Alchemy food market

Alchemy Festival Food Market

Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Festival is back for a fifth year – a celebration of music, dance, literature, comedy, fashion, art and design (and of course food!) exploring the vibrant connection between British, Indian and South Asian cuisine.

The free Alchemy Festival Food Market hits the streets from 16-26 May, with a blend of creative London chefs and authentic street food – for which South Asia is so renowned.

And don’t miss the Alchemy Festival’s pop-up restaurant Street Kitchen Roti Chai, with its Chaat Shack & Bar in Festival Village for street-inspired buns, “soul food” chaats, traditional Indian curries and Monsoon Malabar cappuccinos. It’s already open for business, too, all you have to do is follow the Indian aromas into Festival Village, under Queen Elizabeth Hall.

And if you fancy a tipple, there’s a special drinks list at Roti Chai, with cocktails including the Kovalam Beach Kick, Pain-Killer and Dalchini Devil as well as Indian classics like Kingfisher beer and Mango Frooti.

Expect street food from all regions of South Asia, henna artists, crafts and Carrom playing all accompanied to a bit of traditional music – for a bit of a boogie.

Plus, there’s Indian Food Tasting with one of London’s top Indian restaurants The Cinnamon Club. For just £10, on Friday 16 May you can experience demonstrations from Vivek Singh, CEO of The Cinnamon Club, and his head chefs.

Psst… heard it on the grapeline that there will be a world premiere music collaboration between Shye Ben-Tzur and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

Alchemy Festival | 16-26 May

Southbank Centre Square (behind Royal Festival Hall) Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XZ

Opening Times:

Mon-Thur Noon-6pm

Fri Noon-8pm

Sat 11am-8pm

Sun Noon-6pm

Free Admission

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