September is always a good month to visit food festivals, to meet producers and enjoy seasonal produce. My round up this month takes you from Shropshire to Warwickshire, with the return of huge well known events like the Ludlow Food Festival to lesser known celebrations like the Ginger and Spice Festival.
In Staffordshire, the StrEATfood Social at Burton’s Market Hall and a Wolseley Wine Loft wine tasting of wines from handmade, small producers caught my eye.
It’s a busy month for foodies in Shropshire – you can become an expert in cheese at the Turnbulls Cheese Experiences Academy of Cheese; Deliciously Ella will be signing her latest cookbook; Ludlow will be hosting hundreds of food producers for the Ludlow Food Festival and at the end of the month The Ginger and Spice Festival is held in Market Drayton.
I’ll be going to one of the biggest food festivals in Warwickshire (which I’m pleased to say is still free entry) the Leamington Food & Drink Festival. The Arden Hotel in Stratford upon Avon is celebrating 100 years of the RAF with a special RAF Afternoon Tea and the whole town toasts theStratford upon Avon Town Centre Food Festival on the 22nd and 23rd of September.
In Birmingham Opus Restaurant is hosting a Cheese Dinner, you can sup a few pints at the Ale & Cider Festival, which is set in the gardens of Blakesley Hall and the Midlands Whisky Festival returns with a huge selection of drams.
All the details for addresses, opening times and ticket prices are over on the September Events page.
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 on ‘Mrs Beeton’s Christmas.’
More details are over on the Events page and please don’t forget to check the venues’ websites for booking information.
From British Pie Week, a vegetarian tasting menu at Blue Bistro and a charity fundraising lunch by Gastro Card at Opus, to a coffee roasting talk at The Arden Hotel, an Easter Food Fayre in Hatton and a Good Friday fish supper at Mallory Court there are some great food events for your diary in March. Have a look at the Events page for more details.
Dates for your diary include Harborne Farmers Market, a Game and Wine night at The Rose and Crown in Warwick, a talk on tea at The Arden Hotel, Christmas Food Fayre at Hatton Shopping Village, a Vin Neuf Wine Tasting and BBC Good Food Show Winter. Full details on the Events page.
Get into game, treat yourself to truffles, enjoy a wine dinner or afternoon tea – dairy dates for October are now on the Food Events page.
Enjoy a lazy brunch served from noon to 4pm to the soothing sounds of jazz, with dishes from £3.95 at The Arden Hotel in Stratford upon Avon on Sunday 19th August. http://www.theardenhotelstratford.com
Peel’s at Hampton Manor is running a special summer promotion to buy three courses at the price of two on the prix fixe lunch and supper. You can download a voucher from their website www.peelsrestaurant.co.uk until 31st August.
Hotel Indigo in The Cube, Birmingham has a Table D’Hote menu in August, of three courses for £20 during weekday lunchtime and early evenings. www.hotelindigo.com/Birmingham
Details of Kids Easter Biscuit Decorating Class at Carluccios; a Good Friday Fish Supper at Mallory Court Hotel; a Spanish themed evening at Grant’s of Sheep Street; a Jazz Brunch at The Arden Hotel; National Stilton Week and an Easter Sunday Lunch at Coombe Abbey are now on the Events page.