LONDON EVENTS – FAMILY FRIENDLY – Celebrate the Feast of Saint George at Borough Market

Family-friendly day filled with food, music, storytelling and theatre 

Sunday 22nd April 2018 12pm – 4pm 

Borough Market St Georges Day Celebration 2017

Borough Market is showcasing both the English and International heritage of Saint George, with a family-friendly day filled with food, music, storytelling and theatre to celebrate the Turkish born Roman soldier’s influence around the world.

Visitors will get the opportunity to sample unique St George’s day products from Borough Market’s wide range of regional British and International traders, as well as taking part in traditional (with a twist) Saint George’s Day entertainment. Children and adults alike can enjoy an interactive performance of St George and the Dragon from local street theatre group the Lion’s Part, based on the traditional English Combat Play and incorporating references ranging from Shakespeare and dragon lore to more current ideas.

For maypole dancing with a decidedly contemporary edge, Folk Dance Remixed will be merging traditional steps with Hip Hop moves; encouraging Borough Market’s customers to create ‘wraps ‘n ripples’ and ‘waves ‘n breaks’ around a bespoke 12 foot maypole. There will be a chance for the whole family to learn a fun routine to live music, mixing street dance with classic maypole moves, such as the ‘Chrysanthemum Wrap’ and the ‘Twister’.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) will be at the market with its Discovery Barn which aims to teach 4-9 year olds about food provenance and the hard work British farmers do through a series of games, colourful interactive information panels and fun activities, which together create a truly memorable learning experience. Games include The Minute Milk Challenge, British Sunday Roast Produce Puzzle, The Farming Year Magnetic Maze and a Farm Tour Tractor Experience. The Farming Champion Bean Bag Throw and Farming Flip-Board Quiz are ideal for those aged 6 and up.

Borough Market will be packed with the very best of English produce—from Colchester oysters and Tamworth beef to Melton Mowbray pies and Cheddar cheese. In addition, to celebrate Saint George’s international status as the patron saint not only of England, but of Georgia, Ethopia, Greece, Turkey, and Catalonia, there will be traditional food delicacies from around the world on sale from stallholders, and the Castellers of London will be constructing a human tower, in a Catalan tradition that dates back more than 200 years.

Saint George is also the patron saint of butchers and shepherds, and Borough regular Luke Mackay will be providing meaty culinary inspiration with free cooking demonstrations highlighting butchery.  Luke will be joined by rare and traditional breed producer Northfield Farm, who can offer advice on preparation and cooking times to ensure customers get the most from their meat.  This is the culmination of ‘The St George Residency’ a month of specially commissioned Demo Kitchens held at Borough Market throughout April, showcasing the patron saint’s global stature with a range of celebratory International and English dishes.

Darren Henaghan, Director of Borough Market said: “Food is such an important part of our regional and national identity, and it’s fitting that Saint George is the patron saint, not only of England, Catalonia, Georgia and Greece (amongst many others) but of butchers and shepherds too. At Borough Market we want to celebrate the best regional produce and focus on traditional skills and methods of fully traceable food production – for meat that means heritage breeds that are reared slowly and naturally outdoors.  It may take more time to farm this way but once you have tasted meat produced sustainably, as it would have been in St George’s Day, there’s no going back! 

Highlights of April’s St George Residency in the Borough Market Demo Kitchen include:  

Thursday 5 April  

Chef:  Despina Siahuli 

Borough Market trader:  Marianna KolokotroniOliveology 

Menu:  Greek 


Thursday 12 April 

Chef: Leonardo Rivera Ruiz, Group Head Chef Brindisa Kitchens 

Borough Market trader: Brindisa 

Menu:  Catalan 


Thursday 19 April 

Chef:  Alissa Tomoshkina, founder of KinoVino 

Menu:  Georgian/Russian 


Sunday 22 April  

Chef:  Luke Mackay 

Borough Market trader:  Dom McCourt, Northfield Farm (including butchery demo) 

Menu:  English (meat) 


For more information: 

Borough Market,  

8 Southwark St,  

London SE1 1TL 

Tel: 020 7407 1002 

Nearest tubes: London Bridge or Borough