Festivals, shows and other events.

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 »

Riverford Organic Field Kitchen & Farm Tour

The welcome at the Riverford Organic Farms Field Kitchen is warm.   Guests are shown to their spot at large communal tables serried beneath a vast curving roof. Huge windows let in plenty of light during our June lunch-time visit. The menu is no-choice, served family style at a fixed time, so there’s a real ... Read more »

Abergavenny Food Festival 2011

For some years now, I’ve heard fellow food lovers proclaim Abergavenny as the most enjoyable food festival in the UK. And for almost as long as I’ve been hearing that, I’ve intended to find out for myself. This year I finally did. And they were right! I absolutely loved the festival and can completely understand ... Read more »

Mamta’s Kitchen Curry Sauce on Leon Restaurant Menu!

I’m very excited to share the news that you can try a delicious Mamta’s Kitchen curry on the new Autumn Winter 2011 menu launching at Leon restaurants today. With both a chicken and a vegetarian option available, we hope the rich, well-balanced flavours will appeal to Leon customers, new and old. See full menu So ... Read more »

Put Pork On Your Fork

Now and then we drive past enormous pig farms. Great expanses of mud, not a hint of greenery in sight, rows upon rows of corrugated iron pig huts. and lots and lots and lots of fat pink pigs as far as the eye can see. Not a bucolic scene! Jimmy’s Farm That is not what ... Read more »

BBC Gardeners’ World Live: Highlights

Back in June, Pete, mum and I spent two days exploring the BBC Good Food Show and the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Show at the NEC. Buying a ticket for one automatically gives you entry into the other, which makes it a great value day out as there is plenty to cover in both shows. ... Read more »

BBC Good Food Show: Highlights

I’m afraid I didn’t think much of the BBC Good Food Show (Summer) this year. Compared to last year, there seemed to be far less of the smaller, artisanal producers that I remember coming across last year and less exhibitors over all. There were, of course, a few stalls that I enjoyed visiting. Nougalicious were ... Read more »