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VisitEngland – edible map

British Food Fortnight commences on 21 September and to celebrate, VisitEngland, in conjunction with Cakehead Loves (the cake company behind the edible hotel in Soho), is creating a giant edible cake map of England at London’s St Pancras Station, to highlight the range of food festivals around the country.

There’ll be a series of individual food-shaped cakes in the food festival locations – for example an oyster inspired cake would appear in Kent to locate the Whitstable Oyster Festival, and sweet corn on the Isle of Wight. www.visitengland.com

The fifth Brazilian Film Festival (27 September – 1 October, Odeon Covent Garden) returns to London offering a presentation of Brazilian culture off and on screen. The Brazilian Film Festival is London’s premiere platform for contemporary Brazilian cinema in the UK.

For the first time, the Brazilian Film Festival will also feature Brazilian Taste, a ‘taste’ festival where the public will be able to experience Brazil inspired dishes at a selection of partnering restaurants across London.

For example, Cabana, official supporter of the 5th London Brazilian Film Festival, is offering a sharing board called Road to Rio – a selection of iconic Brazilian tapas plus a free classic caipirinha with the purchase of a skewer or any main dish for guests who present their ticket (pre-dinner) or their ticket stub from the Brazilian Film Festival from 27September to 3 October. (Note: Cabana is open until 23.00 and will be closed on the evening of 1 October). Cabana is located at 7 Central St Giles Piazza, St Giles High St, London WC2H 8AB Tel. 020 7632 9630.

Participating restaurants include: The Lockhart www.lockhartlondon.com, Quantus Restaurant  www.quantus-london.com; Ivy’s Mess Hall  www.facebook.com/IvysMessHall; Canela www.canelacafe.com; Praia at Sushinho  www.sushinho.com; Oui Madame http://oui-madame.joopp.com; McQueen www.mcqueen-shoreditch.co.uk/; Cabana www.cabana-brasil.com; A Little of what you fancy www.alittleofwhatyoufancy.info and Lima www.limalondon.com

Tickets available at Odeon Covent Garden. Price £11 / Concessions £8. Cinefoot Screenings £5.

www.odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s81/

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The iconic London hotel, The Dorchester is the setting for the opening scene of the new James Bond book written by internationally acclaimed best-selling author William Boyd, and the perfect place to read it, and enjoy a special breakfast, on publication day, Thursday 26 September. A book reading by William Boyd will be held on Saturday 28 September, when the author will also share his experiences of writing the book and sign copies for guests.

The breakfast, which Bond treats himself to on his 45th birthday in 1969, consists of “four eggs, scrambled with pepper sprinkled on top, half a dozen rashers of unsmoked bacon, well done, on the side and a long draught of strong black coffee”.   

From Thursday 26 September, guests quoting ‘Solo’ whilst making a breakfast reservation will receive a copy of the book or can choose to listen to the audio version on an iPod over breakfast. Restaurant guests also have the option of listening to hits from the 60s on an iPod, be given a copy of a national newspaper and the menu from 1969, and will be served their breakfast silver service in keeping with the 60s. Once a week, a table will be chosen at random to be charged the Grill Menu’s 1969 price, a sum just short of £2.

Martini master classes are also provided at The Bar at The Dorchester by expert alchemist bar manager Giuliano Morandin.

For ‘Breakfast with Bond’, available until 30 November 2013, book English Breakfast priced at £32 and quote ‘SOLO’ to receive a complimentary copy of the book. For tickets to the Saturday 28 September ‘Breakfast with Bond’ William Boyd reading priced at £69 per person, please quote ‘BOYD’. TheDorchester.com

West Sweden Tourist Board has launched a new dedicated culinary website. The region is renowned for the wealth and quality of its natural, organic produce and offers many foody experiences to visitors. This includes setting off on seafood safaris all year round, tasting the best of the region’s home-grown produce at its charming farm shops and Taste of West Sweden-accredited restaurants - a network of 36 gastronomic eateries that make the most of local produce - and sampling ‘fika’ in Gothenburg’s trendy organic cafés. www.westsweden.com

Spread out over a vast expanse of verdant forest, ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa is a Destination Spa designed for the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation experience. The first of its kind in Singapore, guests are invited to combine the spa experience with a luxurious lifestyle retreat, featuring wellness, fitness, cookery, spa and beauty programmes.

ESPA’s destination spa provides the opportunity to explore the depths of spa cuisine at Tangerine, the first celebrity chef-helmed spa café in Singapore. Pick up delicious and nutritious cookery skills from the resident nutritionist and celebrity chef Sam Leong. www.yoursingapore.com

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Martini lovers in Fischers Fritz, the two-Michelin-starred restaurant at Regent Berlin, can now see their Martini prepared à la carte at their table with the only Martini trolley on the European mainland. Whether as an aperitif or as a cocktail in the Regent Bar, the skilled team is on hand to share their expert advice and mix the perfect drink. Bitter or sweet, classic or modern, shaken or stirred: the selection of six cocktails is available in a number of variations. www.regenthotels.com/berlin

The Jordan Tourism Board has launched a new dedicated gastronomic microsite designed to showcase the country’s diverse culinary scene, as well as its warm Bedouin hospitality. Visit http://www.visitjordan.com/food/

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The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, the ethos of sustainability – buy and eat local, is a two week celebration of the best food and drink in Suffolk, with the main festival happening on Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 September, followed by 50 fringe events, and a conference on food safety chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Sheila Dillon.

There is a packed programme of hands-on workshops from bread or pasta making, to wine and chocolate tasting.

There will also be demonstrations from leading chefs Valentine Warner, Sarah Raven, Paul Foster (Tuddenham Mill, Young Chef of the Year, Observer Food Monthly 2012), and Daniel Clifford (Midsummer House, Cambridge, 2 Michelin Stars). Visit www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk

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