A Pasta Festival Is Coming To London This July

By Ellie Smith

4 weeks ago

Canary Wharf's giant pasta feast is back

Who doesn’t love pasta? It’s arguably one of the tastiest and most versatile dishes of all time – hence why it’s being celebrated at a dedicated festival. Returning to London this July is the city’s only Pasta Festival, hosted by London restaurant Emilia’s Crafted Pasta. This follows its successful inaugural event last year, which saw 2,500 pasta lovers gathering for an Italian-inspired foodie extravaganza.

Taking place on 21 July at the flagship Canary Wharf branch, the one-day event will see Emilia’s al fresco, waterside terrace transformed into a festival complete with street food stalls, masterclasses, live music and more. 

Cheese wheel of pasta

Naturally, there will be an abundance of pasta on offer. The Emilia’s team will be serving their signature dishes from food stalls outside, alongside spritz bars serving up Italian cocktails aplenty.

Entry will be free, but if you want to join one of the masterclasses you’ll need to book tickets online. These will cover everything from how to make different pasta shapes (both with and without egg), to pairing pasta with wine, plus special classes for children. Classes will also cover topics like which pasta shapes pair best with different sauces, and how to reuse pasta scraps to make more. Afterwards, you’ll be able to take home your creations to share with friends and family (or just gobble up yourself).

Alongside this, festival goers can enjoy live music from names like the Italian Radio Society band, the Party Professors, and Italian-British band Hetty and the Jazzato, who will be providing the soundtrack for aperitivo hour. The event will finish with a performance from L’Italia s’è festa, the London party concept which plays 90s and 00s dance hits.

People sitting down at a Pasta Festival

Emilia’s Crafted Pasta has a selection of restaurants dotted around the city in places including Aldgate and Baker Street. Pastas are made from scratch every day, with signature dishes including the Béchamel Bolognese, which is slow-cooked for a minimum of four hours, made using grass-fed, organic beef mince from a small farm just outside Bristol.


Emilia’s Summer Pasta Festival will take place on Sunday 21 July 2024, and will run from 12pm to 7pm. You can find out more about the event and book tickets at eventbrite.co.uk