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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Real Food Festival comes to London's Southbank

17th September 2012

Foodies should consider visiting the Real Food Festival taking place later this month.

The three-day event starts on September 28th at London's Southbank and is celebrating the wide range of companies that offer consumers local and eco-friendly products.

As well as lots of food and drink to buy to take home, visitors can also enjoy demonstrations and talks from television chefs such as Valentine Warner and food campaigner Arthur Potts. There will also be live music and top-quality street food vendors selling lots of tasty treats.

Visitors staying at central London hotels will be able to shop at the many stalls, each offering a wide range of goods ranging from olive oil and sausages to hand-made chocolates and cheeses.

There is also the chance to get close some live animals including sheep at the festival, with a special sheep shearing display.

Admission to the festival is free and the Southbank area is close to a number of London Underground and rail stations such as Waterloo and London Bridge.

Southbank also hosts a weekly Real Food Market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Just behind the Royal Festival Hall, there are a number of stalls selling all sorts of tempting goodies including fresh fruit and veg, cakes, beer and wine. One of the main attractions is the food busker. John Quilter cooks a wide range of fresh dishes and it is up to the consumer to pay whatever they think the dish is worth.

"My food is quick, simple and easy, for people that don't or can't cook and want to learn to," explained Quilter.

He added: "I think food should be inclusive not exclusive, down-to -earth, fun and easy. My mantra is, good, honest, down-to-earth food is like a hug from me mum."

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