This September sees the exciting arrival of the first ever Spanish Olive Festival in the UK and it’s free to attend!
Come to visit the Canopy Market at Kings Cross and you will be transported to the olive groves of Spain with celebrity chef demonstrations, a famous nutritionist, olive tastings, an interactive marinating & filling station, an olive art installation and of course, Spanish music to flamenco the day away!
On the Friday 29th, critically acclaimed chef José Pizarro who believes that “Spanish olives are the best in the world”, and Spanish TV sensation Omar Allibhoy kick off the line-up. Both chefs will be showcasing their favourite dishes using delicious Spanish olives – Omar a juicy braised chicken in Spanish olive sauce and José, a melt-in-the-mouth grilled lamb rack with an olive marinade. Omar, Founder of the Tapas Revolution will also be doing book signings after his demonstrations. Don’t miss it!
Then on the Saturday from midday, nutritionist Fiona Hunter will be getting you in the mood for lunch, with her healthy yet delicious Spanish eggs with olives, olive & sesame cocktail biscuits and don’t miss out on trying her tapenade! Saltyard’s Ben Tish brings his own Spanish expertise with a black face lamb neck and green olive puree and Omar Allibhoy returns with cooking demonstrations and book signings to create a not-to-be-missed line-up for the Saturday.
Finally on Sunday 1st October, you will see Ben Tish and Fiona Hunter take to the stage with tasty dishes, that are sure to help cure a hangover and will give you inspiration for healthy Sunday night Spanish feasts at home.
In addition to all this, you can get your fill at The Olive Station trying your hand at stuffing and marinating gorgeous Spanish olives with fried & salted almonds, piquillo peppers, cheese and chorizo, to take home for free! And if the thought of a pickled almond, caper or pimento pairing sounds daunting, there’ll be experts on hand to help you make the right choice.
The Olive Tasting Station is where you’ll be able to try a range of Spanish olives, from the Manzanillas, to Gordals, and Hojiblancas. Experts on hand will be able to answer questions and recommend dishes and pairings, so you can try using them at home.
An olive art installation will take centre stage, built entirely out of olives; this green & black landscape masterpiece will be a sight to behold and will be where you can take selfie’s until your hearts content.
You’ll be able to get your favourite recipes in the form of cards from our celebrity chefs and nutritionist, there’ll be traditional Spanish music and the Canopy Market itself is always worth a visit.
Save the date for this exciting new free festival!
Festival Dates: Friday 29th Sept, Saturday 30th Sept & Sunday 1st Oct
Times: Friday (12-7pm), Saturday (12-7pm), Sunday (11-6pm)
Venue: Canopy Market, West Handyside Canopy, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4BH