The Virgin Sport Hackney Festival of Fitness is one of the most popular sporting events in the UK. The event takes place each year across a weekend in May and includes the Hackney Half Marathon on the Sunday, which brings in huge crowds of 60,000 to celebrate at the finishing line in the Hackney Marshes. Feast It has been working with Virgin Sport on this event since 2017, as well as on its Oxford Half Marathon.
Client: Virgin Sport
Venue: Hackney Marshes, London
Event type: Sporting event
Number of attendees: 60,000+
Date: May 2017, 2018 and 2019
Feast It's event management team provided end-end support, which included the handling of supplier documentation and payments, and logistical operations such as overseeing load-in and de-rig. The team worked closely with Virgin Sport to ensure the selected suppliers were suitably placed on-site, and assisted with specific production requirements such as access to power and water. Feast It also provided an on-site management team for the duration of the festival, to ensure the smooth running of the event.
Feast It worked closely with the Virgin Sport team to curate a line up of suppliers to best suit the demographic. Suppliers were selected for the event based on their ability to turn around between 200-300 portions per hour, keeping queue times at a minimum whilst maintaining the Feast It standard of quality. Supporting local suppliers is hugely important to the Virgin Sport team, so 50% of the selected line-up were local to the Hackney area. The line-up included:
4x dessert suppliers (inc. Hackney Gelato)
4x coffee suppliers (inc. Seriously Coffee)
3x bar suppliers (inc. Five Points Brewery)
Thanks to the data we collected at the event in 2018 through our EPOS systems, we had unparalleled knowledge of the attendees' cuisine and menu-item preferences. We were able to learn from this data to improve the offering in 2019 to best suit this audience, resulting in a 38% increase in sales.
Feast It have been our trusted food and bar partner at Hackney Half since 2017 and we've thoroughly enjoyed working with them. Their team removed all the stress that delivering any large-scale event brings with it from a catering perspective. We look forward to continuing to grow both Hackney and Oxford Half events alongside Feast It for many years to come.