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

The School of Artisan Food at Welbeck, Notts is the UK's only not-for-profit company that offers professional and leisure short courses. Courses cover butchery, bakery, dairy, preserve-making, cider-making and some brewing; an Advanced Diploma in bakery; a Lottery-funded Local Food awareness programme for schools and bespoke and corporate courses.

Amongst the many courses offered is a two day Wild Yeast and Sourdough on 5 – 6 October. The School is giving away signed copies of ‘How to Make Bread’ written by the celebrated bread maker and tutor Emmanuel Hadjiandreou to anybody booking this course. Tel: 01909 532171

Learn the art of authentic Moroccan cooking at the luxurious hotel El Fenn with head chef Hafid Aid Chiba.

Courses are offered on a private basis, so guests will have Hafid and his expertise all to themselves.  Start the day at the famous Mellah market in the old Jewish quarter to source spices select the best of the day’s fresh produce, including vegetables, fish and meat.  Returning to the kitchen, guests learn a whole range of new skills, whether it be blending spices or the ritual of making mint tea. There is also a patisserie chef on hand for those who also wish to learn about desserts.  

A double room at El Fenn, including early morning tea/coffee, breakfast, afternoon tea, ranges from €185 to €550 per night.  The four-hour cookery class costs €55 including lunch. Tel 00212 524 44 1210

The Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan (one of the Dorchester Collection of luxury hotels) is launching a four-day Truffle Tasting Package whereby guests can experience a two-hour truffle hunt in the neighbouring Piedmont region; home to the finest Italian truffles. Additionally, guests will also be invited to dine at the Osteria dell’Arco restaurant for a three course lunch and enjoy complimentary entrance into the Club 10 Fitness and Beauty Center.

The package is available from 1 October to 30 November. For prices and details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Spend a weekend in Lille this autumn and enjoy a cookery lesson / lunch for a mere €17 with the celebrated Atelier des Chefs school. The price includes a 30-minute preparation session and a demonstration with the chef in a professional kitchen; then eat your lunch and a complimentary pudding in the dining room next door. Numbers are limited to groups of six – eight; longer lessons are available for a more hands-on experience. There is also a wonderfully stocked shop.

The school, on 74 boulevard de la Liberté, is a stone’s throw from the excellent Beaux Arts Museum, next only to the Louvre at Paris for its fabulous collections. Visit;

Travel with P&O Ferries and stay at the centrally located Hotel Up which offers sleek doubles with Nespresso Machines & Occitane amenities from €99 per night including breakfast.

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.

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

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.

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