Blog 19 June 2015 – Food Festivals This Weekend

Food Festivals This Weekend

The Taster Magazine Weekly Update: Food Festivals This Weekend

Food Festivals This WeekendHello! It’s time to round off National Picnic Week: we have two excellent Picnic Cookbooks, each worth £18.99, to give away in our new readers’ survey. Have a go cos you never know.

In the meantime, in London, there’s only one place to go — the giant Taste of London festival, continuing today and all weekend in Regents Park.

If you’re in Northern Ireland, rush to the Titanic exhibition today and try the special two-hour tasting tour (there won’t be another chance to do this until August); alternatively, Enniskillen offers the Festival Lough Erne.

Scotland has two festivals in Edinburgh this weekend: the continuing Royal Highland Show (on today and all weekend) and the Cake Festival (Sunday only) featuring a giant map of Edinburgh made of cake.

In Wales from today, the Lion Inn in Trellech, Monmouthshire, offers music, beer and camping all weekend.

In England Bournemouth F&D Fest kicks off today. It’s the final weekend of the Asparagus Festival in the Vale of Evesham, and festivals are on all weekend in Ellesmere, Harrogate, Evershot (Sunday only) and Droitwich; plus what sounds like an amazing Scandinavian Midsummer Feast in East Harptree, Somerset

NB Remember Father’s Day on Sunday. Hope there’s something in there for you; have a good one!

The Taster

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Blog 13 June 2015 – Food Festivals This Weekend

Food Festivals This Weekend

The Taster Magazine (Nearly) Weekly Update: Food Festivals This Weekend

Food Festivals This WeekendFESTIVAL season is in full swing and we hope the weather near you is better than the drab and dreary day we have here in South Wales. Never mind, firm that resolve, jut that jaw and get out and enjoy the British Summer, we say.

So: It’s the start of National Picnic Week, so ho for the traditional equipment of umbrellas, sou’westers and flasks of steaming hot coffee and maybe a cheeky hip flask.

In London, we have Soho’s Food Feast today and tomorrow.

Northern Ireland enjoys a sudden influx of events: Comber Potato Festival (see page 28 of PDF), Coleraine Market, Dungannon Good Food Market, a Beer Festival in Creggan and Open Farm Weekend across the region.

Scotland has its Science Festival, which includes various events of foodie noteworthiness; and weekend-long festivals in Loch Fyne, Edinburgh (the juniper festival – a celebration of gin!) and Crail. Tomorrow, Glasgow enjoys the Mela Festival, in what looks to be a rather marvellous multicultural celebration of foods from around the world.

In Wales today, Merthyr Tydfil and Newcastle Emlyn offer a Chilli Fiesta and a Food Festival, respectively.

And finally, England today offers the Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival in Leeds and the last day of the Bridport Food & Beer Fest; Congleton F&D Fest (tomorrow only); and over the whole weekend, the continuing Middle Earth Beer Fest in Lancashire, the BBC show in Birmingham, and further food festivals in Crediton (Devon) and Whitley Bay.

Have a good one!

The Taster

Click on COOK for seasonal cooking ideas, or on our CALENDAR for further foodie events this month.

Win A Picnic Cookbook – Taster Magazine

Win A Picnic Cookbook – Taster Magazine

Win A Picnic Cookbook - Taster MagazineTake our Awesome Cookbook Survey below, and you’ll have a chance to win one of our two beautifully-produced, hardback Picnic Cookbooks, each worth £18.99, kindly donated by National Trust Books and Pavilion Books. Good luck!

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Awesome Picnic Cookbook Survey

We’ll draw names out of our Choosing Hat on 31 July 2015 and notify the winners by email. The winners’ names will appear in our Autumn 2015 issue.

Super-planners will love this book: it covers every al fresco eventuality, from bonfires and barbecues to seaside soirées and foraging excursions, and the Afternoon Tea Picnic — a contradiction in terms of effortless appearance and hidden labour. Those of a more fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type character can flip to the ‘Travelling Light’ chapter. Plus handy hints from how to build a campfire without incinerating the countryside, to foods for eating in cars (ie low crumb counts), high-energy catering for major hikes, and exotic options for adventurous foodies.