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One of the biggest Halal food festivals descends onto London's infamous Tobacco Docks next week and this is a great thing! Why? Because it will bring Muslims from all over the UK to enjoy great food together and it allows Halal food vendors, restaurants and specialist food and drinks producers to showcase what they have to offer. What better way to bring people together than through a shared love of food.
So much Halal food in one place...omnomnom
It promises to be as spectacular as it was last year where thousands of people were in attendance. There'll live cooking shows by famous chefs, a chill out area for when you need a breather in between eating all that food and of course the food challenge. There are going to be over 100 exhibitors providing hungry foodies an eclectic mix of food, drink and cuisines from around the world. You can even buy artisan produce directly from the businesses that make them.
Sample food and drinks from around the world
Halal food has traditionally been associated with south Asian food and what's great about this festival is that you can sample so many different types of cuisines all in one place from Italian, Middle Eastern, African to Malaysian. Enjoy mouth watering desserts, refreshing mocktails and everything in between. So if you're picky eater this will surely open up your eyes to new flavours and for the more adventurous foodie this will be the ultimate treasure cove for you to explore. The best part is that you can enjoy everything without having to second guess whether it's Halal or not.
Support local businesses
You'll be supporting local businesses and helping the local economy. Even when the food festival is over don't let that stop you from visiting the restaurants and enjoying their food again and again. Some restaurants and cuisines will be familiar to some and new to others so it's a great way to try new things.
Some interesting facts for you
The Halal food and drinks industry is worth a whopping £900 billion worldwide! According to the Muslim Council for Britain, UK Muslims contributed £31 billion to the economy and of this the household spend on Halal food and beverages is £4.8 billion. The bottom line is we spend a whole lot of money on food and drink (source).
There are over 3 million Muslims in the UK and just over a million based in and around London. If you ask any Muslim what they spend their hard earned cash on, dining out will be in their top three list. The Muslim population is continuing to grow in the UK and the Halal food industry continues to grow and flourish alongside it. One of the biggest demographics within the UK Muslim population are the under 35's. Call us what you will Mipsters, Millennial Muslims, Generation M; we are a generation who love food, love to share food pics on social media and proud to be called foodies.
What are you waiting for?
The festival will be running between 19 - 20 August 2017 so make sure you buy tickets and get yourselves over because you'll be kicking yourselves if you don't.