Southwark Bridge is transformed into a giant banqueting space, designed by Cathy Wren, with visitors invited to share a meal, to eat, drink, dance and make merry.

This year, the theme is sustainable fish and, in the evening, diners will be invited to the Forgotten Fish restaurant for a special meal prepared by chef Thomas Hunt, in collaboration with Taste of Freedom, using discard fish and waste vegetables. As the sun sets there will be a mass toast to the Thames and all who swim in her.

Bandstand – Tales from the Thames, curated by Corrina Cordon

Join us in the restaurant and bandstand for convivial conversation and show-and-tell.

12.15pm Death to all invasive species! with bon viveur, artist and photographer, ‘Crayfish’ Bob

12.45pm A Feast of Archaeology with archaeologist and London enthusiast, Mike Webber

1.15pm Changing your Tuna with Greenpeace campaigner, Simon Clydesdale

2pm Under the Sea-Wind with environmentalist and climate scientist, Dr Victoria Johnson, on the life and work of Rachel Carson

2.30pm So Long and Thanks for all the Fish with Rosie Boycott, Andrew Simms, Paul Joy and Kath Dalmeny.

3.30pm Caught by the River presents Words on Water with John Andrews, Jon Berry, Luke Jennings and guest DJ Richard Norris

Bandstand – Music Programme

5.45pm Severed Limb contemporary London-based skiffle band

7pm hKippers top talent bolstered by anarchic stage humour

8pm City Shanty Band songs of nautical nostalgia and city calamity

9pm hKippers beguiling, eccentric fusion of jazz, folk, and world music

Across the Bridge

4:30pm The cutting of the 'fish cake' 

6pm foreshore workshop making Victorian Grottas (lanterns made from oyster shells)

6.30 Forgotten Fish Restaurant first sitting. To book your seat, buy a plate on the bridge, plates will be for sale from 12noon, get there early to avoid disappointment.
Plates cost £10 - for which you'll get a delicious 2-course meal served to you, and you get to take the plate home with you also!

7pm A Toast to the Thames and all who swim in her

8pm Magnificent Revolution's participatory cycle-powered cinema showing fish-themed films

8.30 Forgotten Fish Restaurant second sitting. To book your seat, buy a plate on the bridge, plates will be for sale from 12noon, get there early to avoid disappointment.
Plates cost £10 - for which you'll get a delicious 2-course meal served to you, and you get to take the plate home with you also!

Fishy-themed activity

Fishy Tales writing workshop with poet Shazea Quraishi. Zoe Cameron and Damaris Booth make fish hats, edible hats, fishing for compliments, kipper ties. The Haircut Before the Party offer Mullet Haircuts. Decorate the 3-metre 'fish' cake with Konditor & Cook. There is face-painting with underwater scenes by Rachel Tweddell and Eva O'Brien. The One that Got Away, an interactive photobooth by artist Ania Tomaszewska-Nelson and photographer Tim Mitchell. The Mobile Toasting Trolley with Toast Madames, Lottie Davies and Zoe Bywater, invite public toasts from diners. Costume designer Jenny Hayton leads Hat Making Workshops transforming recycled hats into glorious harvest hats with a fishy theme. Sustainable Fish City and Fish Fight are on the bridge and Rococo will display chocolate-making and fish-shaped chocolates. The Miniature Museum of Thames Angling with Andrews of Arcadia. There are appearances from Plunge Boom's Vegetable Nannies. Brockwell Bake’s mobile bakery is joined by The Friends of Brixton Windmill, E5 bakehouse and artisan baker Vincent Talleu. Corn Dolly-Making Workshops with Robert Longstaff. The SOIREE will re-enact some insignificant historical food-related events. Touchwood Trees lead Pumpkin Carving Workshops. Artist Sophie Herxheimer will record and illustrate your Food Stories. Fishy Games with Okido. SEED foundation will collect food waste in Bling Wheelbarrows for anaerobic digestion. LCRN have a compost display and give away. Robert Longstaff runs workshops on How to make a Wormery. There are also Information and displays from Marine Stewardship Council, and a vertical allotment by Incredible Edible Lambeth.

Flowers by Rose Hamson Flowers, tabelcloths by Sophie Herxheimer, bunting by Sho Watt.

To whet your appetite, here's a video showing 2010's Feast on the Bridge.

Fishy Tales

Submissions of flash fiction, verse and prose poems of up to 150 words are invited for this year’s Feast on the Bridge.  The theme is Fishy Tales and submissions are welcome from writers of all ages. Selected pieces will be published on the website and displayed at Feast on the Bridge on 10th September. Deadline for submissions: August 31st .

Please send your contribution to: fishytales2011@hotmail.com

With thanks to Mayor of London, Fishmongers’ Company, Abel & Cole and Chris Carey’s Collections Ltd.

Designed by Cathy Wren Production, build and design team, Mari Reijnders, George Tomlinson, Lizzie Clachan, Paul Jones and Anne McLellan. 

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