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The best food events in February 2016

Not into roses and hushed tables for two? Do this Valentines differently and whisk yourselves away to a food festival for a weekend of culinary indulgence instead. Here are the best events we’ll be cosying up at in February

CAMRA Winter Ales Festival

From 17-20 February Derby’s Roundhouse will host this ale lovers’ celebration, with the chance to try innovative and classic beers, ciders, stouts and meads from across the UK alongside food stalls and live bands. Four brewery bars will take the limelight – Derby’s own Dancing Duck and Falstaff breweries, Thornbridge from Bakewell and Tiny Rebel Brewing Co. from Newport (try their award-winning ‘cuddle’ Cwtch beer).

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VegFest UK

14 years since launching in Bristol, Vegfest is now a nationwide event with versions in Brighton, Bristol, London and Glasgow. On 27 and 28 February it descends on foodie Brighton, programming a range of cookery demos and nutrition talks alongside over 200 produce stalls (look out for Pana Chocolate, Ms Cupcake and Ippuku Tea) and a Food Village serving vegan food and drink.

brighton.vegfest.co.uk


Lavenham Farmer’s Market

Much more than just a farmer’s market, this monthly mini food festival keeps things super-local. When 35 of the best artisan producers in Suffolk descend on Lavenham Village Hall on 28 February they’ll be selling goods from within a 30-mile radius. This is the place, then, to stock up on veg, bread, cakes, pies, homemade jams, patés and chutneys, along with Suffolk cheeses, charcuterie and meats. Get a hearty start with a Farmers’ Breakfast at the on-site Farmers’ Café. suffolkmarketevents.co.uk


The festival of the Calçotada

Each February Catalonians celebrate the harvest of their precious calçot – a type of green onion somewhere between a spring onion and a leek. Across Catalonia people gather to celebrate and eat, and London has caught on to the excuse for a party. Exmouth Market’s tapas bar Morito is charcoaling calçots on the grill every Sunday night in February as part of its £30 dinners, along with pan con tomate, grilled lamb chops, almond tart and plenty of Cava. Ben Tish’s Ember Yard is also putting on a rotating weekend calçot menu with traditional Romesco sauce pairing.


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