Forget the seasonal John Lewis advert and Slade already playing in supermarkets…the festive season really begins at the Tottenham Winter Festival on 2 December 2017.
The annual event takes place in Tottenham Green from noon to 6pm and sees a mouth-watering variety of stalls appear alongside festive, family friendly entertainment on stage climaxing with the tree light switch on around 5pm by Spurs Ambassador Ledley King.
This year’s community celebration will also coincide with an Etsy Made Local Tottenham event in which Tottenham Town Hall, just across from the green, will be filled with craft stalls offering plenty of present-buying-opportunities.
“This day will start the Christmas season for you,” said Tom Fowkes, musical director of the New Tottenham Singers which will be performing at the event. “It’s a wonderful, positive event for people to come to where you can meet neighbours and friends, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and some food and hear some lovely singing. We’ll be singing some festive favourites and giving folk a sneak preview of what’s coming up at our annual Christmas concert.”
Other entertainment includes: a ten-piece Afrobeat band, the Haringey Young Musicians Junior Choir, a brass band called Brunk!, a funky Colombian-influenced band and a ‘panto medley’ from the Musical Theatre Academy (MTA) based a few metres away in the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.
“This year our panto is Mother Goose so people will enjoy a medley of songs from this as well as a special Christmas medley,” said MTA’s principal, Annemarie Lewis Thomas. “It’s important for us to be involved in community events such as this and you can either sit at home and be miserable or come along and see some of the stars of tomorrow provide a bit of feel-good!”
The actual stalls boast a wonderful variety of international street food as well as showcasing some of Tottenham’s finest including: Prestige Patisserie (adding a Christmas Cake Shop and mulled wine to their regular treats), honey from Tottenham Marshes, beer from Brewheadz and hot drinks courtesy of Craving Coffee.
Still want more? Then head into Tottenham Town Hall between 11am – 4.30pm for the first ever Tottenham Etsy Made Local event organised by the ‘Crafty North Londoner’ aka Nonia Jeroh.
“We will have over 35 stalls and over 60% of them are Tottenham vendors,” she said. “It will be a great opportunity for people to do some Christmas shopping and buy homemade items made with love. These aren’t mass produced but objects made on someone’s kitchen table or in a studio and it promises to be a great family day out.”