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St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2012

We are forever indebted to Oliver Twist and his band of hungry pals for the phrase, nay, the entire song ‘Food glorious food.’ It’s celebratory (…kinda, if you ignore the fact that they are starving workhouse kids), it’s foodie hyperbole and it perfectly captures how I feel about the upcoming week.

Not only will it bring to light some little gems that perhaps you overlooked, but some of your favourite haunts will be spoiling you with tempting offers and discounts, so if you’ve been meaning to go out for supper, then this is most certainly the week to indulge.

So, what’s cooking this week? These are my Top 5 things to do.

  1. Saturday 29th September (TODAY!)  is the final day of the legendry CAMRA Beer Festival. The Alban Arena plays host to the ultimate pub. Around 350 different British real ales will be on offer for your tasting pleasure.
  2. 1st October at 7pm, is Gourmet Night at the Poggenpohl Showroom, top chefs from Darcys and Lussmans will be cooking up a storm. All proceeds from this night go to the Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care.
  3. 1st October, Mokoko’s are having a Cocktail Masterclass. This is a regular event for them, but take this week to release the 80’s Tom Cruise within you.
  4. 1-5th October, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks are having cheese and wine tasting until Friday 5th October, from 3pm-6pm.
  5. 1-5th October, there’s cake tasting at the Abbot’s Kitchen, every day this week you can pop in and sample some of their delicious homemade cakes.

Consult your brochure for more info, or for full listings of all the events, ticket prices and timings, look online.

Food and Drink Awards 2012: Best Local Restaurant 2012 nominees, Darcys, Foragers @ The Verulam Arms, The Lake at St Michael’s Manor, L’Italiana, Lussmans and Veer Dhara

Get involved with the festival by simply enjoying your city’s Food and Drink scene this week. So many restaurants are offering amazing discounts not to be missed. It’s like TopTable heaven and on your doorstep. These offers include 2 for 1 deals, free bottles of wine with your meals and up to 50% off the whole menu at some venues. How can you resist. Check out all the offers on the link below.

Winners of the Food and Drink Awards 2012 will also be announced this week, the only accolade in the culinary world more coveted than the Michelin Star. There has been some serious canvasing this year, with businesses going all out to retain their title or pip their opponents at the post. This last week has seen the voting go blind, but with only one day left to vote, make sure you have voted for your favourite.

Streets were chocker at last years, St Albans Food and Drink Festival Finale

The Festival concludes on Saturday 7th October in the heart of St Albans. I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Jenny Swatton from St Albans District Council, the logistical mastermind behind the whole festival.She proudly told me that this is the biggest Food Festival in St Albans to date, with around 45 stalls descending on our Market place at next week’s Festival finale. These stalls will be cooking and/or selling you their treats and if that is not enough to keep you busy, there will also be live food demonstrations going on at the AGA Rangemaster Cookery theatre, outside Jack Wills.

Literally, our city centre will transform itself into a street party.  Table and chairs will fill the street and live music at the Clock Tower will be the perfect cherry on top.

In a Roman city it’s no surprise that we take to the Epicurean lifestyle like a duck to Verulamium Lake. There are so many wonderful things to do this week. Be a tourist in your own city and try something new or explore something with fresh eyes.

Put your diet on hold, dig out your stretchy pants and have yourself a great time.

Bon Appetite.

One comment on “St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2012

  1. abbaphotography
    September 29, 2012

    How fun is this. Food and drink. and people enjoying life. I love to photograph food and people.

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