It’s officially September. That means summer is ending and sitting on a yellowing patch of grass will soon no longer be considered ‘a plan’. Yes, it is time to upgrade your organisational efforts. To flex those muscles that enjoy all things cultural and also the ones that enjoy all things eating. There are plenty of exciting things going on this month, from a celebration of Korean pop culture to a big Goan feast—you just need to seek them out.
photo credit: Chinatown London
Celebrate The Moon (By Eating Mooncakes)
The Mid-Autumn Festival that celebrates the moon falls on 10th September this year. Of course, gazing and pointing at that big old white ball of mystery while saying ‘big tonight’ or ‘bright, innit’ is one way of appreciating the Chinese festival. Another is by consuming all of the speciality mooncakes in sight. Noodle & Beer in Spitalfields is a good place to start.
photo credit: Giulia Verdinelli
Listen To Olia Hercules Talk, Then Get A Pie And A Pork Bap
Ukrainian chef and cookbook author Olia Hercules is speaking at the Financial Times festival on 4th September. She’ll be talking about the relationship between food, power, and politics, and it’s sure to be as interesting as it is inspiring. If you’re looking for none of those things, Jeremy Hunt is on the bill too. It’s being held on Hampstead Heath, by Kenwood House, and you can swing by The Southampton Arms afterwards for a pint and their legendary roast pork sandwich.
Check Out London Design Festival
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the London Design Festival, a wonderful celebration of London’s creativity. As usual there will be plenty going on across the city. There are site-specific installations at the questionably tasting but aesthetically pleasing restaurant Sketch, a celebration of Brutalism outside Centre Point, and a load of colourful zebra crossings by designer Yinka Ilori surrounding the Tottenham Court Road area.
Indulge In A Goan Feast
From the 4th to the 11th September, Gunpowder will be celebrating Goan cuisine at their Soho and Tower Bridge restaurants. The Goan food festival will “pay homage to the culinary culture of the coast” with dishes like Maldon rock oysters topped with frozen hibiscus and cashew nut arrack granita, and traditional xec xec velvet crab—a Goan crab curry—served whole with cockles.
Go To A Korean Pop Culture Exhibition, Then Eat London's Best Pajeon
Roughly translated, Hallyu means ‘Korean wave’. It’s the word used to describe the massive growth in popularity of South Korean culture, and it’s the subject of a big exhibition at the V&A that starts on 24th September. Hallyu! The Korean Wave will look at the impact of Korean pop culture through the lens of fashion, cinema, TV, food, sport, and more. And if you really want to get in the zone, jump on the District Line to New Malden and get some pajeon from Imone.