As Brits become ever-more artisan coffee-obsessed, get involved in the trend at the London Coffee Festival (and learn how to master latte art while you’re there). Based at Shoreditch’s Truman Brewery this is set to be densely packed with handcrafted coffee producers and expert baristas.
Start at the festival’s espresso martini party, on the Friday night, with a Bailey’s flat white martini before heading to one of the weekend workshops (these include learning about the art of cupping, and how to become a barista at home). Or, if you’ve ever wondered how to roast coffee beans, or want to know the history of coffee and cocktails, head to ‘The Lab’ for live demonstrations and tasting sessions.
A seaside food festival at its most unpretentious, Porthleven will showcase over 150 food producers and chefs from the local area with a series of demos and workshops. Many of the best-known local chefs (Josh Eagleton, Elly Owen and Donata Dondiego among them) will be participating, kicking off with a cook-off between Antony Worrall Thompson and local food hero Jude Kereama (of Porthleven’s own Kota Restaurant).
The weekend will also see the village harbour come alive with craft food and street food stalls. And local food and drink traders will be showcasing their produce, including wild game from the Cornish Vension Co., paella from Thyme and Tide and floral flat whites from Origin Coffee Roasters.
To celebrate the end of the winter months, Nancarrow Farm in Cornwall is putting on a spring feast for one weekend. The daytime fête-style event will be family friendly with market stalls, wild trails and demonstrations from crafters. Coombeshead Farm, Woodman’s Wild Ales and Black Flag Brewery will be selling their produce, while jars of preserves and meat will be on offer from the farm itself. Stay for the evening when a grazing feast will take place on both nights in the barn.
Paisley plays host to a weekend of street food, cookery demonstrations and live music this month, with the town’s food and drink festival running alongside Scotland’s largest real ale festival. Pitt Street Food Market (winner of the Scottish street food awards) will set up stall at the festival serving hungry festival-goers the likes of fish chowder from Barnacles and Bones, and crispy fried chicken burgers from The Buffalo Truck.
Head to the farmers’ market area and pick up some salted caramel brownies from Three Sisters Bake, or, if you want something to wash your food down with, there will be over 100 cask ales and beers from local breweries Kelburn and Jaw to try at the accompanying Real Ale Festival.
Shellfish lovers in London will be celebrating the humble oyster for a whole week in April, inviting visitors to celebrate hard-working oyster farmers and raise funds for native oyster projects at the inaugural London Oyster Week by eating their share of oyster pies, or freshly-shucked platters, at participating restaurants and stalls.
Wright Bros, Bentleys and Noble Rot are just a few of the restaurants which will be offering special deals and dishes over the seven days, or head to Northbank on the Tuesday night when specialist farmers from across the British Isles will be bringing their oysters to the restaurant for an all-you-can-eat experience.
The Regency surroundings of Cheltenham’s Pittville Pump Room provide a suitably elegant backdrop in which to increase your knowledge about different wine styles, organic wines, new grape varieties and niche producers.
These are all part of the programme of this year’s Cheltenham Wine Festival, a gathering of the region’s most discerning vinophiles that includes wine merchants, wine tutors and wine event companies.
Operating like a marathon tasting event, sip your way through anything from the Three Choirs English wines to blends from Austria, Portugal, Italy and beyond.