Added on: 12th September, 2017 by O1
A weekend of fantastic events in Orpington’s revamped Market Square brought the town’s first food festival to a climax. Organised by Orpington 1st BID, ‘Flavours of Orpington’ was a week-long celebration of the choice and quality of food available in the town centre.
Throughout the week, residents and visitors were encouraged to experience something new at the town’s eateries.
A food festival brochure highlighted what was on offer across the high street and also contained a comprehensive ‘Food Directory’ listing the town’s cafes and restaurants.
Executive Director, Sharon Baldwin, said: “Across the country there has been huge growth in eating out in recent years, so it’s important to recognise the strength and variety we have in this sector as a real asset for the town.”
Indeed, there is growing recognition of the quality available in Orpington, as ever-increasing numbers are travelling to the town from beyond the London Borough of Bromley and across Kent, to enjoy what’s on offer.
The festival weekend kicked off with ‘Foodie Friday’ an evening of delicious street food, quality beverages and live music and comedy. A buzzing market square provided the venue for a fabulous evening, with wonderful performances from local rising star Harrison J Bodnar, the incredible Gwen and The Good Thing, and award winning comedians, Dan Antopolski and Rory O'Hanlon going down an absolute storm.
Orpington resident, Stephen Sangster, said, “It was brilliant, a lovely evening – what a transformation. We would have laughed at the thought of doing this 5 years ago, which shows how far things have come in the High Street”.
Saturday Showcase saw the launch of the Walnuts Shopping Centre’s new Orpington Market, with a square packed full of traders selling everything from Jam and homemade bread to hair accessories and craft beer. Alongside this, a live demonstration kitchen proved very popular, with demos from Executive Chefs Mr Khan and Jason Main, from Chandni Indian Takeaway and BR6 respectively, and the teams at the much loved Hisar Meze Bar and Fiesta Mexicana.
On Saturday evening, Local Cllrs. Kim Botting and William Huntingdon Thresher were amongst attendees for a special ‘Flavours of Orpington’ dinner at BR6 Restaurant, the centre piece of London South East Colleges’ pioneering Hospitality & Catering College at the Orpington campus. Proceeds from the evening went to support the Mayor of Bromley, Cllr. Kathy Bance’s nominated charities Bromley Homeless shelter and Bromley and Croydon Women’s Aid.
The week ended with the opportunity for the community to enjoy a ‘Bring and share lunch’ in the Market Square, which has been revamped thanks to a joint BID to the GLA from London Borough of Bromley and Orpington 1st. Team Nando's Orpington were on hand to supplement packed lunches with some free samples, and a range of children’s activities keeping younger ones entertained.
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