Food - Glorious Food

Food is about sharing with loved ones, between friends, and within families. It says “I value you” or “I recognise your humanity”.

Food, glorious food!

Food, like fun, crosses borders like nothing else can.

Food is about sharing with loved ones, between friends, and within families. At it’s most basic level, the gift of food from one person to another says “I value you” or “I recognise your humanity”.

So the gift of a fresh lime pickle from the team at Masala Wala (Brockley Cross, London SE4) while delivering a batch of Festival programmes to them was a lovely surprise.  The pickle was delicious by the way …

Of course we got talking. We have known each other ever since Masala Wala opened, so there’s always lots to catch up on.

Saima’s family are from Pakistan, mine from India. We’re both Punjabi families, and for those of our parents and grandparents’ generation, the trauma of partition in 1947 still lives with them. It’s a subject examined in another friends film, Viceroy’s House.

Saima and her mother Nabeela started Masala Wala as a chance for Nabeela to share her lovely family recipes. This is food that’s fresh, and singing with delightful and warming flavours.

As we chatted we realised that here was an opportunity. Like a very welcome bolt from the blue Saima said “how about some vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food boxes for the Festival?”

And so it came to pass …

You’ll be able to grab some vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food from Masala Wala, at the three Festival events below.   We’ll also have some superb locally baked bread with flavoursome cheeses from local suppliers.

  • Edmund Waller Youth Orchestra – St Catherine’s Church, Friday 31 March 7.30pm (doors open 7pm) – BOOK

  • Telegraph Hill Sings – St Catherine’s Church, Saturday 1 April 8pm (doors open 7.30pm) – BOOK

  • Classics on the Hill – St Catherine’s Church, Tuesday 4 April 7.30pm (doors open 7pm) – BOOK

Of course Hill Station Cafe will also be open for food during the day, and in the evenings The Telegraph have planned some fabulous South Indian Thalis.

Other Food Related Events:

Dad’s Army Night – Bangers & Mash with Spotted Dick and Custard, Friday 24 March 6.30pm to 9pm at Hill Station

Beer & The Art of Self-Publication at waterintobeer, Mantle Road, SE4 2EW from 12pm – 5pm on Saturday 25 March and Saturday 1 April

A Taste of London offers a tasting menu reflecting London’s cultural melting pot – Both sittings now sold out!.   There will be vegetarian and gluten free options, and lots of food!

The Cake Competition – Saturday 1 April, Telegraph Hill Centre 10am to 4pm. Free to enter competition, £1 for adults and 50p for children to taste and judge. Bake a cake, large or small, fancy or plain, decorated if you wish, and then let the public of Telegraph Hill judge the results!

Categories: Teatime Favourites, Decorated, Cakes made by Kids. New category for 2017: Comedy Cakes and Bakes!

Entry forms are available on the day, here or by email

Bring your entry between 10.00am-12 noon, judging 1.00pm-3.00pm, prizegiving 4.00pm.

A Weight Loss Workshop takes place at Telegraph Hill Centre’s Craftroom 7pm to 8.30pm in consultation with a registered dietitian

Stay Lean for Life on Saturday 1 April, 11m to 12.30pm at the Church of God of Prophecy, Kitto Road, SE14 5TW

Tea Dance on Wednesday 5 April, 3pm to 5pm, Telegraph Hill Centre (£3 on the door)

NOAK has three events in the programme and will be offering snacks or a full menu depending on the time of day, alongside soft drinks, wine, beer and cocktails

Check the programme for details on events, dates & times, and bookings