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 »

All Star Chilli Con Carne

A few weeks ago, I was invited to All Star Lanes in Westfield Stratford to learn executive chef Steve Collins’ chilli con carne recipe and a few cocktails from mixologist Adam Seidman. The master classes were filmed as part of some new promotional material for Westfield Stratford’s website, though thankfully I’m only visible briefly!   ... 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 »