Foodie travel news: October 2016

olive's travel editor, Rhiannon Batten, on the latest openings, eats and trends around the world including an immersive bee-themed tasting and art installation in London's Soho


It’s great to see Central Asia making an impression in the UK’s culinary bookstores. First came Sabrina Ghayour’s Persiana. Next were titles like Yasmin Kham’s The Saffron Tales and Samarkand by Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford (visit olivemagazine.com to read Ford’s lip-smacking journey around Uzbekistan). This month Naomi Duguid’s Taste of Persia (£25, Artisan) and Sally Butcher’s Persepolis (£25, Pavilion) are released. Stock up on plums and pomegranates and kick-start your autumn cooking.



This October, Relais & Châteaux is partnering with Bompass & Parr and Bermondsey Street Bees to run an immersive tasting and art installation in London’s Soho. Called The Joy of Bees, it will run between 6 & 8 October at 19 Greek Street. Visitors will be able to try eight rare honeys collected from Relais & Châteaux properties, explore a fragrant indoor garden, see a live honeybee hive, view honeycomb-inspired contemporary art and enjoy tastings led by a honey sommelier, plus hands-on chef cookery demos. billetto.co.uk


No 15 Great Pulteney opens this month in Bath. Set along one of the city’s grandest Georgian thoroughfares, there’ll be no restaurant in this, the latest hotel from the owners of Bath’s Abbey Hotel, but there will be an upmarket cocktail bar and private dining. Exceptional afternoon teas are part of the plan, too, with patisseries freshly made in-house. A short walk from many of the city’s best restaurants, the hotel is also perfectly placed for visiting gastronauts. no15greatpulteney.co.uk

Foodie happenings

For cookery demos, juicing workshops and over 200 stalls devoted to meat-and-dairy-free living, head to VegFest at London’s Olympia (22-23 Oct). Look out for Pana Chocolate and the Big Fat Vegan Bakery. vegfest.co.uk

At The Golden Spurtle, an annual porridge-making championship in the Cairngorms (8 Oct), expect bagpipes, whisky and myriad ways to cook oats. goldenspurtle.com

Book a seat at Harvest Feast in the Oxfordshire village of Kirtlington (1 Oct) and enjoy food cooked by Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman, of Orwells at Shiplake, in low-key, sociable surroundings. facebook.com/feastwithachef/

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