Food and drink events to savour this autumn
The long summer is drawing to a close, and autumn is on its way. If you’ve got back-to-work blues, get these foodie events into your diary so that you have something to look forward to.
Broadway Food Festival
9 September 2018, 10 am to 4 pm – Broadway, Cotswolds
As if you needed an excuse to venture into the Cotswolds, this Sunday – 9 September 2018 – sees the Broadway Food Festival return to this stunning village. Celebrating Cotswolds produce, this free festival is a great opportunity to sample delicious flavours from local artisans, and you’ll also be able to watch cooking demonstrations by top chefs from the area.
The Joy of Sake London
28 September 2018, 6 pm to 9 pm – Barbican, London
Fans of Japanese cuisine will be interested in this unique event, which gives you the chance to sample lots of sake alongside mouthwatering appetisers from sixteen celebrated London restaurants. Held at the Barbican Centre, The Joy of Sake is touted as the biggest sake-tasting event outside Japan. Tickets are on the pricey side (£75), but include unlimited tastings from among 478 sakes as well as sake-inspired food from each of the restaurants attending the event.
29 September 2018, 11 am to 7 pm – Bethnal Green, London
Whether you’re already familiar with the Pastel de Nata or not, you’ll be a big fan by the time you’ve visited this festival dedicated to the delicious Portuguese custard tart. Hosted by the Pill Box Kitchen restaurant in Bethnal Green, the event will feature the first ‘Best Nata in the UK’ competition, as well as workshops, cocktails and scrumptious Portuguese wine and food including, needless to say, Pastel de Natas aplenty.
Vegtoberfest – Camden’s Vegan Oktoberfest
6 October 2018, 12 pm to 10 pm – Camden, London
Always dreamed of going to Oktoberfest but never been able to because it’s not vegan-friendly? Well, you’re in luck. Vegtoberfest reckons it’s the UK’s first 100% vegan version of Oktoberfest, so you can get involved in the beery festivities knowing that everything from the beer to the bratwurst is completely animal-free.
The Chocolate Festival, Oxford
24 November 2018, 11.30 am to 8 pm – Oxford
If you’re a chocoholic, you won’t want to miss this tasty treat of a festival coming to Oxford’s Examination Schools in November. The Chocolate Festival promises all manner of artisan traders serving up chocolate in every way imaginable, from chocolate fountains to a Naughty Chocolate booze bar. Sign up for more information and tickets here.
The Great British Gin Festival
24 November 2018, 1pm to 10pm – Brighton
For those with less of a sweet tooth, an alternative event for the same day is a must if gin is your tipple of choice. The Great British Gin Festival gives you an array of over 100 different taste buds to try, along with cocktail demonstrations, talks and of course plenty of opportunities to bring your favourite bottles home. Register for tickets and more information here; you can choose between the Afternoon Session from 1 pm to 5 pm or the Evening Session from 6 pm to 10 pm.
Whether you’re sampling in or tickling your taste buds with chocolate or sake, make sure you’ve booked your chauffeur to pick you up after the event so that you can have your fill without worrying about the drive home.