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Saluting Tooting: Tootopia returns this weekend!

Saluting Tooting: Tootopia returns this weekend!


Tootopia returns on 20-22 September 2019 for another end-of-summer neighbourhood festival!

Tootopia is Tooting’s neighbourhood festival championing local food, drink and culture! With roots in 2012, Tootopia rebranded in 2015 and since then, has grown to become one of South West London’s most-loved hyper-local happenings.

Once again, they’re inviting locals and Londoners from all walks to explore Tooting’s culinary corners on the Foodie Trail as restaurants of all cuisines conjure up enticing festival specials. Take a break in a new watering hole on the Thirst Quest; maybe a cocktail or two or a sumptuous summer smoothie under the sun? Catch a band in an 80-year-old market or dance in a line at a pub soiree. With kids in tow? Dance among glitter at a family rave in an old Tram shed or pitch up in Tooting’s biggest beer garden for a street food party. And if strolling is more your thing, enjoy a wander while hearing stories of Tooting’s past, or glimpse the grandeur within London’s only Grade I-listed bingo hall.

2019 highlights include:

  • Tootilicious, the official launch party at Tooting Tram & Social championing inclusivity and #loveislove with LGBTQ collective Sink The Pink at the helm.
  • Cocktail masterclasses hosted by Jameson, Havana Club and Beefeater Gin at Ekcovision.
  • A community litter pick and Tooting’s first-ever ‘play street’ hosted by community initiative Healthy Tooting.
  • ‘Throwback Tooting: The Greatest Tooting Talk in History’, an interactive history presentation within Tooting Market’s new ‘yard’.
  • An ‘Ibiza classics’ family rave hosted by Tiny Dancers with a DJ set from Joy Alarm.
  • Tootopia’s Handmade Market returns with crafty folk, artists, bakers and more.
  • Flagship event, the Street Food Takeover featuring tasty traders Daja Chicken, Crust Issues Pizza, Chit Chaat Chai, Poptata and more – after 6pm it turns late night with fire pits and circus performers.
  • A specially curated Secret Tooting Tour led by London-neighbourhood connoisseur @LivingLondon.
  • Many, MANY beer tastings from the likes of We Brought Beer, Craft Tooting, Volden (the exclusive beer of Antic pubs) and Tooting’s very own brewery By the Horns
  • The ever-popular Unwined Speed Tasting sessions are back; go extreme for a tasting with edge or choose wine and bubbles, for a more relaxed session.
  • A super-rare tour of the UK’s only Grade-I listed former cinema, the Granada Tooting, led by the Cinema Theatre Association.
  • Dr Ian Boulton hosts ‘The Natural History of Streatham & Tooting’ in Tooting Common’s Woodfield Project community space.
  • Comedy Night special at Tooting & Mitcham FC
  • PLUS a Harry Potter Quiz, Beer & Food pairing event, Irish Supper Club, Harvest Festival and so much more.

Serving up food specials and drinks this year are the likes of Daddy Bao, Kaosarn, Mud, Brickwood Coffee, Ekcovision, Unwined, Graveney Gin, Boom Bap Burger, Habaneros, Camile Thai, Bayou Bar, Goldfinch, Taps & Tapas, The Tapas Room, Dive In and more, alongside a selection of historic and much-loved public houses; The Antelope, The Wheatsheaf, The Castle, The Trafalgar Arms and The Ramble Inn.

Way back in 2012, Tootopia began as a small pub trail, curated by Antic London to highlight the area’s heritage pubs. Landlords across SW17 showcased the best they had to offer through food and drink specials and events. Fast-forward seven years and Tootopia has become real community festival and in 2018 saw fifty-seven local participants promoting their businesses through the event, including restaurants, pubs, market traders, heritage sites, community event organisers, two charities and even a church. Alongside, South East London makers and food traders who pitched up at annual Handmade Market and Street Food Takeover, whilst an array of bands and entertainers brought the town to life in a variety of locations across the weekend. Each year the core schedule of events are accompanied by a fringe line-up of everything from workshops to walks, quizzes to crafting sessions and much more for all ages.

Most events and workshops are free, with some charging a small fee or donation to local charities.

All events that make up Tootopia are run by Tooting businesses with festival management and promotion proudly funded by Antic Pubs.

Regular updates are posted through the official Tootopia newsletter and on the festival social media accounts – download the full event listing here.

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