FOOD BONANZA: 5 London date ideas this week 30 July – 5 August

July is almost over, but not to worry, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in August – especially on the foodie scene.

This week, London is a yummy, scrummy food bonanza with delicacies from all over the world: seafood from the birthplace of jazz, mouth-watering, juicy BBQ meats, and Japanese delights that you can devour with your partner-in-crime. And, to wash down the goodies, there’s the finest of all beers to sample at this year’s Craft Beer Festival.

Let the feast commence!

New Orleans Crawfish Boil

The classic Louisiana crawfish boil is coming to London. Courtesy of Boondocks, founder Bea Vo has planned a seafood bash in keeping with her family’s beloved traditions from the deep south. You’ll be drooling over delights like spiced crawfish, potatoes, sweetcorn, Polish style beef sausage and garlice bread. And bring your bub, if you fancy, this is a rustic informal affair – there’s no plates, nor cutlery.  Might have to unbutton those jeans after, too. Taking place this Friday 3 August from 7pm at Boondocks London.

Sardine Supper Clubs

Held at a contemporary gallery known as Victoria Miro and Parasol Unit, this is a much more fancy affair than the aforementioned crawfish bowl. Imagine a warm summer’s night in a quaint French village, a dinner with friends and strangers on a garden terrace and a menu created by master chefs. You’ll munch on tomato & tapenade tarts, black figs & mozzarella, whole salt-baked sea trout with aioli, and nougat ice-cream. Bonjour, mon amie.

The BBQ Club

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, look away now. The BBQ Club is returning for its second summer at Southbank. There’ll be a six-course tasting menu, along with a humungous BBQ built into the centre of the table where the chefs will grill meaty goodies such as pork chops, lamb kebabs and prawns.

Sakagura’s Chef’s Table

Held at Sakagura on Heddon Street, head chef Delroy Simpson will host a gastronomic journey through Japan. Come hungry, because the dinner includes 12 courses. And, sake from award-winning breweries such as Gekkeikan and Doi paired to each plate by sake sommelier Mimi Tokumine. This newly launched Sakagura experience is available from £60 and it’s limited-time-only so you better get in there now.

Craft Beer Fest

Sweet, sweet nectar of life. No, we’re not talking about water – well, there’s water in it, if that counts. But no, we’re referring to the yearly London Craft Beer Festival. Held this weekend at the Tobacco Docks, there’ll be brews from every corner of the world. If you fancy yourself a beer connoisseur and don’t mind hipster beards, this is your mecca.