Tomorrow I will be sampling ALL the gin at a festival in Leamington and kicking off a month of events in April. Also on:
Weston Park is wishing a fond farewell to their head chef Guy Day with two special demos and tastings.
Whiskey fans will be torn between sinking a few drams at The Plough or The Alchemist who both have tastings on.
You can’t go wrong pairing craft beer with Aubrey Allen steaks, so head over to The Star & Garter in Leamington to meet the brewer too. Still in the spa town, enjoy tapas and raise funds for autism at the Season’s restaurant tapas and quiz night.
At Warwick Kitchen, Price’s Spices are hosting their first restaurant pop-up and in the Custard Factory you’ll find street food fans tucking into everything from German sausages to curries, these are both brand new events.
You’ll have to wait until the end of April to show off your chilli-eating skills at Eastnor Castle’s Chilli Festival.
My top tips for what to do are always popular, so as usual please check with the venues on ticket availability and enjoy filling your bellies!
A trio of new openings in Birmingham will be offering an appetising menu of truffle-topped pizza, street food and gin.
After India, Argentina and the USA, the Lasan Group are looking to Italy for their new concept which opens in the Selfridges Food Hall later this month. Izza! will serve sourdough pizzas, antipasti, cured meats and salads. The thin-crust pizzas will be baked in a beechwood-fired oven. Expect to pay £8 for a basic Margherita to around £15 for a truffle- topped pizza.
The Mosaic Pub and Dining Group (who own the Button Factory in the Jewellery Quarter) is turning the former Fiddle & Bone into The Distillery. The canal side pub will re-open after Easter with a gin bar upstairs and pub serving real ales downstairs.
During the Easter weekend, on Saturday 15 April, the Custard Factory will be launching Street Food Saturday their first monthly street food event. Expect German sausages from @yumlautcurries and chaats from @TheIndianRasoi homemade soups and deli sandwiches from @little6T3 and a selection of international dishes from @ChefShack627. For the sweet-toothed, @Churros_Susanna will be on hand with their Spanish churros and chocolate sauce and there’ll be cakes, bakes, and proper tea from @HMS_Cupcake @TheGinBoxUK will be serving gin-based cocktails from their lovingly converted horse box.
Running from noon – 7pm, the event will feature Summertime Wine TastingWorkshops by Loki; Whistlestop History of Gin from KitchInn; Alfie’s Mixology Masterclass at Alfie Birds and craft beers at the brand new Mockingbird Theatre.
Drinks will be served to the summer sounds of live music on the poolside stage, with delicious street food dished up by Digbeth Dining Club, winners of the National Street Food Awards 2014.
The workshops and masterclasses will run throughout the day, each workshop costing £15 and lasting for forty minutes.
Alternatively, for those who just want to settle down in the sunshine for drinks, Alfie Birds will be open for business, whilst Loki and KitchInn will offer the chance to buy their gin and wine by the glass or the bottle at their outdoor stalls, open all afternoon.