The event celebrates the city’s melting pot of global flavours and cuisines by matching dishes from 16 Borough Market traders to a variety of craft beers from 16 breweries around the world. For the first time, the festival brings together food and beer in unison, with each dish hand-selected to complement the flavour profile of the artisan beers. As well as live demonstrations from local brewers Tap East, cooking masterclasses will offer inspiration for delicious food pairings using seasonal ingredients and unique, speciality products available at the market.

Drawing on the growing trend for experimental beer cocktails, guests will be treated to tutorials by legendary Borough beer bar The Rake and cocktail experts Lost and Co. The tutorials will showcase how to make a range of exciting and unique concoctions, crafted using a combination of beer or real ale and fresh fruit and botanicals. 

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Other pairings include Er Boqueron beer, brewed with sea water from the Mediterranean, matched with almonds, olives and specially selected Serrano ham from Borough Market Spanish institution Brindisa. The local Bermondsey brewery Partizan is teaming up with Gujarati Rasoi, matching refreshing pale ales with rich and flavoursome Gujarati cuisine, whilst the fine cheeses and cured meats by traders Une Normande a Londres will be suited to Belgian Blondes from Brasserie d’Achouffe. Those with a sweet tooth will be tempted by irresistible desserts from Ion Patisserie twinned with eclectic brews by the beloved Wild Beer Co., demonstrating the unexpected delight of beer and dessert combinations. 

Early Bird tickets for the festival cost £12 per day or £40 for a full weekend pass. Ticket price includes a guide to matching at home and a half pint of Budvar Tankové Pivo, an unpasteurised beer fresh from the cellars of the brewery in the Czech Republic.

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