London’s only festival dedicated to brunch is back on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September
The 2019 festival is set to bring brand-new headliners to the line-up this year with exclusive dishes created especially for the event as well as a wider range of products at the dedicated marketplace, alongside a jam-packed schedule of talks, workshops, demos and DJs. And if that wasn’t enough, the festival is set to be boozier too with a wide range of brunch-themed cocktails, fizz and much-needed Bloody Marys!
Returning to The Old Truman Brewery, the festival will bring 10 Brunch Headliners all under the same roof. Completely unique to this year’s festivities, every headliner will create an exclusive dish for the event to be served alongside their menus. Chefs have been set the challenge to create their take on the ultimate brunch dish that will be showcased exclusively at Brunch Fest, only available for the public to try over the course of these 2 days.
Brand-new names so far confirmed this year include the recently launched Avobar, London’s first all-avo restaurant in Covent Garden; Le Swine AKA “the master of the bacon butty” according to Time Out; Brother Marcus, the Balham brunch spot with al fresco dining; The Farmer’s Mistress, the ‘naturally naughty’ comfort food eatery in Battersea; The Espresso Room bringing their brunch dishes from across London to Brick Lane; and Brickwood, the aussie inspired neighbourhood cafes located across South London. These names will join returning brands Urban Pantry (winner of the UK's best breakfast at 2019’s National Breakfast Awards) and Waffle On, named best waffles in London by Evening Standard. Further headliners and menu details to be announced.
Sweet Street *BRAND NEW*
As with last year, the festival will showcase a variety of producers in the marketplace. Brand-new to this event, however, will be the addition of Sweet Street - a whole room dedicated to the sweet side of brunch.
Those with a sweet tooth will be in heaven with confirmed brands such as A Pie Party selling sweet pie by the slice; Naked Dough, London's first safe to eat, raw edible cookie dough cafe; DAPPA, a soft serve vegan ice cream brand; Butter Believe It, a London-based bakery selling cakes, brownies, cupcakes and doughnuts; Smith and Sinclair with their premium flavoured alcoholic cocktail confections; Barnes Pancake Co selling all sorts of pancake varieties; and Poptails by LAPP serving 100% natural gourmet cocktail-sorbets. The Sweet Street will be a must-visit this year for those looking for a sugar high to keep festival vibes going. Additional brands in the marketplace will be announced soon.
To match the wider range of eats on offer, the festival organisers have made sure the drinks offering is bigger and better this year. Official sponsor, Longbottom & Co will be on hand with their dedicated Bloody Mary Bar. The team at Longbottom & Co have created a completely unique Mary Mix, manufactured in the UK using the best ingredients from around the world, that delivers a hefty punch to the tastebuds - and will be the perfect accompaniment to all of the brunch food on offer.
Those looking for fizz will be thrilled to see not 1 but 2 prosecco bars from Bubble Bros. Plus, essential caffeine hits will be provided by speciality coffee roasters, Origin Coffee and Urban Baristas while luxury bottled cocktail company, buveur, will serve Espresso Martinis throughout the weekend.
A fruity option can be found at Capucana serving batidas mixed with their handcrafted Cachaça, Brazil’s national spirit, made from fermented sugar cane. Alongside their fruit batida, the team will of course be serving brunch-themed cocktails including a cereal batida.
In-between brunch classics and cocktails, a range of events will be scheduled - yet to be announced - that will include talks, panel discussions, demos and interactive workshops for visitors to enjoy over the weekend. Resident DJs will be non-stop too!