Monthly Archives: September 2014

Food Festival details on twitter 27.9.14

Just put out a few tweets about the food festivals on this weekend:

* Thame, Bridgend and Larne (N.I.) are on today only
* Aldeburgh, Bognor Regis, Cardiff, Cockermouth, Dartington, Leeds, Narbeth, Truro and Weston-super-Mare are holding events all weekend
* Dungannon is having an Apple Day tomorrow
* Dufftown continues to enjoy a Whisky special

Full details are on the Events Calendar section of our website (with a few more details than we get out in tweets alone)

The Taster himself is still dithering over whether to trot down to Cardiff Country Fair, or – alternatively – to get on with some serious test-cooking in the kitchen. Which will it be . . . they’re both excellent ways to spend an afternoon . . . the agony of choice

Have a great weekend, everyone. If you’re off to a fest, may your wellies never get stuck in the mud and the rainclouds stay away. xx

Autumn issue printing now – street food, foraging & more 23.9.14

The ink on our new  Autumn issue is drying even now! It’ll be out before the end of this week,Autumn 2014 cover page focusing on seasonal topics including foraging for blackberries, harvest festivals & food fairs, a scientist’s-eye view of mushrooming, menu ideas for Halloween, and a special feature on Streetfood.

As you probably know, The Taster does not set limits on its field of interest in anything culinary; our roving DJ reporter appears to have roved significantly further afield than usual this time, reporting back on the dietary habits of astronauts and moonwalkers. We also interviewed a real character, Master Chef Grant Hawthorne, who’s decided to educate us Brits about proper peri peri dishes, and been kind enough to provide a recipe for South African pulled pork.

Plus we have a viewpoint from a streetfood market organiser, and details of this year’s British Street Food Awards. It’s all part of the new streetfood revolution.

Other features include:
* “How Cooking Made Us Human” Extract from a fascinating book by a Harvard Scientist on the role of fire in human evolution
* A Medieval Menu From roast cockentrice to fried oranges and sugar sculptures

Page 23 of our print magazine. For the accompanying words, subscribe to the print magazine or download the App

* Lunch, NASA & the Universe Lunches in Space
* Foraging A brief history, and a tale of blackberrying
* Seasonal Autumn Foods Plus wine & drink matches, and a scientist’s view of mushrooms & fungi
* Fish Watch Quick run-through of current sustainable species, and a pointer towards a useful App
* Autumn Nibbles & Notes A selection of popular snippets, kitchen gifts & pick of the food festivals
* Tales from the Nosh Pit A DJ reports on a very special item of streetfood in Malaysia
* Tales from Home Our homegirl analyses food festivals in town and country

Plus the usual calendar of food events, tricksy food-related crossword, news round-up and some very funny foodie ‘horrorscopes’. We’ve put various snippets and bits on the website but obviously not all – to get the full package, subscribe today or get the App (also due out later this week).

Hope to see you soon!

Food Festival Calendar – updated for Autumn

It takes a while to compile! – But it’s done . . . check our Calendar Events section to see what’s happening this month and where your nearest Food Festival is.

Writing up this calendar is good for getting an idea of certain foodie trends. There’s a lot of harvest food-festivals on, of course, and renewed emphasis on “the harvest” as a traditional Good Thing. But another thing we noticed is the comparatively high number of happenings in Scotland. Maybe The Taster’s slaves are just getting better at hunting them down on the internet, but so far we have 12  Scots foodie happenings in September and 10 (so far) for October – as against six and two, respectively, last year. This weekend there’s even an Island Produce Show in the Outer Hebrides (on the islands of Barra and Vatersay) – we just love that. If any Islanders are reading, cheers to you!

Organic September is here again – coinciding (deliberately) with the harvest season and the official start of Autumn (did you know it’s still officially summer until September 23? Us neither). This is actually the autumnal equinox, when night and day are of equal length. Don’t say this isn’t an educational website. . .

Take a look at our Calendar and see what’s going on near you. It looks like most of us will have at least some pleasant weather over this weekend, and it’s always good to visit a food fest. Have a good one!

Autumn squashes, squashed up
Autumn squashes, squashed up

Images of French Food – a Holiday Haul

French food, continued. As mentioned, the Taster himself has returned from foreign climes (well, Boulogne) clutching several bags of goodies and looking furtive. He did get a lot of stuff from  street markets and artisan shops, but at the last minute couldn’t resist diving into a (let it be spoken low) supermarket.

We’ve let him off since Match or Casino do a few items it might otherwise take a while to track down (especially if you’re only on a four-day break and have an urgent lunch appointment with a lovely little bistro). Below is his haul; he also noticed bottled fish soup; Speculoos biscuits (lovely cinnamon biscuits; if you’ve never tried them, do); packets of smoked ham; jars of unusual egg roes; cassis/mûre/framboise liqueurs; tinned cassoulet; unusual mustards; various packets of things en gelée and plenty more wine.

Boulogne food small

Left to right: bargain fleurs du sel, posh nougat, smoked and cured sausages, herbs from Provence, pink peppercorns, ready-made salad dressings, red-leaf lettuce, tiny olives, a jar of aubergine caviar on top of tinned confit of duck, tinned snails, Selles-sur-Cher (unpasteurised) and Coulommiers cheeses, coffee, pear cider, extra-large silver-ball cake decorations (spotted in the baking section), Côtes du Rhône, three very expensive artisan jelly sweets and three bottles of semi-sweet fizz. Garnered, variously, from the local market, a speciality sweet shop and an unnamed supermarché.

Well, you have to live — and if it was a really good bistro . . .    :)