The popular Feastival: St Albans Food & Drink Festival, is back with the usual blend of fantastic food and free family fun in the heart of St Albans. Celebrating local food and drink producers this event offers an afternoon of free entertainment with music, games, arts and crafts, street theatre and the fantastic demonstration kitchen where you can see local chefs preparing mouth-watering dishes.
Cookery Theatre Lineup
St Peter’s Church Choir, 12:00
Choir, Clergy and the Mayor of St Albans
Kat’s Oriental Cuisine, 12:15
Tom Yum Prawn Soup
Shahnaaz Ayub, 13:00
Spicy Chicken Pakora Tortilla
Infuse Modern Indian Bistro, 13:45
Onion Bhaji and Veg Samosa
Danielle Durant, 14:30
Patti Sloley, 15:15
West African Chicken Suya
Jon Watts, 16:00
‘Marry Me’ Chicken
Monir Ali and Dr Munawar Choudhuri, 16:45
Healthy Meal Swap
All chef demonstrations will also be in British Sign Language
Head down to Market Place to hear from local artists:
Acoustic stage – Anthropologie
12:00 – 12:40 Melodic Panman
13:00 – 13:40 Abbie Gathard
14:00 – 14:40 Kat Evans
15:00 – 15:40 Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne
16:00 – 16:40 Hartwood
17:00 – 17:45 Conor Walker
Plenty of interactive free activities for everyone to enjoy including:
Growing Herbs for the Future! Carpenter’s Nursery
Pavement chalk painting, Herts Chalk Walk
Creative Fruit and Veg Fun, StART (St Albans Rainbow Trail)
Traditional cheese & butter making, Tales from the Hart
Arts and crafts, Herts Family Centre
Traditional wooden games
Climb aboard a tractor, Oaklands College
Sports activities, EveryoneActive
Painting demo and trials, Samuel Ryder Academy
Try Whole Foods, Eat Whole Foods
Plus face painting and henna tattoos
All free to enjoy!
Thanks to Oaklands College Butchery Demonstration Stage, you can also learn some butchery skills to help you make the most of the meat you buy.
12.30 – Boning and rolling a loin of Pork for the perfect Sunday Roast/Curing & Drying Meat
13.30 – Prepping Chicken Breasts into Ballotines & Escallops
14.30 – Prepping joints of Lamb for dishes at home
Over 100 food and drink traders from across Hertfordshire bringing you tastes from around the world, with delicious food and tantalising drinks to enjoy all day with your friends and family.
Be amazed with the street entertainers:
Mad Hatters Tea Party street theatre. 30-minute performances at 12:30, 13:30, 15:30 and 16:30.
Meet and greet the Mad Hatter and his friends in between performances.
Stilt Walking cakes will be roving the event at 12:30, 14:15 and 16:00.
Keep an eye out for the ‘Horrible Food’ at 13:20, 15:10 and 16:50.
The Community Safe Zone by Barclays Bank is a great place to go if the event gets a bit overwhelming! There’s somewhere to sit, and you can take the opportunity to learn about services available to support residents from our partner organisation, Communities 1st.
We’ve also put a few things in place to try and help everyone to be able to access the event, such as British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter on the cookery stage, accessible viewing zones in front of the stages, priority reserved seating across the site for those less able to stand, ramps on the kerbs to enable greater wheelchair access, and accessible toilets, baby change, baby feeding and changing places toilet are available.
Is there something else we could be doing to make the event more accessible for you? Let us know as we are always trying to improve the accessibility of our events.
The event is being held in St Albans City Centre. There will be road closures in place in St Peter’s Street and High Street 6am – 9pm.
Please try to walk, cycle or use public transport where you can.
St Albans City train station is a 12 minute walk.
St Albans Abbey train station is a 16 minute walk.
Train times can be found at National Rail.
Local bus routes, timetables and diversion information can be found at Intalink.
If you do need to drive, please try to car share and allow plenty of time as it is likely to be busy. Parking information can be found on the St Albans City & District Council website.
This event is organised by St Albans City and District Council.
With thanks to the following for providing activities at the event:
*Oaklands College for the Butchery Stage, the tractor and the traditional wooden games.
*Carpenters Nursery for the seed planting activity.
*EveryoneActive for the sports activities.
*Samuel Ryder for their food illustration art.
*EatWholeFoods for supplying tasters of whole foods.