All posts tagged: festival

National Calvados Week 2015

What Try your five a day the Normandy way, it’s Père Magloire National Calvados Week running from Sunday 18 October and Saturday 24 October. Where Taking place in bars, supermarkets and independent off licenses across London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Liverpool including 155 Bar & Kitchen, The Hawksmoor, Waitrose and Gerry’s of Soho. http://www.nationalcalvadosweek.com Experience It’s the time of year when Normandy’s finest green apples are harvested then transformed into the golden nectar that is Calvados. The complex, warming apple brandy is as fresh and pure as the beguiling French countryside from which it is born. My new favorite autumn tipple is not as well known in the UK as it should be. Take the opportunity this week to sample it for yourselves with special cocktails menus, Père Magloire Calvados range tasting, food pairing and specially prepared menus cooking with Calvados taking place all over the city. Make mine a large avec de le glace, and show me the cheese board!

Tequila & Mezcal Fest

Where Spitalfields Market What Tequila & Mezcal Fest Experience Salt first, then tequila, then lime. Then grimace. This is how I usually drink tequila, and I’ve been drinking it like this for so long that I thought it was the only way of doing it. I was wrong, of course. Proper tequila – which is not drunk from a plastic shot glass – is smooth, citrus, and delicious. It comes in different vintages, and the longer it has been aged for the more sippable it becomes. Because you sip proper tequila, you see, you don’t shot it. And forget about the salt and the lime – tequila made from 100% agave and oak-aged for more than a year has a flavour that stands on its own. The best place to try it? The UK only has one festival dedicated exclusively to showcasing the best things you can make from agave, and it’s coming to Old Spitalfields Market this weekend. Tequila & Mezcal fest wants to teach you how to drink and enjoy Mexico’s greatest export. There will be …

The Festival of Heat

What Heat-Seekers gather together on Sunday 27th September for the return of the hugely celebrated Festival of Heat, London’s Chilli Festival. This year the festival will take place at East London’s favourite pop up market, The Red Market. Experience Promoting aspiring and established talent, the festival brings together the very best producers, market traders and chefs from around the UK. Encona will also be showcasing their extensive range of sauces and marinades that will take you on a journey around the globe. There will be plenty of chillies to sample, as well as great food vendors demonstrating their culinary skills. Watch, listen and learn as Flavour Gurus from The World of Zing and Made in Hackney reveal their secrets in the Festival Kitchen through master classes, workshops and demonstrations. Topics include, ‘Growing the Perfect Chilli’, ‘Cooking with Chilli to achieve the perfect Heat’ and ‘How to Make a Good Curry’. There is also the opportunity to pick up some top tips on sending your own hot sauce to market – from production to shelf. The …

Vintage at Goodwood

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that my boyfriend is a part of the team that set up and worked on Vintage at Goodwood. So from the word go I knew all of the goings on behind the scenes. It was an exciting year in the lead up to the first event. Throughout the year I learned that there would be an arena for each different era, from the 1940’s to 1980’s. I also learned that there would be a pop up high street, the first of it’s kind and 200 + market stalls selling the finest Vintage clothing. This was to be the largest vintage market in the world! The attention to detail was fascinating – as I sat observing a meeting for all of the curators in our kitchen a couple of months before, I realised that this event could possibly be the best I’ll ever experience. The idea, for someone like me who loves Vintage but not one specific era is great because it allowed me to meander around …