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London Food Festival brings international cuisines to Victoria Park

Smokehouse Bandits at the London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018.
Smokehouse Bandits at the London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018. Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL

The annual London International Food Festival kicks off summer with a feast in the city’s core.

There are over 100 vendors at Victoria Park, allowing guests to choose from a variety of international dishes and desserts Friday morning.

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Family Shows Canada president Doug Hillier says it’s the biggest show they have had in London, and expects to see 100,000 people throughout the weekend.

There is Nicaraguan, Venezuelan, Thai, Vietnamese, and Jamaican cuisine.

“We have tried to make it, so choice is our goal,” Hillier said.

The London International Food Festival at Victoria park June 22, 2018
The London International Food Festival at Victoria park June 22, 2018 Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL
Big Daddy Bacon at  London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018
Big Daddy Bacon at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018 Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL
Sean Hickey, owner of Big Daddy Bacon, at the London International Food Festival in Victoria Park June 22, 2018
Sean Hickey, owner of Big Daddy Bacon, at the London International Food Festival in Victoria Park June 22, 2018 Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL
The Lobster Limo at  London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018
The Lobster Limo at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018 Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL
Railway City Brewery at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018
Railway City Brewery at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018 Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL
Beer Garden at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018
Beer Garden at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018 Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL
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London Brewing co-op at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018
London Brewing co-op at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018 Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL
Jamaican Food Vendor at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018
Jamaican Food Vendor at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018 Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL
Smokehouse bandits at the London International Food Festival in Victoria Park June 22, 2018
Smokehouse bandits at the London International Food Festival in Victoria Park June 22, 2018 Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL
Candy Store at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018
Candy Store at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018 Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL
European Style Grilled Chicken at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018
European Style Grilled Chicken at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018 Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL
Andiamo Italian at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018
Andiamo Italian at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018 Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL
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RAM hosting a contest and letting Londoners test drive vehicles at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018
RAM hosting a contest and letting Londoners test drive vehicles at London International Food Festival in Victoria park June 22, 2018 Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL
The 2018 London International Food Festival at Victoria park June 22, 2018
The 2018 London International Food Festival at Victoria park June 22, 2018 Ozioma Ibeto/ 980 CFPL

Kostas Sakellis says his family tours food shows in southwestern Ontario. Their Smokehouse Bandits booth will be serving pulled pork and ribs.

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Sean Hickey, owner of Big Daddy Bacon, says guest will have all things bacon at his booth. He will be serving a best-seller bacon shot, which is smoked sausage wrapped in bacon filled with sriracha cream cheese.

The beer garden is a new feature at this year’s celebration: guests can choose from nearly 30 different selections.

In the past, the food festival only had one beer vendor and Hillier says people were bored. This year there are seven operators including London Brewing Co-operative, Forked River Brewing Company, Draught Dodger brewery, Railway City Brewing, Anderson Craft Ales, Powerhouse Brewery and Naughty Otter.

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The three-day event features lives performances from local artist including MAD, Combination 2, Delta Stone, Gary McGill, Husky, the Ashamed MacGowens, Stanley Brown, Alan E Charlebois, The Night Crew, Great Spirits and Jeffy Bee.

It runs all weekend from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., on Friday and Saturday, and closes at 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 24.