Looking for food festivals to visit in January? Here’s our round up of the best food festivals taking place this month, from Michelin starred chefs cooking at Northcote Hotel, to a wassail dinner in Somerset. Check out all of the events, here
Romy Gill at Carousel
With the New Year sees a new host of chefs taking up residence at Marylebone’s Carousel – a creative hub that hosts supper clubs and cooks from across the world. The West Country’s Romy Gill is kicking things off with an Indian-influenced menu that makes the most of local produce. Expect inventive dishes including spicy crab on sourdough with tamarind chutney as well as venison with green chilli, onion and spices.
Apple-growing regions will be wassailing this month, drinking mulled cider and warding off evil spirits to ensure a good harvest later in the year. One of the most elegant incarnations of this ancient rite takes place at The Ethicurean, outside Bristol, on 11 and 12 January, when the restaurant holds its annual Wassail Suppers. Expect good food, mulled cider and apple juice, and storytelling in the gardens (wrap up warm!).
Cheese-, wine- and saucisson-lovers of the UK will be uniting at this annual celebration of all things French. Taking place at London’s Olympia this month, stalls and presentations will cover a vast range of subjects, from French holidays to buying a home in France.
For us it’s all about the food, though, with tutored wine and Champagne masterclasses from Neil Phillips (aka The Wine Tipster), cookery demonstrations hosted by chef Guy Wolley, and, new for this year, L’Atelier du Fromage, an area to taste some of France’s best cheeses.
This year’s Obsession festival sees a galaxy of 19 chefs with 16 Michelin stars between them join Lisa Goodwin-Allen at Lancashire’s Northcote Hotel to show their skill. Across 17 days, the chefs will be cooking up a feast. Book now for dinners cooked by James Lowe of Shoreditch’s Lyle’s, Majorca’s Marc Fosh, Denmark’s Matt Orlando and Italy’s Norbert Niederkofler.