November, November events to remember

November 2017 events

From chocolate to game I am getting a warm glow writing about the fabulous food and drink happenings in November. Remember that this is the only guide you need to the best events this month!

Not one but two Chocolate Festivals are being held this month – the first in Warwick on Saturday followed by Shrewsbury on the 18th and 19th.

In Stratford upon Avon it’s luxury all the way with a champagne tasting dinner Salt and a charcuterie and cheese dinner at the Arden Hotel.

A brand new event to look forward to in Birmingham as Digbeth Dining Club together with Original Patty Man launches Sear & Smoke for a complete meat-fest.

Sauce Supper Club is hosting a very special event on Monday 20th November, with a champagne reception and stunning six-course menu – designed and delivered by six different Michelin star chefs and their teams! The all star line-up is Tom Kerridge and friends Luke Tipping, Brad Carter, Richard Turner, Rob Palmer and Adam Bennett.

Fancy learning all there is to know about whisky? Then head over to The Star & Garter in  Leamington, or is port is more your tipple Hotel du Vin in Birmingham is hosting a Port & Portuguese Wine Dinner.

Game is on the menu at The Moat House, Acton Trussell, and to get us in the mood for Christmas, food historian Dr Annie Gray is hosting a talk onMrs Beeton’s Christmas.’

More details are over on the Events page and please don’t forget to check the venues’ websites for booking information.

 

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Family fun in Alcester

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Just in time for Fathers Day, Ragley Hall has a weekend of family fun lined up for Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June, in the lovely Alcester countryside.

There will be a full programme of free talks and demonstrations with opportunities to taste, learn, meet and talk with top chefs and producers.

Ragley Hall Food Festival chefs

At the Talks and Tastings Hub, Jane Devonshire, Masterchef Champion 2016, will be presenting family recipes as well as sharing tips and advice. Chef Rich Harris, author of BBQ Fire & Smoke will be demonstrating barbecue cuisine and alfresco dining. They will be joined by Brad Carter, of Michelin starred restaurant Carters of Moseley in Birmingham and Rob Kennedy, executive chef from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in cookery demonstrations. Marlow Renton from Wild Food UK, will also be leading foraging walks.

Food and drink lovers will find over 40 food and drink stalls including cheese and charcuterie raclette, wood fired pizza, handmade speciality sausages, Belgian fries, Indian street food, fresh juices and smoothies, strawberries and cream, artisan pies and sausage rolls, savoury African snacks, artisan fudge, ice cream desserts and French crepes  plus craft beer and cider on offer throughout the food festival.

Tickets to the food festival are included with entry to Ragley Hall, starting from children at £6.50 and adults at £10.50.

Oh and if you do pop along you will see me on stage on Sunday, as I will have the honour of compering the day’s events!

For more information, visit www.fantasticbritishfoodfestivals.com

 

Jump into June’s events

June 2017 events

This is a good month to see your favourite chefs in action, with cookery demos at festivals all across the West Midlands in June.

Catch Jean-Christophe Novelli in Coventry,  Simpson’s Nathan Eades  at Foodies Festival in Birmingham, Brad Carter at Ragley Hall’s Fabulous Food Festival and Chris Burt at Shrewsbury Food & Drink Festival.

Specialist dinners this month include a forage walk and inspired menu in Hereford at Madam & Adam, celebrating asparagus at The Cross in Kenilworth and three of Colmore Row’s best eateries in an evening tour.

Look out for National Beer Day themed events in Staffordshire too, with a supper club and beer tasting.

Guess who is coming to dinner

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In a month’s time you could be tucking into a Sauce Supper Club dinner hosted by Richard Turner.

Richard is leaving his Birmingham restaurant Turners at 69 for a night and heading  back to his hometown to cook at The Wine House in Lichfield.

This special evening on Monday 20 March is part of a series of events by the Sauce Supper Club, brainchild of Jon Toovey, Director of Sauce Fine Foods and his wife Beth. The club showcases great local chefs and February’s dinner (being held tonight) features Brad Carter from Carters of Mosely.

For more information email Beth at Sauce Supper Club or to make a booking please click here.