No matter what the weather, it's a good time of year if you're looking to celebrate food and drink. There are a number of upcoming festivals sure to tickle your tastebuds for the latter weeks of May 2012, so have a look at Great British Chefs round up of events to see what's on.
Starting us off for this festival round-up is the Cromer and Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival, running from the 18th through the 20th. Foodie activities taking place during the festival include cooking demonstrations, mobile kitchens and food stalls.
The Malton Food Lovers Festival will be taking place this Saturday and Sunday, 19 & 20 May, with an amazing amount of activities. There will be two cookery theatres featuring chefs (including Stephanie Moon - pictured above - who recently appeared on Great British Menu), street food stalls, producers stalls, a Masterclass Marquee featuring interviews and tastings, family events and a Beer, Wine and Cider Festival featuring brews exclusive to the festival. Wristbands for the festival are £5, or £4 on the website, with free entry for children aged 15 years or younger.
The Loch Fyne Food Fair will also be on this weekend on the 19th and 20th, featuring excellent artisanal produce from Argyll and fantastic locally-brewed beer from craft brewers Fyne Ales. The food fair is free to attend, with a parking fee of £3 per vehicle.
Shaun Rankin pictured fishing
This weekend will be the beginning of the Jersey Food Festival, which is a week-long event from Saturday, the 19th through Sunday, the 27th, giving one plenty of time to get down and enjoy a taste of Jersey.
Some of the notable activities going on during the festival include a clam and razor fish dig, a foodie film festival, charcuterie making demonstration, coffee masterclasses and opportunities to meet with Michelin-starred chefs, including two of our chefs, Shaun Rankin and Mark Jordan. For more information and to book, visit the Jersey Food Festival website.
On Sunday 20th May, Ivy House in northwest London will be hosting Gefiltefest 2012, a celebration of Jewish food in Britain. It is also a fundraising event supporting food-related charities in the UK and overseas. Gefiltefest will feature an impressive number of speakers, cooking demonstrations and food stalls in the garden. Tickets are £25 for adults and are available on the London Jewish Cultural Centre site.
Great British Chefs' Nigel Haworth will be putting on a Fantastic Food Show in Blackburn Sunday, May 20th. There will be several exhibitors of food and drink, a BBQ competition, talks from food critics and several chefs who will be demonstrating their skills, including Lisa Allen (pictured above) as well as Nigel Haworth, both from Northcote Manor.
Muncaster crab, hen’s egg, tossed salad and English mustard mayonnaise by Nigel Haworth
Tickets for the Fantastic Food Show can be purchased for £5. Visit the website for more information, with tickets for The M Theatre's cooking demonstrations and talks booked separately.
Sunday 20th May also sees the start of The Real Wine Fair, showcasing organic, biodynamic and natural wines in Holborn, London. An amazing amount of winemakers will be represented from Spain, France, Italy, Georgia, Australia and elsewhere. Sunday is the consumer day, where the fair is open to the general public, while Monday and Tuesday are trade only days. Food at the fair will be provided by London restaurants including The Modern Pantry, Ottolenghi, Moro and The Ham & Cheese Co. There are also seminars on many different aspects of natural wine from authors, wine journalists and winemakers. Tickets are £20 for Sunday, the 20th, and are available on the website.
Strawberry Millefeuille by Stephen Crane
The Foodies Festival will be taking place in Brighton on 25th-27th May, featuring demonstrations by Michelin-starred and celebrity chefs in the Chef’s Theatre, including our own Stephen Crane, from Ockenden Manor who will be there on Sunday. There are also a variety of Masterclasses during the days, including a beer & food matching session with author Melissa Cole, chocolate tastings from Lewes Chocolate Company and Jamaican street food from The Backyard Company. There will also be a number of exhibitors from food and drink companies to browse from, restaurant tents to dine in and a producers’ market filled with local food. A three-day ticket is £18, and a one-day ticket is £10, and you can book your tickets here.