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The acclaimed Abergavenny Food Festival takes place 21 and 22 September featuring 200 exhibitors spread between five venues as well as producers, performers, artisans, cooks, writers and entertainers. There are some 50 special individually ticketed events to choose from.

Events include: Masterclasses – demonstration, tips and Q&A with top-flight chefs and cookery writers; Tutored Tastings – tune-up your appreciation of good food and drink including tasters specially selected or prepared by expert presenters; Food Talks – join writers, critics and campaigners in a wide-ranging conversation that's all about food and drink, it includes Q&A session and some tasting and demonstration elements; and Walks and Forays – guided walks to learn about the wild harvest of field and hedgerow.

GROW! COOK! EAT!  5 and 6 October. This new weekend event will expand on the annual West Dean Apple Affair to celebrate the autumn harvest and home-grown foods including those found in West Dean’s orchards and walled garden, and further afield on our farms.  The weekend will be packed with cooking demos, food and gardening workshops and competitions to show how to get the best from locally grown and sourced food and drink. There will be plenty of home-cooked food to sample plus stalls selling tasty ingredients to take home.  www.westdean.org.uk/events

See our recent A Postcard From... article about West Dean.

Michelin recognised chef Clive Dixon, and other top local chefs, will be demonstrating their culinary skills at this year’s free entry Marlow Food Festival, which is taking place at Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel, Marlow Bridge on Sunday, 29 September between 11am and 4pm.  The festival will also feature a huge variety of stalls offering tasty delights for visitors to try and buy as well as gifts and fashion accessories to take home.  Visit www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk/CompleatAngler

The fifth Broadstairs Food Festival takes place 4  –6 October. The main action is a free entry three-day Food Fair when the promenade and Victoria Gardens become home to over 100 food and drink stalls. There are artisan beers and ciders, Kent cheeses, organic and sourdough breads, stacks of preserves and chutneys and a host of hot food stalls.There is also a special programme for children.

Andy McLeish from the Michelin starred Chapter One restaurant, Locksbottom, will be headlining in the Kitchen Theatre, other local chefs include TV chef Dev Biswal of Margate’s Ambrette Restaurant and students of East Kent College.

The Festival includes a number of fringe events in the days prior to the Food Fair. Back by popular demand on 1 October is the Gala Supper at East Kent College where the students plan, prepare and serve seven courses of fine dining. www.broadstairsfoodfestival.org.uk

Plymouth Seafood Festival takes place 20 – 22 September. This three-day celebration highlights the city’s enduring relationship with the sea and its traditional fishing industry, as well as its growing reputation as a food lover’s haven. Showcasing the fantastic quality of seafood available in Plymouth, both local and celebrity chefs will demonstrate creating a range of mouth-watering dishes from the catch of the day. www.visitplymouth.co.uk/oceancityfestival

North West Food Lovers Festival takes place18 – 20 October at EventCity, Urmston.

The festival will feature all the best chefs from across the North West and UK, as well as showing some of the very best produce available. Over 150 local, regional and UK food and drink producers will share their passion with you at this amazing foodie spectacular. There will be cooking classes for kids, wine seminars and of course chefs cooking up some spectacular dishes. nwfoodloversfestival.co.uk

Mary Berry, Britain’s favourite baker, is to top the bill at this year’s Malvern Autumn Show at the Three Counties Showground in Worcestershire on 28 September, as a special guest in the event’s popular Good Life Pavilion. The show takes place 28 and 29 September.

Although she will be sharing her top tips for delicious family cooking, she will also be talking about her passion for her own lovely garden.

The Good Life Pavilion will be home to five skilfully designed edible gardens. There’s also a brand new, complementary Plant Fair, for those with a real passion for unusual species grown by small specialist nurseries. The area is dedicated to promoting the secrets of living a happy, healthy life, beginning with the benefits of sowing, growing and eating produce from your own ‘back yard’ – even if that back yard is just a small collection of patio pots.

The show is also renowned for its celebration of country life, food and nostalgia on account of its mix of flowers, fruit and vegetables, crafts, local food with taste and quality shopping. www.threecounties.co.uk/malvernautumn

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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will celebrate harvest time with Taste of Autumn, a festival aimed at foodys, families and grow-your-own enthusiasts across all four RHS Gardens. The festival will take place over the weekend of 12-13 October at RHS Gardens Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in North Devon and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire; and 16-20 October at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.

The gardens will host stalls selling the best of local artisan produce from cheese and jam to heritage apples and wild mushrooms, as well as fruit and vegetables grown on site. Tastings, cookery demos, talks and book signings will also take place. Games and activities for children, and live music will create a festival atmosphere. For those keen to grow as well as eat RHS gardening experts and the advisory team will be on hand with tips and information. Visit www.rhs.org.uk

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The World Food Festival takes place in Rotterdam 18 September to 27 October. The festival will showcase the multi-cultural cuisine of the Dutch city and will bring together urban farmers, chefs, producers and scientists to present the culinary delights and wonders of Rotterdam. With over 170 cultures present in the port city it is a veritable melting pot of culinary diversity.

With large and small events, markets, tastings, workshops, interactive exhibitions, recommended city routes and harbour excursions, the World Food Festival will give visitors a chance to discover the various facets of the food production and distribution chain. The programme will explore culinary trends and the latest developments in the food industry, focusing in on world food issues, the impact of food on health and local initiatives striving to achieve sustainable food production. With a tempting menu of events and activities, the World Food Festival programme will do more than excite taste buds – it also aims to give food for thought!

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The Future Food House in Museumpark will be the heart of the World Food Festival and will offer a glimpse of the future of food, culinary trends and developments; and is also where 20 Dutch and international top chefs will be demonstrating, and presenting international flavours and the best of Rotterdam cuisine.

The new festival Rotterdamse Kost, (Rotterdam Cuisine) from 3 – 5 October is a tribute to Rotterdam snack bar classics. Including the best meatball in town - the mini Kapsalon (fries and shawarma on a bed of salad, with garlic sauce and a melted cheese topping) plus, lots of other finger-licking fast-food favourites.

There will also be the opportunity to get behind the scenes of the most extraordinary companies in Rotterdam’s food sector. There will also be a varied programme of mini food events – markets, tastings, workshops and exhibitions and pop- up restaurants. Throughout Rotterdam shops, restaurants, cafés and hotels will all be joining in with their own unique, exclusive World Food Festival speciality offerings. www.holland.com

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