I’ve set myself a bit of a challenge for October to see how many food and drink events I can get to.
Why not join me at the Stone Food & Drink Festival, Jay Rayner’s My Last Meal, Warwick’s Chocolate Festival, The Pod Café’s Supper Club, A Taste of Leamington, Fiesta del Asado’s Malbec wine tasting and Slurp and the Meat Room’s first wine and charcuterie evening?
All the details as usual are over on the Events page and will feature on a swanky new calendar feature too (when I sort out the wordpress gremlins!)
While we are soaking up the sunshine, we can be learning about Japanese cooking, tequila and rum or simply enjoying Summer puddings and streetfood. All the details for August are over on the Events page.
An interesting new venue has opened in Leamington. Temperance offers pastries from Haddie and Trilby and coffee from Monsoon Estates, this café bar is a great supporter of quality local produce.
Based in Bath Street, their building began life as a drapers and around 1880 became the Westminster Temperance Hotel and Coffee Tavern. It was badly damaged by the floods of 1998, but has now been extensively and sympathetically restored. By day, it will be a community cafe and, at night, become an art cinema, sports bar, a music venue and an event space .
On the first Wednesday of the month, Warwick’s wine merchant The Square will be cracking open a couple of bottles of new wine for you to try. Between 7 – 8pm, just pop in and make the most of the sale prices.
Tune into BBC Radio Stoke at 7pm on Thursday for a new food and drink programme The Takeaway. Paula White will be chewing the fat with culinary experts, chefs, local producers and farmers.
In the news this week……………. Spanish restaurant Amantia in Birmingham will be hosting monthly wine tasting evenings with tapas and flamenco for £35, starting from tonight (Friday 13th).
Thursday 19th October is a date for frommage fans. Aubrey Allen is hosting an informal tasting with a selection of cheeses paired with wine for £10 that starts at 6.30pm in the Leamington store.
Congratulations to the Lion and Pheasant in Shrewsbury, for winning Shropshire Dining Pub of the Year from the Good Pub Guide.
No 9 Church Street in Stratford upon Avon will be now open for Sunday lunch on three dates – 15th October, 19th November and 17th December, serving traditional roasts including Aubrey Allen beef.
By now the post New Year ennui should have worn off, so I’ve lined up a great selection of food and drink events for you this month.
My recommendations range from wine tasting with a cheesemaker and gin tasting to Burns Night celebrations and the return of the Digbeth Dining Club. As usual you’ll find the details on the events page. Enjoy!
Over on the Events page you’ll find my top ten picks for food and drink events this month.
The Sketts Fine Foods Market in Victoria Square and Food Market at the mac are great places to buy hot food to eat there and then as well as treats to take home.
Over a leisurely four courses, Portugese and German wines will be tasted at Hotel du Vin and Square Door wine tasting dinners.
The art of tea is explored at Itihaas and following Chinese New Year Lap-Fai Lee tutors a Chinese Family Feast evening class at Harborne Food School.
Street food fans need to know that Leamington’s own Fresh Rootz make their debut at Digbeth Dining Club, while street food guru Low n Slow is back at Brew Dog for a pop-up. Andy’s signature ribs, alongside ox cheek tacos and brisket fries will be on the menu.
The popular Opus Dinner Series continues with Carrolls Heritage Potatoes hosting the next evening. Over at their sister venue Bar Opus, you can shake it up with Sam during an hour long cocktails masterclass.
So whether you are food shopping with local producers, learning about wine regions, tucking into street food or mastering new culinary skills it all adds up to being a fabulous February!