Surbiton Food Festival 2022

7th may- 22nd may

Celebrating all that’s good in local food, drink and creativity

Welcome Back!

The Surbiton Food Festival is a three-fold celebration of place, produce and people.  It is a two week festival with three showcase events: The Surbiton Village Fete and Dry Hopped Beer Festival, Sardine Festival and The Seething Community Sports Day and Picnic.


Last year we saw thousands enjoying a special fortnight of food, drink, events, and celebrations. Residents and visitors discovered the previously hidden delights on offer locally, and no less than five new companies began trading all year round as a result!


The Surbiton Food Festival is a way for local businesses and the community to come together to see what Surbiton has to offer in terms of food, drink and friendship. From the fine dining restaurateur to the budding home chef; whether you want to learn the techniques of your local bakery, or share the secrets of your nan’s chutney recipe, the Surbiton Food Festival is the place for you to show off yourself, your business and your produce in a fun and inclusive atmosphere. 

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2021 programme




Saturday, 7th May, 7.30 PM – 1 AM

To open this year’s festival, join us for a night of blues, jump and swing from Bowden’s 8 piece band, featuring the fabulous Fabienne Porquet on vocals.


With special guest musician and DJ Joplin Parnell and food supplied by Margo and Rita, this promises to be a great night out! Not only is this the opening event for the Surbiton Food Festival, but it is also a delayed celebration of VE Day (thank you pandemic) so the gig is a chance to dress up retro / vintage style. Don’t forget your dancing shoes (the licensed bar until 12.30am may help). 


This is an advance ticket event – £10pp (over 18s only). Tickets may be purchased on the door for £15 cash if there is availability. The bar is card-only.

Sardine festival

SUNDAY, 8th May, 1 PM – 6 PM

In 2005, freshwater sardines were finally reintroduced to the Thames. Surbiton’s frustrated fishermen had reason to celebrate once again: the annual Great Haul returned to the town’s shores, witnessed by its inhabitants who flock to see their trawling heroes deliver this mighty catch.

Now a firm fixture of the Surbiton Food Festival, the festival opens with the Freshwater Sardine Procession and BBQ that immediately follow the trawl. The event has been a showcase for the modernity of fishing in recent years, with all-female fishing crews seen on the water catching record-breaking hauls. Join us for the greatest fishing celebration in south west London and
see what surprises this year brings. 

Expect music, food, fun and friendship to take its usual place over the course of the day.

Bands and entertainment complement the fishy delights, arts and crafts help bring out the town’s creative side, and a well-served bar ensures everyone is able to thank the town’s fisherman heroes by buying them a drink.



SATURDAY 14TH – SUNDAY 15TH may, 12 PM – 6 PM

A celebration of the enormous diversity offered by our local community.

With stalls dotted across St Andrew’s Square, punters have the freedom to sample almost any food they can think of, with a strong musical line up of local bands and artists providing the soundtrack. Meanwhile, a wide range of businesses will be running demonstrations and workshops for adults and children, while everyone has a means of getting involved through the huge range of culinary competitions listed within. 

Of course, we couldn’t have all of this without the finest brewers in town having their say. The Lamb, The Antelope, and The Black Lion have joined forces to deliver London’s only Dry-Hopped Beer Festival, serving a beautiful range of ales, all from CAMRA-recognised Local Suppliers and with all profits going to charity.

Music on Saturday

12.15 Jake Collisson
13.10 Euphoric Recall
14.20 Vikings on the Lawn
15.30 Creswell
16.25 What Happens Next
17.20 Down with the Stereotype

Music on sunday

12.00 Jack Warren
12.45 New MUGs
14.20 Forest Bed
15.25 Alloys
16.15 Claw Wilson
17.15 Vine Street
* times subject to change


SATURDAY 21st May 12 PM – 4 PM

While the Surbiton Food Festival has ensured that most are now aware of the town’s awesome capacity for food, fun, and festivity, many still fail to appreciate the incredible level of sporting prowess found among the townspeople.

From the incredible athleticism and dexterity of our three-legged racers to the ice-cool composure of our egg-and-spoonists, all the way to the head-turning aesthetic beauty of our Drag Racers, the Seething Community Sports Day gives the public the chance to witness sporting elegance and achievement within a charming local atmosphere.

With each event ultimately dictating which of the village’s ancient guilds are declared the Seething Sports Stars – culminating in a spectacular town-wide Tug O’ War – anyone can come along and join in. Cheesemakers, Water Bearers, Taxidermists, or Talcum Miners –  who will reign supreme?

Sports events are complemented by the obligatory brilliant stalls, entertainment, and bar, while the Dog & Owner Race presents canines the opportunity to enter the spirit of friendly competition.

Get involved

Our aim is to make the festival bigger and better each year and would love to work with you and offer you and your business the chance to get involved in a variety of ways.


The deadline for applications is 18th March 2022. Any applications received after this date may not be included in advertising but we’ll do our best to accommodate events or stall requests.

We strictly prioritise local businesses for all events.


If you would like to volunteer, please email, or turn up at any of our events a couple of hours before they’re due to start. It’s a fun way of meeting local people and making friends, while helping local businesses and bringing your town to life. In addition to the Food Festival, we also run many other events and initiatives throughout the year.

become a sponsor

Surbiton Food Festival Raffle Tickets

We can tailor-make a sponsorship option for you. The main sponsors are on the front page of the website, given the space in the program and listed on the train cards. Supporters can place their adverts in the program.


There are many ways you can get involved in Surbiton Food Festival. Here are a few of the ways you can do so:


– Sponsor the Festival

– Have your logo in our promotional material

– Donate a raffle prize


There will be 10,000 leaflets/festival guides printed and distributed. If you would like your logo to appear on our promotional material and on our website, please select the appropriate package. Supporter logos should be submitted via the online application form, be in jpg format and no more than 1mb. If design work is required, this service can be provided at an extra cost.

become a trader

Surbiton Food Festival Food Stalls

Now is the time to secure your place as a stallholder, demonstrator or event organiser. If you wish to trade during any of our three major weekend events, please fill in the application form and return before 18th March.

This is a fantastic way for you to get out and about and introduce your business to new faces. As with previous years, celebrations will be spread over three flagship weekend events.

You are able to have a stall at all or just some of these events.

Requests for stalls are coming in thick fast, so act quickly to secure your spot by filling the application form.

A stall allocation provides a 3x3m space. You are responsible for providing your own gazebo and furniture. Power is available on Fete days at an extra charge. Please select this option on your application form if required.


Surbiton Food Festival Volunteers

To us SFF is about much more than food – it is about the joy of friendship, laughter, creativity and play. Each year we tend to make the Surbiton Food Festival to be bigger than ever, and there is plenty of fun and rewarding work to be done. 

Can you be involved in the planning and running of the festival?

We are also looking for volunteers for the following: Marking out pitches, setting up the sites (bunting, staging, bins, electricity etc), marshalling, and lots lots more.

If you are able to help in any way, please state which days you are able to help out and what you would like to do.

If you would like to volunteer to help out at any of the events, please email with the words:  “SFF2022: I want to volunteer” in the subject line.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

big thanks to our supporters

Looking forward to seeing you in September!


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Hosting: Loz Archer

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