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PHOTOS: Drinking the first weekend of summer at two London festivals

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Summer 2022 has officially arrived, and it got off to a good start in London this weekend with two events: the London International Food & Drink Festival in Victoria Park and the London Beer Fest at Covent Garden Market. LFP photojournalist Mike Hensen verified both on Sunday:



Adrian Budhram and Emily St. Pierre enjoy a beer at London Beer Fest at Covent Garden Market on Sunday June 26, 2022. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press


Peggy Churney enjoys a margarita flavored beer.
Peggy Churney enjoys a margarita flavored beer. “That’s good since my name is Margaret,” she told the London Beer Fest at Covent Garden Market.


Kwabena Johnson from Woodstock prepares jerk chicken at the London International Food & Drink Festival in Victoria Park in London.
Kwabena Johnson from Woodstock prepares jerk chicken at the London International Food & Drink Festival in Victoria Park in London.


David Lan eats chips with Ashley Bossence as Lewis longingly watches the London International Food & Drink Festival in Victoria Park.
David Lan eats chips with Ashley Bossence as Lewis longingly watches the London International Food & Drink Festival in Victoria Park.


Carlos McPherson of Jack the Ribber coats a rack of ribs at the London International Food & Drink Festival in Victoria Park.
Carlos McPherson of Jack the Ribber coats a rack of ribs at the London International Food & Drink Festival in Victoria Park.


The school mates wanted to reunite with their mothers and sisters, and that was the result of the London Beer Fest at Covent Garden Market on Sunday.  Bottom left: Rachelle Gatschene, her mother Shelly Gatschene and her sister Bridget Gatschene.  Then the Foxes: Emily, her mom Lori and her sister Brittany.  Next up is Brie Wilcox, her sister Courtney Wilcox and their mother Sarah Harris.  Mike Hensen/The London Free Press
The school mates wanted to reunite with their mothers and sisters, and that was the result of the London Beer Fest at Covent Garden Market on Sunday. Bottom left: Rachelle Gatschene, her mother Shelly Gatschene and her sister Bridget Gatschene. Then the Foxes: Emily, her mom Lori and her sister Brittany. Next up is Brie Wilcox, her sister Courtney Wilcox and their mother Sarah Harris. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press