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The Original Marmalade Awards & Festival
Date 2nd-3rd March 2013
Location Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, Lake District
I bet Paddington Bear can’t wait for this one. Homemade and artisan marmalades as far as the eye can see, and a variety of events including a food fair, marmalade and bread making workshops, marmalade tasting and wine tasting, and a cricketing tournament called ‘Marmalashes’ – which counts Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall amongst its previous competitors. Refreshments to enjoy within the lovely mansion grounds are set to include plenty of delicious hot treats and marmalade mulled wine – how good does this sound!? Visitors can also look forward to Peruvian music, and lectures on subjects such as how to grow citrus fruit, and how to live with Paddington (!)
Date 8th-15th March 2013
Location Guildhall, Cambridge
Run by food lovers, for food lovers, Eat Cambridge is a brand new food festival hitting central Cambridge next month. The main event is the food and drink market on Saturday 9th March, showcasing the best of what Cambridgeshire suppliers have to offer. This main event will be taking place at the Guildhall, but do check the website to find out more about the secret supper clubs, street food, pop-up restaurants, debates, wine tasting, tours, lessons and demos. There may even be dancing fruit and vegetables, if the rumours are true…
The Love Food Spring Festival
Date 23rd-24th March 2013
Location Brunel’s Old Station, Bristol
Brunel’s Old Station is the perfect setting for the Love Food Spring Festival, returning to Bristol this year with a plethora of activities and stalls (over 60 in the Love Food market) aimed at adults and children alike. Meanwhile in the demo theatre, you’ll find Tim Maddens (you might know him from River Cottage); founder of Honeybuns, Emma Goss-Custard; Barbora Stiess (of the Devilled Egg Kitchen Academy); Sam Moody (Bath Priory) and Josh Eggleton (The Pony and Trap). What’s more, there’s plenty of sumptuous street food to dive into, a kids’ area, cookery lessons, face painting and dressing up – in previous years the festival has even organised nature walks and bushcraft activities! Local forest schools, agricultural colleges and city farms are set to attend, so it’s an all-round educational experience for youngsters.
The Chocolate Festival
Date 22nd-24th March 2013
Location Southbank Centre Square, London
Just in time for Easter, The Chocolate Festival hits the streets of London town, armed with artisan delights galore, and tastings and talks on the health benefits of chocolate and incorporating chocolate into your everyday cooking. The stalls are set to feature award-winning chocolatiers such as Damian Allsop and Co-Couture, as well as all the cutting edge chocolate companies. Just think – cake, crepes, churros, hot chocolates and chocolate fountains – what more could you wish for?
Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival
Date 30th March-1st April 2013
Location Chester Racecourse, Chester
The 12th annual Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival will feature over 120 exhibitors this year, as well as lots of chef demonstrations, competitions, cool cooking workshops for kids and of course, the Restaurant Garden – which will feature about 15 eateries from the Chester and Cheshire area, showcasing their finest creations. Campers are again welcome, along with their tents and caravans – oh, and you mustn’t miss the traditional cheese-rolling event! The Academy of Culinary Arts is the festival’s charity of choice this year; it’s a very relevant project prioritising teaching children about food and taste, as well as the provenance of ingredients and the processes in food production.