Added on: 10th September, 2018 by O1
A weekend of events in Orpington’s Market Square marked the end of a week-long celebration of the choice and quality of food available in the town centre, as ‘Flavours of Orpington’ Food Festival returned for a second year.
Running from Monday 3rd September through to Sunday 9th and organised by Orpington 1st Business Improvement District (BID), residents and visitors were encouraged to indulge their taste buds and explore the range of global cuisine available in town, with brochures packed full of special Festival Offers from participating eateries distributed across the local area.
The festival’s return comes with growing recognition of Orpington as a destination for eating out and entertainment, as an ever increasing number of visitors from across the London Borough of Bromley and beyond come to enjoy the breadth of offer in the town centre.
‘Foodie Friday’ saw a packed Market Square enjoy an evening of street food, live music and comedy. A line-up of local musical talent was followed by comedian and impressionist Josh Berry, and topped off with a side-splitting performance from actress, writer and comedian, Sukh Ojla.
‘Saturday Showcase’ brought a wide range of food stalls to the square, including local restaurant Scala, alongside a specially installed demonstration kitchen. Chefs from some of the town’s most popular restaurants prepared their signature dishes live, talking through their methods with compere extraordinaire, Paul Evers.
Cow & Pig, BR6, Masala Dabbas all showed off their culinary flair before the team from Fiesta Mexicana created some classic cocktails for the audience to sample.
Orpington 1st BID Manager, Chris Travers, said, “eating out, as well as entertainment and leisure in general, is playing an increasingly important role in our town centres, so it’s brilliant to celebrate the strength we have in this sector. There’s been a great buzz in Market Square all weekend and having an events space such as this in the heart of our town centre, alongside a high spec cinema and a hotel, is another big plus for Orpington.”
The week was capped off with ‘Sunday Service’, a collaboration with Churches Together Orpington which saw live music, face painting and family activities alongside a free BBQ, courtesy of the local churches. 700 burgers and sausages were cooked up and all gratefully received. Bromley Food Bank were also in attendance to tell guests more about the vital work they do across the borough, and Team Nando's Orpington were on hand with free snacks.
“We’re delighted to have teamed up with Churches Together Orpington for the final day of our food festival,” said Orpington 1st Executive Director, Sharon Baldwin. “It’s been a wonderful coming together of the community and we’d like to thank Churches Together for their hard work and generosity of spirit.”
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It was a pleasure to work with @Orpington1st at the #FlavoursofOrpington #FoodFestival this weekend and exciting to launch our new menu too! A big thanks and well done to @Orpington1st for organising this #community event in #Orpington pic.twitter.com/pCGoTLJFT4— BR6 Restaurant (@BR6Restaurant) September 10, 2018
Had a great evening at the #foodfest last night. Thanks to everyone involved— Jane (@Barnes47Jane) September 8, 2018
Orpington - Walnut Square is the place to be these days: https://t.co/5M1aybnFog— Orpington Community (@OrpingtonComm) September 9, 2018