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Aug 30, 2014
Tina George

Two food festivals due to be held in Northamptonshire this weekend

Northamptonshire’s annual foodie festival begins at today at Holdenby, offering shows, stalls and plenty of fresh food to all visitors.

The Northamptonshire Food Show @ Holdenby House in Holdenby, near Northampton, will this year celebrate its eighth year, enticing visitors with take-away food and drink stalls, arts and crafts stalls and shows from celebrity food experts, as well as tours around Holdenby House and gardens.

From 10am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday, there will be opportunities to sample and buy a variety of locally produced goods, as well as attend talks and demonstrations by Warner Edwards, of Warner Edwards gin distilleries, and celebrity chef, Sophie Grigson.

Other entertainment will include falconry displays, garden tours, firing displays and living history shows from The Earl of Essex’s Regiment of Foote, recounting Holdenby’s history as the prison of King Charles I.

Admission prices are £7.50 (adult), £6.00 (concession), £3.50 (child) and £18.00 for family tickets of 2+2.

For more information and to buy tickets, contact Oakleigh Fairs on: 01206 263088 or email: gilly@holdenby.com.

Today (Saturday) will also see the return of the Towcester Sausage and Cider Festival to Towcester Racecourse, offering 44 ciders and an array of locally produced sausages.

The day’s menu features three ciders from Northamptonshire and three from Milton Keynes, as well as a selection of local real ales for non-cider-drinkers.

The sausages, which include creative vegetarian and internationally inspired options, are all handmade by Wellingborough-based Brown’s Gourmet Sausages.

Throughout the day, which runs from 12 noon-12 midnight, there will be a main stage featuring a line-up of bands and an acoustic stage will also be set up at the main bar.

Entry costs £5 for adults and is free for under 18s.

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Aug 29, 2014
Tina George

10 great food festivals in North Wales


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North Wales produces top quality food and produce – so why not celebrate and support locally sourced food at a food festival?

Here are the food festivals that are coming up in North Wales over the next few months.

Let us know if you love food festivals and are planning a trip to one that’s on our list by tweeting us @DoNorthWales or leaving a comment on our Facebook page.

1. Menai Seafood Festival

The Menai Seafood festival
The Menai Seafood festival

 

The free-three day event starts on August 29.

Taking place in Menai Bridge, the festival is to celebrate North Wales’s coastal heritage and abundance of seafood and fish available around the shores of Anglesey.

Launched last year, the second festival is thought to attract more than 10,000 visitors to the island.

There will be cooking demonstrations by Michelin-star chef Bryan Webb and Neil Davies – head chef at Dylan’s Seafood Restaurant.

There will also be a local produce market, art and crafts, music and activities.

The event is free to attend on Saturday and there is no need to book.

Tickets for the festival concert which is on Friday costs £12 for adults and £8 for children and concessions.

2. Conwy Honey Fair

The fair dates back more than 700 years during the reign of Kind Edward I where local beekeepers were given the right to sell honey within Conwy’s walls.

There will be honey stalls, plants and local produce available at the event which is on September 13.

It starts at 9am until 4pm and entrance is free.

Call 01492 650851 for more information.

3. Beaumaris Food Festival

The first annual Beaumaris food festival will be on September 13-14.

It will take place at major Beaumaris venues including Canolfan, David Hughes Centre, White Lion Square, Bulkeley Hotel, the Town Hall and in marquess.

There will be demonstrations by top local chefs, a variety of stalls and vans, local and national producers, educational demonstrations and more.

The event starts at 10.30am and there is a festival which finishes at midnight on Saturday at 8pm on Sunday.

Call 01248 811200 for more information.

4. Good Life Experience

Cerys Matthews has joined forces with the Gladstone family of Hawarden Estate to launch the Good Life Experience
Cerys Matthews has joined forces with the Gladstone family of Hawarden Estate to launch the Good Life Experience

 

Hawarden will host the festival which is to celebrate food, culture and the great outdoors.

It’s the first Good Life Experience at Hawarden Estate over the weekend of September 19-21.

Local food and produce will be showcased and Cerys Matthews is involved in launching the festival along with the Gladstone family.

It costs £45 per adult and £22.50 for children aged 7-16. 0-6 years go free.

For tickets call 01244 784122.

5. Mold Food Festival

Last year’s festival attracted more than 15,000 visitors and will take place on September 21-22.

Find chef demonstrations, interactive food and craft workshops, children’s entertainment, cooking bus, competitions and live music.

Admission is £5 for adults and £2 for children aged 3-12.

Opening hours are 10am-5pm and the festival postcode it CH7 1NY.

01352 741466

6. Anglesey Oyster Produce Festival

Foodies will get the chance to meet with local Welsh producers who are able to exhibit, promote and sell their goods.

It will be on for two days from October 11-12 at the Trearddur Bay Hotel in Anglesey.

More than 3,000 visitors are expected to turn up for the festival which is open between 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.

For more information call 01248 725700.

7. Hamper Llangollen

Hamper Llangollen was a big success last year
Hamper Llangollen was a big success last year

 

The Royal Pavillion, Llangollen will be hosting the event on October 18-19.

Try food and drink at the event’s local producers market, watch live cookery classes by top chefs and take part in workshops.

It costs £5 for adults and under 16s go free.

The event is on from 10am-5pm.

Contact enquiries@royal-pavilion.co.uk for more information.

8. Gwledd Conwy Feast

On October 25-26 a celebration of food, music and arts will be in Conwy.

A wide range of food stalls will be bringing ‘the best of Welsh’ food to the event as well as a breweries’ beer marquee.

There will also be a feast farmyard with the opportunity to speak to farmers about growing your own food and chefs demonstrating across the weekend.

A weekend ticket costs £12 for the weekend, £8 for the Saturday and £6 for Sunday.

Food halls are open from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. However, streetfood sellers on the Quay are open until around 9pm.

Email info@conwyfeast.co.uk for more information.

9. Traditional European Food and Craft Fair

Traditional European Food and Craft Fair
Traditional European Food and Craft Fair

 

Wrexham will see the fair come to the town for the first time from September 11-13.

Visitors will be able to get a taste of Europe with Spanish paella, German sausages and French crepes.

There will also be the opportunity to buy non-food items such as hand-made wooden crafts, clothes and more.

Find it at Queens Square for a taste of abroad.

Contact oliviersimonin@traditionalmarket.org for more information.

10. Portmeirion Food and Craft Festival

There will be more than 100 exhibitors, cookery and craft demonstrations at this year’s festival.

The event will be on 6-7 December from 10am-4.30pm and will cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.

All produce is 100% Welsh. For more information contact 01766 770000.

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Aug 29, 2014
Tina George

Flinging Yourself into Food Festivals: Italy in September

Wine, food, history and folklore, colors and music, landscapes and shows: this is why we dive into the heart of traditional feasts and street festivals in Italian villages. Everyday there’s a new event somewhere in Italy – which gives foreign travelers more reasons to visit throughout the year.

If you happen to be planning a flying visit in Italy in September, here are a few suggestions, some more and some less well-known. Let’s start with a general celebration: Benvenuta Vendemmia (Welcoming the Harvest), which is the autumnal version of Cantine Aperte (Open Wineries), the much-anticipated annual weekend when wineries in Italian wine regions open their doors to wine lovers from all over the world.

Each region, each area of wine production, also organizes something for Benvenuta Vendemmia. There isn’t one central calendar of events, so choose a place and then look at the wineries’ offerings: visits, tastings, musical concerts, fireworks shows or other events (try starting here http://www.movimentoturismovino.it/en/events/4/cantine-aperte-in-vendemmia).

castello S Salvatore Lizzy Aug 2014The current summer will be remembered as quite a fickle season, not very hot and with too many rainy days – which happens to be ideal for mushroom hunting! If you love mushrooms you must experience one of Italy’s special mushroom festivals. A good choice would be the 39th Annual Fiera del Fungo di Borgotaro IGP (Borgotaro Mushroom Exhibition, September 20-21 and 27-28), in a town close to Parma (the city renowned for its ham). During those four days the streets and the squares of central Borgotaro will smell strongly of grilling, and all the courses will be cooked with mushrooms. And, as usual in this kind of festival, events include local, popular music, wine and typical food tastings, and art exhibitions.

If you are coming to Italy mainly to enjoy its amazing cooking, on the 25th-28th September there is a festival for all the aficionados of main courses (really!) I Primi dItalia (Main Courses of Italy). Hosted in the center of Foligno, it’s the only event dedicated entirely to Italian pasta dishes, which are the true symbol of made-in-Italy, anywhere in the world. This can be a great opportunity to eat some of the country’s great pasta dishes, seasoned with dozens of Italian sauces; you can also see famous chefs at work, and learn how to cook the recipes yourself at their short cooking classes. And if you suffer from celiac disease, no worries: there is the Village Gluten Free, a space where it’s possible to taste special dishes and meet diet doctors. At this celebration of excellent food nobody is left out, not even the children: for them there is Primi dItalia Junior. And so it goes – on and on. This festival’s offerings are quite numerous and varied, and everything is delicious; there are courses with truffles, pasta allamatriciana, handmade gnocchi and many others. (But if you are on a diet, don’t go – just do something else.)

Moving along, we’ll go to the northeast region of Italy, the gorgeous Castle of Susegana (near Treviso, in Veneto). It’s situated in a 13th century village that rises on hills embroidered with vineyards, between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. On September 27th, (from 10 am to 8 pm) the event Veneto 300 x 100is scheduled. It’s a massive wine tasting organized by the regional association of sommeliers to showcase the best wine production of the Veneto: 100 wine producers will showcase 300 different labels, together with local foods including cheese, salami, fish from the Venetian lagoon, and special cakes.

Or maybe you prefer sweet wines? At the beginning of September there is a brand-new event dedicated only to this type of wine: Passitaly, on the isle of Pantelleria (Sicily). According to the organizers, it will be spread around the whole island. There, Italian and Mediterranean wine producers will showcase their (sweet) wines made from dried grapes, with tastings, meetings, a gala dinner, wine contests and cultural initiatives – not to mention samplings of other local delicacies like the famous capers of Pantelleria.

Barrels of Balsamic vinegar at Acetaia

Barrels of Balsamic vinegar at Acetaia Aperte

Let’s finish this short roundup with another interesting event: Acetaia Aperte on Sunday, 28th of September. Here the companies which open their doors are those that make the balsamic vinegar of Modena, an important traditional product protected by European law. Every year 90 million liters of it are produced, and 92% is exported abroad. If you are curious about the process of making balsamic vinegar, this is the best opportunity to experience it. During Acetaie Aperte visitors can meet the producers, attend demonstrations of cooking the must for the vinegar, walk in the vineyards, and of course taste the vinegar with finger foods.

Finally, a few suggestions about how best to enjoy these kinds of events. Note that most of them are organized with only Italian visitors in mind, so don’t be surprised if you don’t find much in English on the web or in print. The best thing you can do is to decide in advance on a place where you want to go and browse online. Once you have found a comfortable accommodation close enough to the event you are going to attend, simply go! Throw yourself into the event, enjoy the atmosphere, the foods and the wines like an Italian. Although you likely won’t understand everything people say, you’ll have a lot of fun.

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Aug 28, 2014
Tina George

Fall Fairs and Festivals Across New England

Head to Misquamicut Beach for big rides, live music, an international food court, a classic car show, magic shows, a petting zoo, and even fire jugglin. Shop more than 50 vendors. Musical acts will include The Savage Brothers (pictured), the Beach Band, Elliot Lewis of Hall and Oats, and the Weekend Wilburys (a tribute to Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Jeff Lynn).

Misquamicut Fallfest, Misquamicut State Beach, Westerly, RI. Sept. 12-14 from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $7. Kids under 4 are free. www.misquamicutfestival.org.
 
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Aug 28, 2014
Tina George

Bacon and kegs: Festivals on tap

Austin Powell, president of Today I Choose, the nonprofit that is putting on the bacon and craft beer event at Stramler Park, said he’s already fielded quite a few questions.

“People already have been confused. … We’re positive the event we’re going to put on is much different. What we’re hoping will be an even bigger draw than the bacon is the craft beer. We received an endorsement from the California Craft Brewers Association.”

Powell’s event will feature 20 beer vendors, split among options like Firestone Walker that have local distribution and others only available at their breweries, such as Bravery Brewing and Hamilton Family Brewing. Each will offer three distinct brews: a session beer (popular choice like 805), a seasonal beer and something special.

“We have one brewer that will make a bacon lager for our event,” said Powell, who noted that holding the festival in November will allow guests to keep cool and bacon on.

“We picked November because we didn’t want it to be hot. Mid-70s at the most.”

The cooler weather should allow guests to enjoy tastings from about 30 vendors, including NV Catering, J’s Place and Boss Pizza.

“People can eat as much as they want. Jake’s Tex Mex is doing their famous Texas sheet cake with bacon crumbles. Lengthwise is roasting a 150-pound pig. BJ’s will have a bacon mac and cheese. Old River Grill is doing its 50-50 burger, 50 percent beef, 50 percent bacon.”

Bakersfield Bacon Fest, downtown at JC’s Place, will also highlight the food with unlimited samples and a bacon-eating contest, according to event coordinator Michael Urioste.

“I’m focused on getting the best examples of bacon out there to sample.”

Urioste said he’s aiming for 20 vendors, including the Padre Hotel, Red Robin, Eureka! and La Rosa, which will offer bacon ice cream.

“We will also be voting for who has the best bacon dish, Urioste said. “VIP guests will be voting.”

Along with rocking the vote, VIP guests will be admitted an hour early (at 1 p.m.) and have access to the VIP lounge on the venue’s upper level with a private tasting station and full bar, including bacon-infused margaritas. Other perks include a swine swag bag with T-shirt and caddy to carry the souvenir cup for tastings of Shock Top, Newcastle, Tecate and other beers.

Music will be provided by Velorio, Therese and the Sweetness and Amity Flow.

Powell also touted his event’s VIP experience, which starts with parking in front and access to a private tent.

“It’s a special area they can hang out in. There will be full catering — an insane amount of food. (And) special one-off beers that won’t be available to general admission.”

Urioste and Powell each acknowledged that Bakersfield is a last-minute town but encourage people to buy their tickets in advance. The bacon and beer festival is offering a discounted $50 general admission ticket before raising prices after Oct. 5.

Both festivals are fundraisers for nonprofits. The Bakersfield Bacon Fest benefits the local Ronald McDonald House, helping sick children and their families. Bakersfield Bacon and Craft Beer Festival will divide proceeds among Today I Chose, which works with at-risk youth; Covenant Community Services, assisting foster and former foster children; and the Active 20-30 Club’s Christmas Experience.

“They basically buy Christmas for families — a tree, presents, gift cards for each member of the family,” Powell said.

It may seem like Bakersfield will experience bacon overload, but Powell said he’s not worried about these “dueling bacon” festivals.

“My take on events is it’s two ants fighting over an elephant,” Powell said. “There are more than enough people to attend our event and theirs.”

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Aug 28, 2014
Tina George

Bacon and kegs: Festivals on tap

Austin Powell, president of Today I Choose, the nonprofit that is putting on the bacon and craft beer event at Stramler Park, said he’s already fielded quite a few questions.

“People already have been confused. … We’re positive the event we’re going to put on is much different. What we’re hoping will be an even bigger draw than the bacon is the craft beer. We received an endorsement from the California Craft Brewers Association.”

Powell’s event will feature 20 beer vendors, split among options like Firestone Walker that have local distribution and others only available at their breweries, such as Bravery Brewing and Hamilton Family Brewing. Each will offer three distinct brews: a session beer (popular choice like 805), a seasonal beer and something special.

“We have one brewer that will make a bacon lager for our event,” said Powell, who noted that holding the festival in November will allow guests to keep cool and bacon on.

“We picked November because we didn’t want it to be hot. Mid-70s at the most.”

The cooler weather should allow guests to enjoy tastings from about 30 vendors, including NV Catering, J’s Place and Boss Pizza.

“People can eat as much as they want. Jake’s Tex Mex is doing their famous Texas sheet cake with bacon crumbles. Lengthwise is roasting a 150-pound pig. BJ’s will have a bacon mac and cheese. Old River Grill is doing its 50-50 burger, 50 percent beef, 50 percent bacon.”

Bakersfield Bacon Fest, downtown at JC’s Place, will also highlight the food with unlimited samples and a bacon-eating contest, according to event coordinator Michael Urioste.

“I’m focused on getting the best examples of bacon out there to sample.”

Urioste said he’s aiming for 20 vendors, including the Padre Hotel, Red Robin, Eureka! and La Rosa, which will offer bacon ice cream.

“We will also be voting for who has the best bacon dish, Urioste said. “VIP guests will be voting.”

Along with rocking the vote, VIP guests will be admitted an hour early (at 1 p.m.) and have access to the VIP lounge on the venue’s upper level with a private tasting station and full bar, including bacon-infused margaritas. Other perks include a swine swag bag with T-shirt and caddy to carry the souvenir cup for tastings of Shock Top, Newcastle, Tecate and other beers.

Music will be provided by Velorio, Therese and the Sweetness and Amity Flow.

Powell also touted his event’s VIP experience, which starts with parking in front and access to a private tent.

“It’s a special area they can hang out in. There will be full catering — an insane amount of food. (And) special one-off beers that won’t be available to general admission.”

Urioste and Powell each acknowledged that Bakersfield is a last-minute town but encourage people to buy their tickets in advance. The bacon and beer festival is offering a discounted $50 general admission ticket before raising prices after Oct. 5.

Both festivals are fundraisers for nonprofits. The Bakersfield Bacon Fest benefits the local Ronald McDonald House, helping sick children and their families. Bakersfield Bacon and Craft Beer Festival will divide proceeds among Today I Chose, which works with at-risk youth; Covenant Community Services, assisting foster and former foster children; and the Active 20-30 Club’s Christmas Experience.

“They basically buy Christmas for families — a tree, presents, gift cards for each member of the family,” Powell said.

It may seem like Bakersfield will experience bacon overload, but Powell said he’s not worried about these “dueling bacon” festivals.

“My take on events is it’s two ants fighting over an elephant,” Powell said. “There are more than enough people to attend our event and theirs.”

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Aug 25, 2014
Tina George

Chile festival in the running for top food festivals

HATCH, N.M. (KRQE) – The Hatch Chile Festival is in the running to be voted one of the best specialty food festivals in North America.

A writer with USA Today picked the festivals and chose the New Mexico festival as one of the 20.

Other festivals in the running include Hawaii’s Lanai Pineapple Festival and Florida’s Key Lime Festival.

Voters have until Sept. 1 to vote for the Hatch Chile Festival.

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Aug 24, 2014
Tina George

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To Anthony Anderson, a food festival combines the best of both worlds: a chance to explore a new place and to eat some incredible food. The guest judge on Iron Chef has just launched Eating America With Anthony Anderson, a Food Network series running Mondays through Sept. 15 (9 p.m. ET/PT) that has the actor exploring and tasting his way around food festivals. “It’s a natural for me,” he says. “I grew up watching Julia Child and The Galloping Gourmet.” He shares some favorites with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
Anderson had no trouble getting into the spirit of this festival in what may be the country’s top eating city. He sampled dishes from dozens of restaurants strutting their stuff in the convention center. Then he joined in with the city’s top cooks in an Iron Chef-style seafood contest. “They were using crawfish, shrimp and things out of their local waters. Hands-down, it was my favorite,” he says. It’s held every spring.nowfe.com

World Championship Steak Cook-off
Magnolia Blossom Festival, Magnolia, Ark.
It’s not easy to cook a good steak, Anderson says, so he enjoyed sampling (and learning from) the dozens of vendors at this event, held every May. “They let me in on their searing process, including a reverse sear: smoking the meat first, then searing. It was delicious.” 870-234-4352; blossomfestival.org

Huckleberry Festival
Trout Creek, Mont.
The humble huckleberry stars in this annual celebration in the Northern Rockies, where the fruit has long fueled bears and summer visitors. The small-town event, Aug. 8-10 this year, includes jam, jelly and dessert competitions, along with a guaranteed-to-be-messy pie-eating contest. Days start with huckleberry pancake breakfasts in the Fire Hall, along with a parade and a Huckleberry Hound dog agility competition. huckleberryfestival.com

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Not only was Anderson won over by the shrimp at the May event — “Any way you can think of it, you could have it: fried, grilled, broiled” — but he also enjoyed celebrating the area’s marauding heritage with a pirate battle. Still, the crustacean took center stage in kabobs with strawberries, shrimp gumbo, shrimp pie, low-country boil with shrimp, and many other dishes. “Shrimp had to be the star of the show, and it was.” shrimpfestival.com

Texas Crab Festival
Crystal Beach, Texas
This Mother’s Day weekend festival is timed for soft-shell crab season, and Anderson couldn’t have been happier. “They prepared it all kinds of ways. There was a crab-guacamole dish, and garlic, butter and crab rice with crab meatballs wrapped in bacon, and a crab pie.” And that’s not even mentioning the gumbo cook-off. texascrabfestival.org

Ribfest
Chicago
Like the city itself, there’s a no-nonsense vibe to this June festival, at which 50,000 pounds of pork are consumed in one weekend, Anderson says. “It was nothing but ribs, nothing but meat. No pirate games, no Ferris wheels, no bounce houses. It was just smokers lined down the street.” ribfest-chicago.com

Blue Ridge BBQ Festival
Tryon, N.C.
Anderson says he was skeptical when he rolled into tiny Tryon for its June festival. “We were in the backwoods, population just a couple thousand,” he recalls. Then he noticed the smoking pits. His biggest surprise: two gentlemen in camouflage gear, beards and bandannas, cooking duck confit with bacon. “I had to apologize to them. I learned you cannot judge a book by its cover.” blueridgebbqfestival.com

L.A. Taco Festival
Boyle Heights, Calif.
While there’s never a problem finding a taco in L.A., this annual fest, Aug. 16 this year, not only gathers some of the top purveyors in East Los Angeles, but it also supports a charity that finds housing for homeless young people. There’s musical entertainment, and though tacos start at just a few dollars, a $45 premium all-you-can-eat ticket includes VIP seating and tequila tasting. latacofestival.com

Long Grove Strawberry Festival
Long Grove, Ill.
Anderson wasn’t sure what to expect at this early-summer fruit fest. “Some people had made simple dishes, others had strawberry ravioli with delicious cream sauce, and I couldn’t believe what I was tasting,” he says. He particularly liked one dish with a surprise ingredient. “I had never had a steak sandwich as tender, and the best thing was the strawberry salsa.” visitlonggrove.com

Rockwood Ice Cream Festival
Wilmington, Del.
Ice cream lovers will find scores of flavors, vendors, dairies and restaurants at this down-home early-summer celebration. “You think ice cream is a simple thing, but you get there, and there’s nothing simple about it,” Anderson says. “There were some pretty decadent things, (such as) homemade caramel corn with bacon on top of a sundae.” rockwoodicecream.com

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