Soho Food Feast has been supporting the Soho Parish primary school for the last six years, with this being our seventh year running. Previously our fundraising objective has been the school’s playground and supporting their healthy eating kitchen. This year the School needs our help financially to help with their growing number of pupils but lack of Government funding.
Although the school is oversubscribed and has grown by 10% in the last two years, because of its Victorian building and location the school can’t fit as many pupils in as a large state school, which means that they are poorly funded. The sad truth is without financial support from Soho Food Feast and their other fundraising events, the school would be in a critical state. The happy truth though is that the school is in Soho, and we have an incredible community spirit which is evident in the success of the previous six years of the Soho Food Feast, where restaurants local and further a field in London have come together to support the only school in Soho.
Soho Food Feast was set up by Margot Henderson, of Rochelle Canteen and St. John restaurants, and Anita Moir, who manages the healthy eating kitchen at Soho Parish and two other London schools. They set up the event to raise money for the severely underfunded Soho Parish. The first event took place seven years ago and has since grown from a school fete style gathering, to a large weekend extravaganza of exciting restaurants, chefs, bars and entertainment. Not forgetting the infamous vegetable sculpture competition for the kids!
HOW THE EVENT WORKS:
The way the event works is once inside the venue, visitors can buy food tokens and explore the many different restaurant stalls. In exchange for a £2 token they can try a small signature dish of the many great restaurants on offer, as well as being entertained by live music, an amazing raffle, great wine and cocktail bar options. The event attracts foodies from across London as well as families and Soho residents, the fundraising objective giving it a great community feel and energetic atmosphere. It really is a wonderful event to be a part of, both for the restaurants and also the visitors.