Established by local volunteers, businesses, and Surbiton residents in 2012, the Surbiton Food Festival has since grown to a spectacular community celebration and flagship event. We are proud of the way it has brought the town to life through its culinary talent, with 2018 seeing over 40 local businesses taking part and over 6500 people attending 23 events and demonstrations. Complementing the traditional showpiece occasions of The Seething Freshwater Sardine Festival, the Surbiton Village Fete, and The Community Sports Day and Dog Show, a range of local businesses and entrepreneurs across the town, from pizza chains to solo bakers, come together each year to offer samples, deals, workshops, and discounts to the people of Surbiton and beyond.
The Surbiton Food Festival is made possible by the talent and application found within our town, and the dedication and commitment of hundreds of local volunteers.
Sunday 5th May
1.00pm – 6.00pm
The Seething Freshwater Sardine Festival
Claremont Gardens, The Crescent KT6 4BN
One of Surbiton’s finest ancient traditions has now been firmly embedded into its Food Festival. Since sardines were reintroduced to the Thames in 2005, following decades of regrettable absence, the community’s finest fishermen have been selected each year to deliver the Mighty Catch, witnessed by stunned onlookers from miles around. This is followed immediately by the always-spectacular Seething Villagers’ Sardine Procession, with the magic of the inevitably epic trawl celebrated at the annual Seething Freshwater Sardine Festival & BBQ, taking place over the course of the day. Bands and entertainment complement the fishy delights, arts and crafts help bring out the town’s creative side, and a well served bar ensures everyone is able to thank the town’s fisherman heroes by buying them a drink.
All day [1.00pm – 6.00pm]: Food, stalls, entertainment & charity bar at Claremont Gardens
3.00pm – The famous Mighty Catch at Queen’s Promenade by Raven’s Ait island
3.30pm – Seething Villagers’ Sardine Procession from Queen’s Promenade to Claremont Gardens
4.00pm – Sardine BBQ at Claremont Gardens
Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May
12.00pm – 6.00pm
The Surbiton Village Fête
St Andrew’s Square, KT6 4EA
A celebration of the enormous diversity offered by our local community. With stalls dotted across St Andrew’s Square, punters have the freedom to sample almost any food they can think of, with a strong musical line up of local bands and artists providing the soundtrack. Meanwhile a wide range of businesses, from Pizza Express to Naturally Chinese, will be running demonstrations and workshops for adults and children, while everyone has a means of getting involved through the huge range of culinary competitions listed within.
Of course we couldn’t have all of this without the finest brewers in town having their say. The Lamb, The Antelope, and The Black Lion have joined forces to deliver London’s only Dry Hopped Beer Festival, serving a beautiful range of ales, all from CAMRA-recognised Local Suppliers and with all profits going to charity.
Saturday 18th May
12.00pm – 4.00pm
Seething Community Sports Day, Picnic and Fun Dog Show
Victoria Recreation Ground, Balaclava Road, KT6 5JL
While the Surbiton Food Festival has ensured that most are now aware of the town’s awesome capacity for food, fun, and festivity, many still fail to appreciate the incredible level of sporting prowess found among the townspeople. From the incredible athleticism and dexterity of our three legged racers, to the ice cool composure of our egg-and-spoonists, all the way to the head-turning aesthetic beauty of our male Drag Racers, the Seething Community Sports Day gives the public the chance to witness sporting elegance and achievement within a charming local atmosphere. With each event ultimately dictating which of the village’s ancient guilds are declared the Seething Sports Stars – culminating in a spectacular town-wide Tug O’ War – anyone can come along and join in. Cheesemakers, Water Bearers, Taxidermists, or Talcum Miners – who will reign supreme?
Sports events are complemented by the obligatory brilliant stalls, entertainment, and bar, while the Fun Dog Show presents canines the opportunity to enter the spirit of friendly competition.