weekends the typical clientele are local families with young children, but for one night only, on Friday 21 December, Feast Anglia is opening the wardrobe door exclusively to London foodies, for a night of food, high fantasy and Christmas frolicking.
Tickets cost £63 and are available via the Feast Anglia website. The ticket price gets you a five course Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, three drinks and a street food ‘evacuation pack’ from Egg Boss.
A private bus will be leaving Giant Robot — just five minutes from Farringdon station — at 7pm sharp. Evacuees (hint, hint) are to receive their evacuation pack and a sustaining libation upon boarding, when festivities will commence with Mr. Tabor as master of ceremonies.
The bus will leave Kevington Hall for London at 1am, dropping revelers off at a series of central London points. Discounted taxis are available for those wishing to see the night through to daybreak, priced at £12 per head. For full details please visit the Feast Anglia website and if you have any questions please direct them to @FeastAnglia via Twitter.
Competition Time! [NOW CLOSED]
For your chance to win a street food hamper full of treats from the best producers and free drinks for two all evening (tickets must be bought separately), all you have to do is create an original scotch egg, which will be served on the evening as part of the street food evacuation pack. You can choose any ingredients you like, the only caveat being that you will have to be willing to consume the creation yourself! Mr Egg Boss Sean Lawson will be choosing a winner on Wednesday 12 December. Enter your scotch egg ideas in the comments box and go down in street food history!