Looking for food festivals to visit in March? Here’s our round-up of the best food festivals taking place this month, from a celebration of pasties in Cornwall, to natural wine events in London. Check out all of the events, here
World Pasty Championships
Join a celebration of all things Cornish at the Eden Project, where amateur and professional bakers are invited to submit their best attempt at the region’s iconic pasty.
There are two categories up for grabs: the classic Cornish pasty – made with beef, onion, potato and swede – and an ‘open savoury’ category where pasties can have more creative fillings (such as bacon, brie and chutney, or beef, pork, mozzarella and parmesan). If you don’t want to enter yourself, go along for the eating instead, filling up on the delicious (and no doubt beautifully crimped) bakes before sitting back to enjoy some live music.
2 March, edenproject.com
Here’s where to eat and drink in Cornwall while you’re there…
Mardi Gras at Bayou Bar
Celebrate Mardi Gras in true NOLA fashion at this lively London dive bar. Tucked into Tooting Broadway Market, Bayou Bar is dedicated to Louisiana grub (spicy po’ boys, gumbo and beef debris gravy fries), classic New Orleans cocktails and good times.
On Sunday 3 March and Tuesday 5 March, the Bayou Bar team will be toasting Mardi Gras with a classic crawfish boil along with their punchy sazeracs, refreshing daiquiris and iconic hurricane cocktails. There’ll be live music and there’s even talk of a conga line boogying its way through the market.
3 March, 5 March, facebook.com/bayoubarlondon
Diego Muñoz at The London EDITION
Peruvian chef Diego Muñoz is embarking on his European tour this month, starting in London before heading off to Moscow and Istanbul. Kicking things off at The London EDITION, he’ll create a unique menu in collaboration with Jason Atherton. The dishes are yet to be announced, but expect a mixture of Peruvian and Middle Eastern dishes.
4 March, editionhotels.com/london
Spring Bowhouse Food Weekends
Following on from the success of last year’s food weekends, Bowhouse market, just outside Anstruther in Fife, is opening its doors for three weekends this spring. The market promotes and supports local food and drink businesses so expect producer stalls packed with the region’s finest fish, meat, veg and bread (Wild Heart Bakery, East Coast Cured and Langoustine the Box among them).
There’s a dedicated street food market too, so dig into mushroom and grilled camembert sandwiches from The Cheesy Toast Shack or Lebanese meatball wraps with minted yogurt from the Middle East Street Feast.
9 – 10 March, balcaskie.co.uk
RAW WINE Fair
In London, RAW WINE sets up stall for one weekend in March. A celebration of natural wines, more than 150 artisan growers from across the world will be available to chat to – and taste with – all in one place. It’s not all about grapes, either; alongside the wine there’ll be sake and cider on offer, too.
10 – 11 March, rawwine.com
Eat Jersey Food Festival
Jersey has long been known for its rich dairy produce, fine beef and, of course its potatoes, and for one weekend it’s celebrating the island’s finest produce. The Atlantic Hotel will host two events, the first of which sees chef Will Holland create a five-course feast with the help of Adam Reid (of Manchester’s The French), Chris Underwood (head pastry chef of Frog by Adam Handling) and Richard Davies (executive chef of Tetbury’s Calcot Manor). Expect hasselback Jersey Royals with crème fraiche and caviar as well as brawn beignet with burnt apple puree.
The Saturday will see a pop-up restaurant taking place in partnership with London’s Social Eating House. Guests can choose between four-, six- and eight-course menus, with the likes of raw Jersey scallop, vanilla butter-poached Jersey lobster and Jersey goat’s cheese mousse all featuring.
22 – 23 March, theatlantichotel.com
Betty’s 100th Birthday Celebrations
Celebrating 100 years of this Yorkshire institution, Betty’s is playing host to six events throughout the year, from learning to make fondant fancies to finding out about the history of the tearoom chain. Elizabeth Barnes and Mardi Jacobs will be kicking things off this month with a talk, sharing stories about Betty’s from the past century. During a three-course meal, the pair will talk about the cafés’ history using artefacts rarely shown. Visit the website to book tickets to this and other events throughout the year.
27 March, bettys.co.uk
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