Festivals, shows and other events.

The Foundry, Camden

Camden High Street, the stretch between Camden and Mornington Crescent stations, suffers a dearth of decent places to eat. Back in the late ‘90s – early ‘00s, I worked in the beautiful “Black Cat Cigarette Building” opposite Mornington Crescent station, more formally known as Greater London House. It was once a cigarette factory owned by ... Read more »

Eating In The Dark

When The Living Room launched their new menu recently, rather than holding a run-of-the-mill event, they invited a small group of us to a Blind Supper Party, where we tried bite-sized portions of several dishes on their menu, blindfolded, and then answered questions about them, pub quiz style.   It was a fun thing to ... Read more »

Tutored Tastings and Food Talks at Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival is not just about visiting all the fantastic food and drinks stands spread out across the several market areas, though that’s a huge pleasure. A big part of the experience is attending some of the wide range of masterclasses, tutored tastings and food talks on offer during the weekend. This year, I ... Read more »

Purple Pershore Plum & Port Jelly

The Pershore Plum Festival celebrates plum growing in and around the Worcestershire town of Pershore. Many varieties are grown in local orchards, including Victoria, Monarch, Greengage and many more but, of course, the varieties that are most celebrated during the festival are those named for the town, Pershore Purple, Pershore Yellow Egg and Pershore Emblem ... Read more »

The Inaugural Cake & Bake Show

Last month I attended the very first Cake & Bake Show, held in Earl’s Court Brompton Hall over a September weekend. Thanks in large part to The Great British Bake Off, there’s a renewed interest in baking throughout the UK, and indeed both Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood were the star names at the show. ... Read more »

The Gherkin & The World Chocolate Masters

I have a soft spot for The Gherkin. I like its simple bulbous shape; I like its reflective surface; I like the cross-crossing spiral pattern of different coloured glass. So when I was invited by my friend Dom to attend an event there recently, I jumped at the chance.    Welcomed by Barry Callebaut‘s UK ... Read more »