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Enjoy Great Street Food At This Year’s Open East Festival

Celebration of London’s amazing street food, producers, chefs and breweries to take place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to mark one year anniversary of London 2012

  • Open East Festival, 27 & 28 July 2013,  to feature The Real Food Festival, Buccaneers Banquet on the Bridge and a Ten Mile Beer Festival

Fish dogs, Bhangra burgers and Mamma’s Jerk chicken are on the menu at the Open East Festival in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Open East Festival marks the one year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony as well as the start of the phased opening of the Park to the public.

Open East Festival is a weekend of international music, food, theatre, family fun, art and much more, opening up the north area of the Park to thousands of people for this packed weekend of entertainment and activity, art and food programmed by the Barbican and Create London.

The Real Food Festival will create a celebration of the best food producers, street food vendors and top chefs and will showcase the creativity and diversity of London and the East End.

Top chefs including Cyrus Todiwala, Stevie Parle, Ben Tish of Salt Yard Group, Mark Jarvis of Blueprint Café and Kevin Gratton of Hix restaurants will be on hand to inspire visitors in the Real Food Chef Theatre. Some of the country’s best street food vendors will also be on site serving up dishes ranging from premium hot dogs, real Indian street food and home cooked Caribbean jerk dishes.

The street vendors will represent the full breadth and depth of London’s gastronomic cultural character with those present including ambien Big Apple Hot Dogs, Pizza Pilgrims, Horn OK Please, Mamma’s Jerk Station, Community Kitchen, Hix Fish Dogs, Bhangra Burger with Dock Kitchen, Café Spice Namaste and Salt Yard Group.

Open East Festival is set amongst the meadows and lawns of the river valley in the north of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It’s a beautiful spot to enjoy enjoy some of the tasty morsels on offer from London’s best street food vendors.

There will even be a ‘Buccaneers Banquet on the Bridge’ over the River Lea.

Visitors will also be able to sample beers from local breweries from within a 10 mile radius of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at The Ten Mile Beer Festival which will feature Sambrook’s Brewery from Battersea, Meantime Brewing Company from Greenwich and The Five Point Brewing Company and Crate Brewery, both from Hackney.

Open East Festival

The Open East Festival will include a host of international music acts on the main music and Caught by the River stages including The Waterboys, Seun Kuti with special guests Robert Glasper & Dead Prez, a supergroup of Malian artists including celebrated duo Amadou and Mariam, Vieux Farka Touré and Fatoumata Diawara assembled by Cheick Tidian Seck, Ondatropica featuring Quantic and Frente Cumbiero, U-Roy, Bomba Estéreo, Jupiter & Okwess International, Soul Caribbean, DJ Don Letts, Wire, Stealing Sheep, Viv Albertine, Le Volume Courbe and The Rockingbirds.

The Fairey Band, also known as Acid Brass, will also be performing at the festival. Acid Brass the brainchild of Jeremy Deller is the unlikely fusion of Acid House anthems with the sound of a traditional British Brass Band.  Their performances of music by groups like the KLF, 808 State and many more have been huge hits with audiences at music festivals across Europe and beyond.

Open East Festival promises a fantastic day out in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for all the family. Young visitors will be enchanted by The House of Fairy Tales who will be presenting their legendary Travelling Art Circus (which includes Gavin Turk’s Space Pyramid), encounter Joey from the acclaimed National Theatre production War Horse, and be mesmerised by Graeae’s production of Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man.

There will also be opportunities to witness performances from some leading east London artists and organisations, unearth a future masterpiece at the Art Car Boot Fair (featuring Bob & Roberta Smith, Gavin Turk and leading East London street artist Pure Evil), experience the Pandemonium Drummers and BMX riders from the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and explore London’s newest park.

Sacrilege, the life-sized inflatable bouncy castle replica of Stonehenge by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, will finally make its way into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of the festival and Bompas & Parr, named by the Independent as 'one of the 15 people who will define the future of arts in Britain', have been commissioned to create the finale for each day.

Thanks to the support of Arts Council England and the Legacy Trust UK day tickets are priced at just £9.50 for adults, £6.00 for children aged 5 - 16, and under 5’s go free. Tickets are available from

For the latest programme and ticketing information visit

Full press release

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For more information, interviews with representatives from The Real Food Festival, please contact:

Cult Brand, or 020 7749 6850

Media Team at the London Legacy Development Corporation

+44 (0) 20 3288 1777, +44 (0) 7817 386 499 or email:

Barbican or 0207 382 5274

Notes to Editors:

Full details on the complete line up are available here

About the Barbican

A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over 1.5 million people pass through the Barbican’s doors annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, the Pit, Cinemas One, Two and Three, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.

The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia, and Associate Producer Serious. Our Artistic Associates include Boy Blue Entertainment, Cheek by Jowl and Michael Clark Company. International Associates are Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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About Create London

Create London are the associate partner of the Barbican and are supported by main sponsor Deutsche Bank, the Legacy Trust, Arts Council England, London and the six east London Boroughs.

Producing and commissioning socially engaged projects in east London for the past four years, Create London exists to spread the benefits of the artistic and creative community of east London to local people. Create London commissions and produce multi-disciplinary art projects in east London, which extend the barriers of socially engaged practice. Our conviction is in the power of art to make a positive contribution to our daily lives, encouraging debate, constructive change and social progress.

By working outside of traditional cultural spaces and building virtuous circles between artists, creative organisations and local people, we strive to nurture, Pharmacy Online 365 and grow the ambitions of our communities. Despite having the highest concentration of artists and creative businesses in Europe, east London has remarkably low levels of cultural engagement and remains one of the most deprived parts of the UK. Create London works to bridge the traditional divisions of class, culture, education, and social background between our creative community and local people.

By commissioning major projects, attracting new audiences and working in partnership to profile the cultural life of the area, Create London has a vital role to play in the continued economic regeneration of east London. Our programme is underpinned by Create London Jobs, which provides mentoring, support and paid employment opportunities for local young people.

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About Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The London Legacy Development Corporation promotes and delivers physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding area, in particular by maximising the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will begin to open from July 2013 and will be fully open from spring 2014, it will be a whole new part of the city to enjoy and will provide jobs and homes for east London.

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