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 Saturday, July 15, 2017

10 Exciting things to do this weekend

St Swithun's Day is this Saturday, which means one thing: a whole host of novelty edibles will be hitting the streets of London. Getting in on the action is chic patisserie Lagrande Ballon, who've come up with a Croquembouche Surprise to celebrate. Bite into the double-decker puff pastry crust and, depending on the weather, you'll either get a mouthful of sunny lemon yolk filling or dripping Nutella cream with meringue flakes. The sweet little number will be available for one day only from the boutique bakery in Dalston, and expect change from a tenner. We'll see you there!

With a giant waterslide, al fresco cinema, unlimited craft beer and those sweeping city views, you'll get a serious case of FOMO if you're anywhere other than Primrose Hill Country Park on Sunday. Once you've worked up an appetite, it's time to do the rounds of the tasty traders, like Caribbean flavours from Jerkmama, veggie dishes from Wholegrain Heaven and everyone's favourite steamed buns from Umbika, all washed down with a Pimms cocktail from the Tiki Bar. So, what are you waiting for? We'll see you there!

Vaguely leading question: how are you planning to celebrate Wimbledon finals weekend? Well, Japanese sushi'n'street-snacks peeps Dedfish are doing it by kindly giving away slabs of sushi strawberry cake to the first 100 customers through the doors of its Wardour Street restaurant. For free! Tennis cake! Whether you like racquets, or just the tradition of strawberries and cream that comes along with it, be sure to bag one of these neat fishy twists on an old classic (and eat through the sorrow of Andy crashing out, obvs). Cake, set, match. We'll see you there!

On a searing hot summer day, the idea of descending into a Soho basement and stuffing your face may not be an appealing one, but within seconds of entering Bumble & Squirt we're sure you'll forget the heat entirely. Their new Mystic Aura afternoon tea features sugar-glazed shortbread, signature biskies and succulent hidden gem macarons, plus a miniature goblet of steaming herbal brew. Bumble & Squirt is a dentist's dream with its superfluous mix of cake and biscuit elements, and we love it. We'll see you there!

Hot-battered avocados are now a thing and you’ve got a Canadian to thank for it. To celebrate the country's 150th birthday this month, ace fish-and-chip shop Freaky Fryday will be serving up an unusual twist on a summer brunch classic: hand-coated deep-fried avocados with a pot of maple syrup on the side. The chip-meisters are promising avos with ‘delicious crispy coatings and warm centres’ which makes us feel a bit ill, really, but also strangely exhilarated. Mountie excitement, perhaps? We'll see you there!

South Londoners, dig out your baggiest trousers because FoodFest is back and your waistline is in genuine danger. Essentially, FoodFest is the dream day out for anyone who thinks Glastonbury could really do with far fewer bands and a hell of a lot more cake. That’s not to say celebrities will be in short supply – just that these food bloggers are far handier with a spiraliser than with a Stratocaster. Forget the Lambeth Country Show and its Chucklehead, and join the privileged few in Foodfest's paid-for cuisine tent. We'll see you there!

It’s Fiesta de La Tirana this Sunday, in case you hadn’t heard, which is apparently reason enough for upmarket café chain O La Fuerza to start dishing out free empanadas. Are we complaining? We are not! All you need to do is Tweet, Facebook or Instagram a pic of yourself using the hashtag #Porlarazón, making sure to add @OlaFuerza into the post, find yourself a red poncho and slip it on, then just stroll into any branch, shout ‘Hola pastelería!’ at the cashier and – ta da! – a top treat for you. Be quick though! There are only 10 free pastries going. We'll see you there!

Supperclub experts Bookventure are back this summer, with a Hungry Caterpillar-inspired dining experience that they're calling their 'biggest, boldest and grubbiest adventure yet'. They're serving up an immersive dining experience at a secret north London location, with the seven-course feast taking you from an apple-themed picnic to a sublime cherry pie and sausage feast. Expect adventures and misadventures, mysterious — but on-theme — 'additional surprises' and a chance to relive a childhood classic. We'll see you there!

What better way to celebrate summer than to watch back to back episodes of Game of Thrones on a giant screen while sitting on a deck chair sipping a refreshing beverage? Elephant & Castle shopping centre is going all out for the new season of everyone's favourite Westeros drama, screening it in its entirety on a fibreglass mountainscape with staff dressed as wraiths and a specially-themed photo-booth. One of the cast from season 2 episode 9 has promised to turn up, and there's even a lucky dip where you can win epic prizes from the centre's retailers. We'll see you there!

Hey Tom, we've been sent a press release about the launch of some food abomination called a Sugar Balloon, which looks like some kind of caramel bag full of flavoured water, and comes in seventeen rainbow flavour combinations. I know it's not the journalism you thought you were signing up for when you started your internship, but this kind of reportage is our bread and butter business these days. Could you write 100 words making the inedible sound unmissable, then pop down and film yourself eating one using as many excitable phrases as you can. We'll see you there?

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