Festivals & Events

Back for its sixth successive year, RumFest is the world's largest festival dedicated to the celebration of rum and rum culture. This year's event takes place at London's ExCeL Exhibition Centre 13 – 14 October and features rare and delicious rums from across the globe with a carnival atmosphere thanks to live music and exotic rhythms and rum-infused delicacies. There will also be food and seminars from across the Caribbean in the Tropical Food Market and the opportunity to delve further into the fascinating history of rum. www.rumfest.co.uk

London

The Danish Bar at designjunction will be celebrating the best of Denmark's design and gastronomy between 19 - 23 September. The Danish Bar which features furniture and lighting from Carl Hansen will be serving food and drinks from small Danish producers chosen by Danish winemaker Anders Selmer who was part of the team that launched Copenhagen's renowned Noma restaurant.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the likes of beer from the award-winning Mikkeller bar, Danish wine from Lilleø, and sodas from microbrewer Peder Zacho Hansen's Ebeltoft farm. designjunction will also see the world premiere of Peder Zacho Hansen's colonial G&T and the first taste of his other sodas in the UK. Manning the bar will be the producers themselves, giving visitors an authentically Danish gastronomic experience.

Danish Bar, The Sorting Office, New Oxford Street, WC1A 1BA | www.thedesignjunction.co.uk

The London Restaurant Festival, now in its fourth year takes place 1 – 15 October. Along with old favourites are several new events such as:

Graze – a restaurant hopping concept that allows diners to enjoy a small plate and complimentary drink at a number of restaurants on the same street;

Street ThEATre taking place in the Old Vic Tunnels and will take people on a historical journey through the evolution of street food across the ages. There will be actors and performers taking part as well as poetry readings and stage music, the event will have a real theatrical feel transporting people back to a forgotten time when street food was very different. The free event will illustrate the change and diversity of food across decades and centuries. It takes place on 6 October;

Kitchen Influentials pairing some of the best known 'master' chefs and their protégés including Pierre Koffman / Eric Chavot; Michel Roux / Toby Stewart; Peter Gordon / Anna Hansen. For one day these amazing chefs will come together to cook an exclusive meal for American Express card holders.

www.londonrestaurantfestival.com

Canterbury, Kent

The Canterbury Food and Drink Festival 2012 which takes place 28 - 30 September celebrates some of the finest producers and purveyors of food, drink and craft in the South East. As well as a huge array of tastes and smells, this year's festival features entertainment for all the family including the ever popular 'Little Lounge' area which offers activities to keep even the youngest visitors entertained.

New to the festival this year is the Green Hop Beer Tent which launches Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight 2012. More than 20 of the county's breweries are making their own versions of the ale which features fresh hops used within 12 hours of being picked.

Hampshire

The International Southampton Boat Show takes place 14 – 23 September. Joining the show on the weekends of 15-16 September and 22-23 September is Hampshire Fare bringing a taste of the region's finest produce. On site will be a farmers' market style area where Hampshire's local producers will be selling their wares and handing out tasters along with cookery demonstrations from Hampshire Fare chefs. www.hampshirefare.co.uk

Melton Mowbray, East Midlands

The East Midlands Food and Drink Festival hosted by the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership takes place on 6 and 7 October 2012 in the Exhibition Halls at Melton Mowbray Cattle Market. This year's show introduces the Cocktail Bar featuring 'Flair Mixologists'. There will also be the Family Food and Fun Zone offering the opportunity to make bread with Linda Hewett from the School of Bread Making along with a full schedule of live demonstrations in the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Demonstration Theatre featuring a number of chefs familiar from TV shows. www.eastmidlandsfoodfestival.co.uk

Truro, Cornwall, UK

Cornwall Food & Drink Festival takes place at Lemon Quay, Truro 28 - 30 September. Taking part are more than 60 exhibitors, live chef demos and culinary challenges in the Chefs' Theatre. And just in case it's wet The Food & Drink Pavilion is under cover!

One of the Foody Traveller's favourite chefs from Cornwall, Nigel Tabb of Tabbs Restaurant, Truro will be sharing some of his secrets on cooking game.

www.tabbs.co.uk | www.cornwallfoodanddrink.com

UK

Across the Royal Horticultural Society gardens the festivities, supported by Mr Fothergill's, will include pumpkin carving, apple tasting, cooking demonstrations and colourful displays of local produce. Combine the visit with a walk around the gardens to see the beautiful autumn colours and ask the on-hand RHS experts any burning grow-your-own queries.

RHS Garden Wisley - 17 – 21 October

Events planned include: tastings of some of the 20 different varieties of apples on display from the garden's orchard; watch cookery demonstrations with Chef Peter Osborne; and food and drink stalls selling everything from chocolates and breads to sausages and sauces. There will also be grow-your-own advice, fruit identification and family fun at the weekend. Mr Fothergill's will be offering a free gift bag to children taking part in the weekend cookery demo.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr - 20-21 October

Watch professional chef Lionel Strub perform cookery demonstrations in the outdoor wood-burning oven and fire pit, using freshly picked seasonal items from the garden. Get gardening advice and information from RHS experts and other local producers. Discover the range of interesting displays from local crafters, wood turners and willow weavers. The Northern Fruit Group and The Mid-Yorkshire Fungus Group will show their annual displays and will be on hand to identify any unusual specimens.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall - 20-21 October

Feast on the colourful displays of fruit, vegetables and local produce such as fudge, jams, pies and chutney. See traditional country crafts including woodcarving.Children can enjoy a mini farm and take part in longest apple-peeling challenge, apple-tasting and craft activities.

RHS Garden Rosemoor - 20-21 October

Get ready for Halloween by carving pumpkin lanterns, have a go at the pumpkin shy and follow the Pumpkin Trail around the garden. Learn how to cook delicious autumn pumpkin dishes. Watch woodcraft demonstrations.

Alba, Piedmont, Italy

White Truffle Fair, Alba - 6 October -18 November. This will be the 82nd edition of this popular fair dedicated to the Alba White Truffle. The varied programme includes numerous food related events plus wine tastings of Barbera and Barbaresco wines and culminates with the world famous Truffle market for the best and biggest truffle. www.fieradeltartufo.org

Holland

Whilst it has nothing to do with food we thought Foody Travellers ought to know about a rare Van Eyck exhibition at the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam taking place from 13 October 2012 until 10 February 2013. More than 80 masterpieces from important Dutch, Flemish, French and German artists from the 15th century will be on show.

Extremely valuable and fragile paintings, sculptures and drawings by Europe's most important artists of the period, including Jan van Eyck, Jean Maelwael and the Master of Saint Veronica, are coming to Rotterdam from collections in the United States and Europe. Because of the fragility of the works, this is the first (and probably the last time) that an exhibition of this scale on this subject will be held. 'The Road to Van Eyck' reveals who inspired Jan van Eyck to create the revolutionary, realistic style he is famous for.

Bakers all over the UK are being called on to put their skills to the test and take part in the Fairtrade Foundation's Big Fair Bake 24 September – 4 October.

The campaign is being supported by top chefs including food writer and Fairtrade Foundation patron Allegra McEvedy, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Mary Berry, the Baker Boys Tom & Henry Herbert, The One Show's Anita Rani, Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace, children's food guru Annabel Karmel, Thomasina Miers, Jean Christophe Novelli, Sophie Grigson and Levi Roots. All of them have given recipes inspired by Fairtrade farmers and workers. www.fairtrade.org.uk/bigfairbake

The aim of the Big Fair Bake is to inspire the nation to bake for others. By using Fairtrade ingredients not only will you be baking for loved ones but also baking for whole farming communities in developing countries who produce some of our favourite baking ingredients such as sugar, cocoa, vanilla, cardamom, raisins, brazil nuts, almonds and many more. Fairtrade offers farmers a minimum price to ensure a sustainable livelihood, plus an additional Fairtrade premium for investment in community projects such as education, clean water, healthcare and housing.

Each entry will also count as a step towards the Fairtrade Foundation's year-long campaign to collect 1.5 million Fairtrade steps. That's one for every farmer and worker that Fairtrade aims to work with in developing countries. www.fairtrade.org.uk/step

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