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National Geographic Traveller Food Festival returns

Here's what food fans need to know about the event, returning to London this summer.

The National Geographic Traveller Food Festival returns to the UK’s capital in summer 2020.

The two-day event for foodies runs at the Business Design Centre, London on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July 2020.

Bigger and better than ever, the event will feature inspiring talks from top food personalities and inspire attendees to discover culinary dishes from across the globe.

Most of the action will be centred around the festival’s main stage, where attendees will be able to watch interviews and demos from some of the most exciting characters from the world of food and the globe’s most revered chefs.

The main stage schedule can be found below.

This year will feature two masterclass areas – The Tarragon and Cinnamon Theatres – where attendees will be able to learn the hints and tips needed to make some of the world’s most exciting dishes at home.

The festival also boasts an experience area, where visitors can take part in hands-on food and drink workshops to learn new techniques.

Attendees can also visit the speaker’s corner, where celebrated food writers will be discussing their latest work in an intimate environment.

And of course, being a food festival, there will be lots of sensational food and drink from across the globe to try.

Last year’s event saw thousands of attendees descend on the North London venue to witness demos and talks from the likes of John Torode, Raymond Blanc, Andi Oliver and Gennaro Contaldo.

Check out 2019’s highlights below:


The National Geographic Traveller Food Festival schedule

Main stage

Saturday 18 July 

10:30 – 11:00: A taste of Spain

  • With José Pizarro, the owner of José Tapas Bar, Pizarro Bermondsey and José Pizarro Broadgate in London, and of The Swan Inn in Surrey.

11:15 – 11:45: The road to China

  • Speaker TBC

12:15 – 12:45: Meet the master

  • Speakers TBC

13:00 – 13:30: The Peruvian kitchen

  • Speaker TBC

15:45 – 16:15: Wild West

  • With Jack Stein, who published his first cookbook Jack Stein’s World in 2018.

16:45 – 17:15: Black sea and beyond

  • With Olia Hercules, who recently published her third cookbook Summer Kitchens. 

Sunday 19 July 

10:30 -11: 30: Darjeeling Express

  • Hosted by the award-winning Asma Khan, who was recently featured on the hit Netflix show Chef’s Table.

14:00 – 14:30: My life in food

  • Speaker TBC

15:30 – 16:00: My Caribbean

  • Hosted by Vanessa Bolosier, author of the critically acclaimed Creole Kitchen.

More speakers and chefs to appear across the event will be announced soon.


Tickets for The National Geographic Traveller Food Festival 2020 are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk

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