London's St George's Day to bring a feast of fun to Trafalgar Square

20 April 2015

Trafalgar Square will be transformed into a sea of red and white on Saturday 25 April when it hosts colourful celebrations to mark St George's Day – the 12th year festivities have taken place in the historic site in the heart of the capital. Londoners and tourists alike being encouraged to wear red and white at the annual event, which is free and offers a great day out for all the family. This year features live music, including the cast of 'Let it Be', the chance to sample tasty, top quality English food, celebrity chefs, a masterclass led by one of the country's leading tea experts and lively children's games and activities. Some of the best independent producers will be selling high quality food and produce to eat at the tables in the large medieval style banqueting area, situated between the iconic fountains and decorated with red and white bunting. The English Food Market will offer scrumptious English classics, such as hog roast from The Hog Company and soft shell Kent crab from the Crabbieshack, which won the London leg of the 2014 British Street Food Awards. Bringing their renowned all-day breakfasts and hand-pulled pork pies will be What the Dickens!, who have been shortlisted as finalists in the 2015 BBC Food and Farming Awards. There will be delicious bangers from HECK sausages, who were featured on the BBC's 'The Fixer', handmade pies and scotch eggs from The Pie Cart, plus steak and goat's cheese sandwiches from Ladle and Skillet. There will be bread, buns and muffins from The Flour Station; biscuits and cakes from Popina; and Eton Mess from The Meringue Girls. Liquid refreshment will be available from The Lemonade Company and Square Root, who produce homemade seasonal fruit drinks and are also nominated in the 2015 BBC Food and Farming Awards. Aspiring chefs will have the opportunity to learn from the professionals in Cook's Corner, where they will be treated to live cooking demonstrations led by renowned chef Brian Turner CBE (Ready Steady Cook, This Morning and Saturday Kitchen) and winner of BBC One's Masterchef Natalie Coleman. In previous years hundreds of visitors have visited Cook's Corner to get cooking tips from some of the country's top chefs. Providing the soundtrack to the celebrations will be the band from smash-hit West End musical Let it Be with their jam-packed show of The Beatles' greatest hits, such as Hey Jude and Come Together. The Feast Bandstand will host a variety of other live music throughout the day, including singer-songwriter Tom Butler, who won the songwriting award at the Gigs busking competition in 2014, and 2011 Gigs winner Robbie Boyd, whose current album 'So called Man' is out now and is playing in the States. Also performing will be the Crystal Palace Brass Band, one of the few traditional Brass Bands remaining in London, and London centric musical comedy double act, Underbling & Vow. For the first time there will be a special marquee dedicated to tea, with the opportunity to create delicious tea mocktails, make bubble tea and blend infusions. Leading expert Jane Pettigrew, who has travelled the world discovering the fascinating world of tea, will be sharing her knowledge and passion for the country's favourite drink. A highlight for the kids will be the Dragon Village, where the Knights Lance Challenge will see brave youngsters undertake chivalric tasks to win the favour of the queen - chocolate treats. Children will be able to decorate knights' swords and design their own medieval medallions. Classic games like hook a duck and the coconut shy will also be in the square to be enjoyed by the whole family. EVENT INFORMATION Event: Feast of St George Date: Saturday 25 April 2015 Time: 12pm-6pm Location: Trafalgar Square Entry: FREE Information: www.london.gov.uk/stgeorges www.facebook.com/LDNgov @LDN_gov MEDIA ACCREDITATION Media wishing to cover the event should email [email protected] AND [email protected]. For other information please call Jake Alexander on 020 7893 4161, or Ben McKnight on 020 7983 4071. Notes to editors The Gigs busking competition for 2015 is now underway. Young London musicians aged 11-25 can now apply to take part As well as the opportunity to play to the public at locations across the capital, there are great prizes up for grabs to help talented youngsters develop their musical careers. More information and how to enter is available at www.london.gov.uk/gigs. MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Press information is available from Ben McKnight /Jake Alexander on 020 7983 4928 / 020 7983 4161, or by emailing [email protected] GENERAL PUBLIC/NON-MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Call the Public Liaison Unit at the Greater London Authority on 020 7983 4100 DUTY PRESS OFFICER: For out-of-hours media enquiries, please call 020 7983 4000