The hugely popular FREE event, which attracted more than 12,000 people last summer, will once again see the ‘villagey’ South End closed to traffic to allow visitors to relax and enjoy the carnival atmosphere.
Visitors can sample world cuisine from dozens of street food and restaurant stalls, dining alfresco at tables along the street. There will be cocktail and prosecco bars for the grown-ups - and street performers and entertainment for the children throughout the afternoon.
Two featured stages will host top class acts and bands performing every genre of music from folk and rock to jazz and blues.
The 2018 festival’s headline sponsor is Leon House, a landmark development in the heart of South End. The iconic 1960’s office block, Leon House, is being transformed into 263 luxurious one and two-bedroom apartments by developers FI Real Estate Management.
Announcing their sponsorship of the Croydon Food and Music Festival, a spokesperson for property and asset management company, FI Real Estate Management said: “We are thrilled that Leon House is headline sponsor of the Croydon Food and Music Festival 2018. In recent years the event has become a fixture of the borough’s social calendar, and serves as a celebration of the best food and restaurants on offer in Croydon and beyond. Leon House is located within Croydon’s restaurant quarter, a part of the town that has been reinvigorated in recent years through office and retail developments. When our bold vision for Leon House is fully realised, this historic building’s new lease of life, as a premium residential location, will further enhance Croydon’s status as one of the most vibrant and up and coming parts of London. So it is more than fitting that Leon House returns as sponsor for the second consecutive year - we can’t wait for the event to take place.”
The festival was founded by South Croydon Business Association (SCBA) and organised on their behalf by White Label Creative. It is also sponsored by Bagatti’s Restaurant, Bryden Johnson, London Borough of Croydon Councillors Maria Gatland, Michael Neal and Jason Perry, Croydon Partnership, Scream Studios and Tre Fratelli.
Welcoming the 2018 festival, SCBA chairman Waseem Sherwani said: “The Croydon Food & Music Festival is a remarkable success story that has grown steadily in popularity, reputation and size since it launched in 2012. The Association is proud of the way businesses and the community come together to support the event each and every summer. Everyone from the local restauranteurs and artisan street food stallholders, to businesses of all types and sizes, help to make this amazing, fun event so successful and enjoyable for families and people of all ages.”
Peter Bagatti, SCBA Deputy Chairman & Owner, Bagatti’s Restaurant, Croydon, added: “Last year’s festival was a fantastic day which showcased our exciting and fast changing borough at its very best. It brought together people of all backgrounds and cultures to enjoy great food and music in a happy, carnival atmosphere. And bringing people together is what the Croydon Food & Music Festival is all about. We hope you join us in supporting this big, brilliant and beautiful community event in one of the town’s most vibrant areas in 2018.”
To find out more about the festival visit: www.croydonfoodfestival.co.uk
If you are a street food or drinks stall owner, or are a musician or entertainer, and would like to be involved with the 7th annual festival, please contact the organisers at: www.croydonfoodfestival.co.uk/get-involved
Or if you would like to sponsor the event, please contact Vivien Newbould at: email@example.com
*Leon House Croydon. Located in the south end of Croydon stands the brutalist, modern office block Leon House, which is being transformed into 263 luxurious one and two-bedroom apartments by developers FI Real Estate Management.
The development has recently been awarded a First Time Buyer Award for ‘Most innovative development of an existing building’, and features spacious interior design inspired apartments with living spaces which are clean, modern and clutter free with quality fittings and fixtures as standard. Unique features include a resident sky garden with amazing views over London, a co-working space and private dining room. Residents of the scheme will also get to enjoy the uncovered artworks of post-war artist William Mitchell whose sculptures in concrete were discovered as part of the early construction works. The one and two-bedroom apartments are available from £352,000, with the Marketing Suite open 7 days a week on High Street, Croydon.
For more information visit www.leonhousecroydon.co.uk