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Covent Garden Will Host Its First Ever Pumpkin Festival This Weekend

By Alex Landon

Pumpkin Market

A gourd-geous celebration of autumn comes to Covent Garden with the arrival of their Pumpkin Market.

If you’ve not managed to hit the pumpkin patches in search of your perfect jack-o’-lantern, fear not – for the pumpkin patch is coming to you. On October 30 & 31, Covent Garden will welcome its first ever Pumpkin Market, bringing over 200 pumpkins and fourteen varieties of squashes and gourds to the famous piazza, and giving you the perfect excuse to fill your home with seasonal veg.

Pumpkin Market

Covent Garden’s Apple Market (the central covered market, just FYI) will be going back to its roots as a house of fresh produce this weekend. Pumpkins, squashes, and gourds from all over Britain and France will be on display, supplied by New Covent Garden Wholesale Market and Classic Veg Box. You’ll be able to snag pumpkins for carving, whilst also picking up squashes for autumnal decoration – and to inspire your cornucopia, the Pumpkin Market will be filled with fresh flower displays created by Maison De Fleurs.

Pumpkin Market

Lots of eye candy to enjoy, then! Luckily, there are an equally tempting smorgasbord of treats you can tuck into, with Covent Garden’s food and drink outlets creating pumpkin-inspired offerings in tribute to the new market. For instance, coffee aficionados The Gentlemen Baristas will serve ‘A Rumpy Pumpkin’ cocktail, Buns & Buns are cooking up a warming pumpkin soup, and Ladurée are gifting free brownies to kids who turn up in fancy dress on October 31. Cute! As you’d expect, pumpkin spice lattes will be available in plenty – so pop down to Covent Garden this weekend to see the full bounty of autumn!

Oh, and if you’re still after pumpkin treats after that, you can pop along to Humble Crumble and pick up fruity crumbles that are served inside mini pumpkins!

Also published on Medium.