With spring well and truly on its way, April is a great month to start cooking with the new season’s ingredients. Jersey Royal potatoes (the best new potatoes), wonderful purple sprouting broccoli, spring onions, lamb and sea trout are just some of the produce that is at its delicious best at this time of year. To buy top ingredients, get recipe inspiration, try new flavours or simply watch the experts in action; check out some of these food festivals in the South East to really unleash the hidden Delia or Heston in you…
Real Street Food (Easter Weekend)
Pop down to the river front by the Southbank Centre for a taste of global street foods at this new market festival. Running from 29th March to 1st April you’ll have the chance to sample delights from every corner of the planet including trendy Korean bites, moreish European flavours, Southeast Asian dishes and more. If you’re visiting London for the weekend from out-of-town; this event will showcase for you a celebration of multi-cultural capital life.
Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival (Easter Weekend)
Kicking off over the Easter weekend (from 28th March through to 3rd April), this food and drink festival in Brighton is famous for its excellent produce. Twice a year, in April and September, Sussex showcases its best foods, drinks and hospitality, at a huge farmers market. There are also family fun events like the Children’s Food Festival, the Brighton Food Trail (a chance to taste bite-sized goodies from restaurants in the Lanes) and much more to take in. The even better news is that it’s free to attend and just a hop down on the train from London; a great day out for all the family.
Alchemy Festival, Flavours of India (12th to 21st April)
The Southbank Centre is fast becoming the venue for food and drink festivals in the capital. Continuing on from the Street Food festival is the Flavours of India festival. Now in its fourth year, this aromatic Asian treat is held at the Southbank Centre Square, which for the duration of the event is transformed into a bustling Indian street market. As well as beer and curry pairing, cooking demonstrations from top chefs and food stalls, there will also be handicrafts, arts and fashion on show.
East of England Food Festival (13th & 14th April)
A quick journey north from Kings Cross is where you’ll find Knebworth and the beautiful expanses of Knebworth House. This year the grounds will play host to the East of England Food Festival. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings while exploring the farmer’s market, tantalise your taste buds with food, beer and wine tastings, as well as checking out cookery demonstrations from the multi-awarding winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli (on Saturday 13th April only).
London Coffee Festival (25th to 28th April)
As the UK’s largest coffee festival, this London event was a huge success in 2012 and is set to be even bigger this year. Split into 8 ‘festival zones’ within the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, there is something for everyone to try including live music, a special roasting zone, coffee related foods, an equipment showcase and, of course; fantastic coffee – a must-do for caffeine connoisseurs!
Cheese & Wine Spring Festival (26th to 28th April)
Back in the Southbank Centre over the same weekend, the Cheese & Wine Spring festival is the perfect opportunity for buying artisan cheeses and produce from the UK’s best suppliers. And if you don’t know your Merlot from your Malbec, don’t worry; the Cheese & Wine Festival is there to help you with its ‘no mumbo jumbo’ attitude. They boast just a great line up of free events and passionate people celebrating one of the finest culinary fusions known to man.
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