Fitness continues to infiltrate almost every aspect of modern life, so much so that street food markets – once firmly the domain of salty, fat-filled treats – are now embracing healthy ingredients and cooking techniques like never before.
And as if to prove it, not only is the food at the upcoming Tasty Games set to be overwhelmingly nourishing, you’ll be able to earn a free taste of it by taking fitness classes at the event.
The Tasty Games takes place on 18th-19th February in Q-Park Oxford Street (the car park beneath Cavendish Square). An underground car park is perhaps not your first thought for the location for a fitness festival but it’s central, spacious and sheltered from the winter weather, so that works for us.
Furthermore, to make the space more outdoorsy, a field of real grass will be rolled out across the Tarmac. Grass in a car park three storeys underground… you can’t say it’s not novel.
A range of 20-minute taster classes will be on offer, involving a mix of activities that people of all fitness levels can enjoy. There will be HIIT classes, barre and hula-hooping from the likes of PHIIT, The Refinery E9 and Hulafit.
There will also be games from Rabble, an organisation that revives playground classics such as British Bulldogs and Capture the Flag alongside sports mash-ups for its fitness sessions, which are sure to be boredom-free.
You can take as many of these classes for the £15 price of admission, and if you try four or more exercises you get free food – the best incentive of all – from the restaurants at the festival.
There are five healthy food purveyors at the Tasty Games: Rawligion, Megan’s, Island Poké, Farm Girl Café and The Good Yard, each of which has teamed up with social media stars from Instagram and Facebook to create healthy, flavourful dishes.
Tickets for the Tasty Games cost £15. For more info and to book your spot go to thetastygames.com.
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Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.