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EVENT: The Surbiton Food Festival returns this May 2024

Updated: May 1

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

The Surbiton Food Festival is a three-fold celebration of place, produce and people. For 2024 we’re running this across three weekends with three showcase events:

Sat 5 May The Seething Freshwater Sardine Festival

Sat 11 May The Village Fete and Community Sports Day

Sat 18 May

Mini Day, part of the Mini Moments Festival

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.

The Seething Freshwater Sardine Festival Sunday 5 May, 12 pm – 5 pm Claremont Gardens, Surbiton, KT6 4BN

Celebrate the ancient tradition of sardine fishing in the River Thames in Surbiton.

Since sardines were once again introduced to the river in 2005, local people have celebrated the capture of this magical food with a festival.

Programme at the Sardine Festival

12.00pm – 5:00pm Food, stalls, entertainment & charity bar at Claremont Gardens

2:00pm – Procession from Claremont Gardens

2:30pm – The famous sardine catch at Queen’s Promenade by Raven’s Ait island

2:45pm – Sardine procession from Queen’s Promenade to Claremont Gardens

3:15pm – Sardine BBQ at Claremont Gardens

Come to enjoy bands and entertainment all day, delicious fresh food and drink stalls to keep everyone refreshed. At 2pm a procession takes us to the river to watch the haul of the sardines, which are loaded onto a cart and pulled back by the Giant Guinea Pigs of Seething to the famous Sardine BBQ.

Village Fete & Community Sports Day

Saturday 11 May, 11am – 4.30pm

Victoria Recreation Ground, Surbiton, KT6 5JL

As part of the Surbiton Food Festival, come along to this combined event – our Village Fete & Community Sports Day including the Fun Dog Show on May 11th in Victoria Recreation Ground.

The event will feature traditional sports day races such as egg and spoon, sack race and three-legged race.

A fun dog show will also take place alongside live music, community picnics, food stalls and a charity bar run by The Lamb, Surbiton

Programme at the Village Fete & Sports Day

11:00 Fun Dog Show

12:00 Community Sports Day races

12:00 – 16:30 Stalls, live music

Mini Day

Saturday 18 May, 11am - 5pm

Hollyfield Road, Surbiton, KT6 9AJ

The Community Brain invites you to a spectacular day of family friendly activity this spring. Celebrate the ingenuity of John Cooper, the triumph of the Mini Cooper at the Monte Carlo Rally of ‘64, and wider stories of innovation and cutting edge design in Surbiton.


  • Over 150 Minis through the ages (including the winning Monte Carlo Rally car)

  • Live music programmed by The Basement Door

  • Tours of the garage where John Cooper was based

  • Screening of The Italian Job

  • New ‘Mini’ films from Kingston College & Kingston University

  • Food and Drink

  • Crafts 

  • A ‘Mini Monte’ drive through the streets of Kingston

  • Vintage London bus

Celebrate your favourite decade of fashion and come dressed to impress!

Programme at Mini Day

11:00 – 17:00 Live music programmed by The Basement Door, food stalls and more

13:00 – 14:00 Mini Monte’ drive through Kingston


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