The 2016 Festival launches with the luscious sights, smells and tastes of The Balham Banquet from 11am to 5pm on Sunday 25th September in Hildreth Street and Bedford Hill Place.

Visitors to the event will be able to enjoy delicious streetfood and delicacies from over 40 local stallholders, restaurants and venues. There’ll be Nepalese dumplings; artisan scotch eggs; craft beers; award-winning curries; filled Yorkshire puddings; BBQ lamb; smoothies; Halloumi wraps; cakes; noodles; artisan cheeses; Champagne; sweets; slow-roasted pork belly baps, mackerel on toast and so much more. The best of Balham on show will include Lamberts, Gazette, Ciullios, Indian Room, The Regent, Foxlow, Gurkhas Diner, Arlo’s, The Bedford, Dee Light Bakery, Blackbird Bakery and so many more. TV chef Jimmy Garcia will be there too, once again bringing a five-course tasting menu to Hildreth Street.

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Then comes Balham Festival Week (26th September to 2nd October), six days of temptation and encouragement to get you out there discovering everything that Balham has to offer. With offers and events available at almost 30 of Balham’s very best restaurants, bars, cafés and food businesses you could try a different discount or offer every meal and still have more to discover. Events include a free cocktail class at Foxlow; Oyster Week at Lamberts; a kids soufflé class at Gazette and special tastings at Waitrose from 2-4pm.

This year, businesses have been encouraged to go with the theme of a ‘Free Taste of Balham’, so in addition to great discounts, customers can enjoy mouthwatering complimentary treats.

Offers include special Festival menus from Gazette and Balham Bowls Club; a free aperitif cocktail at The Exhibit; a 1/2 price cheese platter with champagne at The Wine Tasting Shop; a free pastry with takeaway coffee at Escape the Daily Grind; 30% off at Indian Room; complimentary beer or wine with your sandwich at Brother Marcus; a free plate of cheese croquettes with two drinks at The Regent; a glass of wine with wine purchased at Whirly Wines; a complimentary side course at Arlo’s; a free glass of wine at Foxlow; complimentary chicken wings at Bodeans; and, walking under the bridge on Bedford Hill, a complimentary starter at Caminata or a free taster selection with a glass of wine at The Balham Lounge. (T&Cs apply).

Need to Know

The Balham Banquet

Hildreth Street and Bedford Hill

25th September 11am-5pm

Balham Festival Week

Throughout Balham

26th September to 2nd October