South End Food Festival 201323/06/2013


More than 6,000 enjoyed a day of great food and family entertainment in Croydon on Sunday. 

Numbers doubled for the second Croydon Restaurant Quarter Food Festival, as the crowds flocked to South End in Croydon for a taste of the best of the town’s cuisine. Chefs including Malcolm John held a masterclass, while there were also musical performances, including headline act Lenny Zakatek, as well as a variety of street theatre to keep the crowds entertained.  

Lenny Zakatek, the voice of worldwide disco hit ‘Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet’ headlined the South End Food Festival, organised by the South Croydon Business Association in association with Barratt Homes and with support from Croydon Council and Tesco, and aimed at showcasing the area’s unrivalled food and drink offering.  

Linda Arthur, chairman of the South Croydon Business Association and the owners of Bar Txt, said: “The number of people who came along on Sunday was greatly up on last year. It was absolutely amazing; there were more stalls, more people and an even better atmosphere.”  

Restaurant owner Peter Bagatti said: “South End Food and music festival, what a day! A great day for Croydon and South End. We need a bigger road!"  

Lynnette St Quintin, Sales and Marketing Director of Barratt Southern Counties said: “The South End Food Festival was a fantastic family day out and we are delighted to have been able to support the local traders and community in this initiative. I hope that the additional footfall it attracted will have a lasting positive effect on the businesses in South End.”  

More than 30 traders set out their stalls, offering al fresco dining on the street and food lovers relished the demo kitchen where they received tips on making some delicious dishes prepared by experts from some of the outstanding chefs who operate on South End including Michelin-rated Malcolm John, who chose the event to launch his new Brasserie Vacherin. 


View the photos from the day by clicking gallery on the left.


The South End Food Festival formed part of the inaugural Croydon Heritage Festival, being promoted by Whitgift Foundation from June 3 to 23 this summer as a “celebration of past and present” – visit