Saluting Tooting this weekend

Published: Friday 21st September 18

The fifth annual Tootopia food, drink and culture festival starts today (Friday 21), including the popular BATCA fun day tomorrow.

The Streetfood Takeover

The three day festival from September 21-23 takes place at venues across the town – dubbed one of the world’s top ten coolest neighbourhoods by Lonely Planet.

Highlights include the Street Food Takeover featuring some of the city’s hottest food trucks in Tooting’s biggest pub garden, a Foodie Trail showcasing the town’s best eateries, live music and the Handmade Fair with quirky and unique pieces from designer-makers.

For families activities include a family rave, and history lovers can learn about Tooting’s past on the Greatest Tooting Tour in History from Geoff Simmons and Gala Bingo (Granada Cinema) tours with the Cinema Theatre Association.

The Stripes of Peace project

This Saturday (Sep 22), as part of Tootopia, Tooting residents can celebrate their local community in all its diversity at the BATCA Community Fun Day in Broadwater Road from noon to 5pm.

Organised by the Balham and Tooting Community Association and partners, the day includes rides and inflatables for the children, face painting and henna, multicultural food including Arab, Caribbean, Pakistani and Somali cuisine, stalls, farm animals, arts and crafts, games and the chance to see a police car and fire engine.

The Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Piers McCausland, will be going along, as well as other community leaders and senior figures from the Christian and Muslim faiths. Proceeds will be donated to the St George’s Hospital Charity. Find out more.

This year the event has received a grant from the council’s Wandsworth Grant Fund to enable it to celebrate sustainable living and further involve other faith and ethnic communities. Another Wandsworth Grant Fund recipient, the Summerstown Stripes of Peace project, will also be at the event inviting visitors to make tributes to local people who lost their lives in the first world war.

Tootopia is organised by Antic London with support from Wandsworth Council. Many events are free but some will incur a fee– see the Tootopia website for details.

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