17th September - 3rd October
Due to the unprecedented events of the last 18 months we are rescheduling our events for this September, in association with Surbiton Festival and supported by The Community Brain and Kingston Council.
The Surbiton Food Festival is a three-fold celebration of place, produce and people. It is a two week festival with three showcase events: The Surbiton Village Fete and Dry Hopped Beer Festival, Super Sunday and The Seething Community Sports Day and Picnic.
2019 saw thousands enjoying a special fortnight of food, drink, events, and celebrations. Residents and visitors discovered the previously hidden delights on offer locally, and no less than five new companies began trading all year round as a result!
The Surbiton Food Festival is a way for local businesses and the community to come together to see what Surbiton has to offer in terms of food, drink and friendship. From the fine dining restaurateur to the budding home chef; whether you want to learn the techniques of your local bakery, or share the secrets of your nan’s chutney recipe, the Surbiton Food Festival is the place for you to show off yourself, your business and your produce in a fun and inclusive atmosphere.
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 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.
12:50 The Dog Roses – Catchy, addictive and twangy Anglo-Americana sextet
14:00 The 105 – 5-piece good-time country & hillbilly combo
15:25 The Swamp Stomp String Band – stomping, up-tempo Americana with double bass, guitar, banjos and washboard
16:50 Max from Greece – original covers for music lovers
12:00 Conrad Vingoe – Sepia soaked soulful folk at its best
12:55 Joe Fleming – soul and groove, mixing up all styles with acoustic guitar, bass and loop pedal
13:55 The Mandys – new local band with Cara Joshi
15:00 Noa Alvarez Quintet – American Songbook standards and latin rhythms
16:05 The New MUGs – crowd-pleasers entirely on ukulele, guaranteed to get you up and singing
Formerly the Seething Freshwater Sardine Festival, this event is ordinarily held in May. Owing to our move of this event to September this year, we cannot proceed with our catch. Clearly, it is completely the wrong season for freshwater sardines to be caught in the Thames.
Never to be dispirited, Seething villagers are keen to celebrate the tradition of the festival as FishFingerFest this year. It is sad that we cannot partake of one of Surbiton’s finest and most ancient traditions, but we resolve to celebrate our local legends and fishermen with renewed pride and vigour.
Expect music, food, fun and friendship to take its usual 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.
13:00 MIRI – distinctive brand of soulful pop, incredible vocal tone and classic British songwriting
13:45 Story – a Legend of Seething
14:10 Mooshwa Pooshwa – dark songs played in a light way, a bit of Latin and Klezmer with a punky twist
15:15 ELTEL – theatrical, lyrical, hilarious and captivating, a band you will never forget
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 Dog & Owner Race presents canines the opportunity to enter the spirit of friendly competition.
Our aim is to make the festival bigger and better each year and would love to work with you and offer you and your business the chance to get involved in a variety of ways.
The deadline for applications is 15th August 2021. Any applications received after this date may not be included in advertising but we’ll do our best to accommodate events or stall requests.
We strictly prioritise local businesses for all events.
If you would like to volunteer, please email email@example.com, or turn up at any of our events a couple of hours before they’re due to start. It’s a fun way of meeting local people and making friends, while helping local businesses and bringing your town to life. In addition to the Food Festival, we also run many other events and initiatives throughout the year.
We can tailor-make a sponsorship option for you. The main sponsors are on the front page of the website, given the space in the program and listed on the train cards. Supporters can place their adverts in the program.
There are many ways you can get involved in Surbiton Food Festival. Here are a few of the ways you can do so:
– Sponsor the Festival
– Have your logo in our promotional material
– Donate a raffle prize
There will be 10,000 leaflets/festival guides printed and distributed. If you would like your logo to appear on our promotional material and on our website, please select the appropriate package. Supporter logos should be submitted via the online application form, be in jpg format and no more than 1mb. If design work is required, this service can be provided at an extra cost.
Now is the time to secure your place as a stallholder, demonstrator or event organiser. If you wish to trade during any of our three major weekend events, please fill in the application form and return before 15th August.
This is a fantastic way for you to get out and about and introduce your business to new faces. As with previous years, celebrations will be spread over three flagship weekend events.
You are able to have a stall at all or just some of these events.
Requests for stalls are coming in thick fast, so act quickly to secure your spot by filling the application form.
A stall allocation provides a 3x3m space. You are responsible for providing your own gazebo and furniture. Power is available on Fete days at an extra charge. Please select this option on your application form if required.
To us SFF is about much more than food – it is about the joy of friendship, laughter, creativity and play. Each year we tend to make the Surbiton Food Festival to be bigger than ever, and there is plenty of fun and rewarding work to be done.
Can you be involved in the planning and running of the festival?
We are also looking for volunteers for the following: Marking out pitches, setting up the sites (bunting, staging, bins, electricity etc), marshaling, and lots lots more.
If you are able to help in any way, please state which days you are able to help out and what you would like to do.
If you would like to volunteer to help out at any of the events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the words: “SFF2021: I want to volunteer” in the subject line.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you!