New Food Calendar 2015 — January

Phew! Well, that was festive.

You’ll be glad to know The Taster has been hard at work during the holidays, collating an entire Calendar of Events for 2015. Here’s the summary for JANUARY.

January isn’t a great month for food events, given most of us are on the wagon, recovering from the festive season. However, in Northern Ireland we have found a foodie talk from Jay Rayner on the 8th and, towards the end, a few Burns Night events — go out for a treat or plan your own Traditional Supper (everyone needs to try this once in their life). See our Haggis Guide for help (originally published Winter 2013).

In Scotland, Edinburgh is holding its Scottish Market in St Andrew’s Square today and the next three days. 2015 is Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, so it should perhaps be especially good this year.

In London, the big Christmas markets will carry on in Hyde Park and Southbank for a few more days (although personally The Taster is at the stage where he wants never to see another cup of gluhwein), plus The France Show in Olympia 23rd-25th.

For all you producers out there, the biggest happening in England will be when Birmingham hosts The Hospitality Show on the 19th-21st.

In Wales, we have found . . . not a sausage, so far. Sorry about that! On the plus side, perhaps it comes as a welcome relief . . .

Let us gird our loins for the coming culinary year. And from The Taster to all our readers,


Food Festivals this weekend 28.11.14

Food festivals this weekend in brief

Festivals are ramping up as we slide towards Christmas . . . hold on tight!

* This weekend sees festivals at Lincoln Showground, Edinburgh‘s Hopetoun House, Birmingham (BBC Good Food Show) and Belfast (ongoing Christmas Market)

* London has a glut of weekend-long events, including Gerrards Cross, Southbank, Hyde Park, Brick Lane and Chelsea, plus a gin festival on Saturday in Bermondsey and the Urban Streetfood market on Saturday night in Shoreditch

* Saturday only: festivals in Ashby de la Zouche, Bristol, Aberystwyth and Hay-on-Wye

*Glasgow holds a feast for St Andrew on Sunday

See our website Events Calendar for full details of what, where, when, plus links to festival websites & twitter feeds

It’s mildly over-cloudy here. If you’re off to a fest, may the sunbeams of joy constantly illuminate your artisan coffee with special syrup. xx

Food Festivals this weekend 21.11.14

Food festivals this weekend in brief

* Food & Drink Fest starts today, on until 30 November, in St Andrews, Scotland

* Saturday sees the Highland & Moray Food & Drink Festival in Inverness

* Belfast Christmas Market continues today and all weekend

* Christmas Fairs getting into full swing in London at the South Bank and Hyde Park

* Continuing nationally, is Eating In/Out Week: today is Chinese Cuisine day, tomorrow (Saturday) is Italian Day

See our website Events Calendar for full details of what, where, when, plus links to festival websites & twitter feeds

It’s pouring with rain here, again. But does it bother us? Not at all; we’re having fish’n’chips. If you’re off to a fest, may the downpour of destiny never dilute your sliders of autonomy. xx

Food Festivals details this weekend 14.11.14

Food festivals this weekend in brief

* Today and all weekend sees the “Living North” festival at York racecourse and the Real Food Fest on London’s Southbank (plus the ongoing Winter Festival)

* Gin festival tomorrow in Newcastle and the start of the Christmas Market in Belfast

* Herring festival Sunday in Clovelly

* A Christmas Food & Craft fest all weekend in Welshpool

See our Calendar for full details of what, where, when, plus links to festival websites & twitter feeds

If you plan on catching an event, may the rains of disconsolation never cloud your condiments of joy. xx

Food Festivals on this weekend 17.10.14

Food festivals and similar events on this weekend. In brief:

* OLYMPIA chocolate week, GLASGOW BBC Good Food Show, MUMBLES oyster festival and SOUTHBANK real food fest start today (continuing all weekend)

* Today only, “beer’n’folk” in KINGUSSIE

* Saturday fests in ALCESTER, IPSWICH, SHOREDITCH plus foraging in HOPETOUN

* BEAMINSTER, BROGDALE and LLANGOLLEN host events all weekend
* Sunday sees a chocolate event in CARSINGTON WATER, an Artisan fair in RICHMOND (Yorks) and a fest in KIRKCUDBRIGHT

* The Restaurant Festival continues across LONDON

See our website Events Calendar for full details or check recent tweets at @TheTaster1

Have a great weekend. If you’re off to a festival, may the flooded gutters of despondency never overflow your wellingtons of hope. xx

Food Festival details on twitter 3.10.14

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

* Broadstairs, Stone, Waveney Valley and Neath start today
* The Cake & Bake Show starts today in Earls Court
* Newport and the Brecon Beacons hold festivals tomorrow; Edinburgh hosts a vegan fair (you don’t have to be vegan to go!)
* Orkney Food & Drink Gala Awards are on tomorrow night
* Melton Mowbray and Ardingly are holding events all weekend
* Knutsford holds an “Apple Day;” the Forest of Dean showcases its autumn show & game fair on Sunday
* October is Cardigan Bay‘s “Food Month”

Ooh, and * London Cocktail Week starts Monday :)

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

Have a great weekend. If you’re off to a fest, may the rain of despair never dilute your plastic beermug of joy. xx

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!