Don't you just hate it when you hear about a marvellous festival or tasting or feast that happened last week? .. and you would have gone along if only you had known about it!
So I thought that wherever I hear of a good event I'll pop it on the notice board!
Saturday, 7 and Sunday, 8 July
The North East Chilli
Festival at Seaton Delaval Hall,
The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, NE26 4QR.
The inaugural North East Chilli Festival will be held in the historic grounds of Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland on Saturday, 7 and Sunday, 8 July with a host of the UK’s top chilli producers.
The event organised by Northumberland-based Hot Stuff Chilli, award-winning Newcastle-based deli mmm... and National Trust is set to offer chilli fans the opportunity to taste some of the world’s hottest food – if they dare.
With a host of the UK’s most respected producers already signed up for the event, north east ‘chilli heads’ will be able to taste chillies, including the world’s current hottest specimen, the Trinidad ‘Moruga Scorpion’.
And organisers are also telling non-chilli lovers the event will be a lot more than just heat - with a host of music, strolling bands, children’s activities, an international food marquee, picnic areas, history, walks, games and more.
Tickets for the event are now on sale – with an initial 2-for-1 and children go free deals being offered via the event’s website at www.chillifest-ne.co.uk and at mmm... in Newcastle’s Grainger
the UK’s best.”
The North East Chilli Festival will be held on Saturday, 7 and Sunday, 8 July at Seaton Delaval Hall, The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, NE26 4QR.
For ticket offers, news, opening times, travel details and exhibitor details visit www.chillifest-ne.co.uk
Social media users can also follow @chillifest_ne on Twitter or www.facebook.com/northeastchillifest on Facebook.
June 13th – 17th BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham
Oh I love the BBC Good Food Show . I will be there reporting back live to BBC Radio Northampton as the show will be rolling into town once again for their annual Summer Food Show and today announce they will be bringing an all star line up with them to the NEC in June.
James Martin; the Hairy Bikers; John Torode; Gregg Wallace; MasterChef Champion 2012 - Shelina Permaloo; Olly Smith; Michael Caines and local Chef Glynn Purnell will all be cooking live under one roof! The Show will bring to life for us some of TV's most loved cookery programmes including The Saturday Kitchen featuring the omelette challenge! .. and celebrity guests' food heaven and hell. Plus MasterChef sessions, featuring cook offs and demonstrations.
I am delighted that the tickets also include entry to BBC Gardeners' World Live where you can pick up tips on how to grow your own from Monty Don; Alan Titchmarsh; Carol Klein; Joe Swift and the rest of the team .. I bumped into several of them last year just enjoying the day.
To me cooking is all about using fresh, seasonal produce and where better to get that from than your own garden. This is the perfect place to learn how to grow your own with your free entry to BBC Gardener's World Live. Combine that with inspiration from top chefs, recipe ideas and hundreds of producers to taste, try and buy from and you've set yourself up for quite the foodie summer!"
Kids go free at the weekend with activities and entertainment throughout Saturday and Sunday for children.
Organisers are urging visitors to book in advance due to a sell out Saturday at last year's Show.
To book please visit BBCGoodFoodShow.com or call 0844 581 1341
Tickets start at just £19.75
£1.75 booking fee per ticket applies. The NEC charges £8 for parking, payable on the day. No animals admitted to the show except for registered assistance or guide dogs. One person admitted free of charge per wheelchair user or person whose disability necessitates a carer. Tickets are sold subject to terms and conditions and are non-transferable and non-refundable. Children under 6 (0-5yrs) are free of charge but do need a ticket to get into the show. If booking online select child ticket from the dropdown menu, or if booking over the telephone, please ask for a free child ticket. Up to two children per paying adult
Under 18s are admitted to the Show accompanied by an adult. In accordance with the law, visitors aged under 18 are not permitted to purchase/sample alcoholic drink products or knives.
22nd June 2012 - The Foodie Bugle Lectures
by Silvana de Soissons•30th March 2012
The second in the series of Foodie Bugle Lectures is going to be held on Friday 22nd June 2012 in the beautiful barns of Thyme at Southrop Manor Estate, near Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3NX.
We are inviting six of the prominent food and drink artisans and retailers, food and travel writers, photographers, chefs, cookbook authors and growers that we have featured in the last thirteen editions of The Foodie Bugle to each deliver 30 minute talks to a foodie audience, followed by a 15 minute Question and Answer session. They will talk openly about their work, what sort of business or activities they have set up or books they have written, what challenges they have faced, what they hope to achieve in the future, what legacy they would like to leave behind and, if they could turn back the hands of time, what they would have done differently if they had known then what they know now.
This sharing of knowledge and bringing together of collaborative minds will enable people from all parts of the food and drink industry to meet, learn, ask questions, share information, pitch ideas and be inspired by one another in a friendly and open environment. The names of the lecturers will be announced shortly.
The talented food photographer Pascale Cumberbatch of Extra Relish will be taking photos during the event, and blogs and articles will be written about the event.
The Thyme team will welcome you all with teas, coffees, biscuits and cold drinks and we will all enjoy a delicious, seasonal home grown lunch cooked by the cookery school Chefs Daryll Taylor and Marj Lang.
If you wish to purchase tickets please click here. The lectures are the only financing source of The Foodie Bugle online magazine, which takes no advertising and receives no sponsorship, but gives a worldwide publishing platform to hundreds of artisans, growers, food writers and photographers for free.
We look forward to welcoming you there.
Details of The Foodie Bugle Lectures Friday 22nd 2012
Location: Thyme At Southrop Manor, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3NX.
Telephone: 01367 850174
Start Time: 9.00 a.m - 10am Tea, coffee, juice and biscuits.
Short tea- coffee break: 11.30 am - 12.00pm
A buffet, seasonal lunch with wines will be served from 1.30 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.
The Foodie Bugle Lectures will end at around 5.30- 6.00 p.m. with a tour of Southrop Manor estate and tea.
Ticket Price: £100 per head.
To book a ticket: Please click here.
Please bring lots of business cards to share.
Accommodation and facilities at Southrop
The Southrop Manor estate has three cottage suites, four private cottages and houses and an award winning pub, The Swan.
Website: www.thymeatsouthropmanor.co.uk Follow the team on Twitter: @ThymeAtSouthrop
7th September 2012 The Frome Cheese Show in Somerset
The Global Cheese Awards held at Frome Agricultural & Cheese Show has been well known for 150 years as the "Frome Cheese Show", one of the oldest cheese show's in Britain.
2011 saw the first Global Cheese Awards and was a phenomenal success; the classes had been expanded enabling international entries to be associated with a show worth being involved with. Entries grew by over 60% so you can see it's seriously the cheese place to be!
You can see the 167 classes in total that were introduced enabling both specialty and artisan cheeses to enter, as well as mass-produced cheese. Classes included Best European, Best West Country cheese, Best Overseas and Regional classes amongst others. These awards offer something for everyone!
What I am most excited about is that the cheeses get auctioned off .. but for those who just want to try new cheeses there are trade stands galore !
Adults £10 in advance .. £13 on the day OAP £8 in advance and £11 on the day family tickets Two adults and Three children - £20 in advance and £28 on the day. Children age 5 – 16 £2 in advance and £4 on the day – under 5 children are free
Ticket hotline 01749 813899 or buy on line from www.fromecheeseshow.co.uk
The Cake & Bake Show 22nd -23rd September 2012 at Earls Court, London
This show is the first event that is dedicated to the world of cakes and breads and taps into the UK’s growing passion for baking. I’ve been told that the show offers demos by some of the nation’s favourite bakers, plus tastings, workshops, a food market and equipment stands. It takes place at Earl’s Court in September and promises to be an amazing weekend! I think it will be amazing for all levels of home bakers can find inspiring recipes and tips; meet like-minded people; and connect with home baking experts.
The Cake Kitchen is in association with BakingMad.com will feature some of the biggest names in the baking world to include Eric Lanlard of Cake Boy, the Great British Bake Off judge and baking queen Mary Berry as well as winners Edd Kimber and Jo Wheatley; Mich Turner, Juliet Sear and chocolatier Paul a Young. Visitors will also be able to see the likes of GBBO’s Paul Hollywood, Richard Bertinet and Aidan Chapman in the demonstration Bread Kitchen
· www.thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk · Twitter: @cakeandbakeshow Facebook: www.facebook.com/cakeandbakeshow
· · Tickets: In advance - £12.50 adults, £10 concessions (OAPs and students), £5 children aged 5-12, free for under 5s. On the door - £15 adults, £12 concessions, £7 children, free under 5s; £18 weekend