Food festivals in April

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The Staff Canteen

Editor 4th April 2014
So it’s that time of year again where we unashamedly eat large volumes of chocolate and because it's in the shapes of eggs we don’t feel guilty about it right? It is after all spring and a time for feeling good, so how about we ride on this feeling of freshness and celebrate all things food (and drink) with a host of festivals happening up and down the country throughout April.  

First up is the London Coffee Festival Coffee 2

When: 3rd – 6th April Where: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London   With an estimated 70 million cups drunk on a daily basis in the UK it’s no wonder that there is a festival dedicated to the energy-boosting stuff.     Hosted in the ever-trendy East London the festival will feature over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, workshops, street food and coffee-based cocktails; all with live music, exhibitions and much more to keep you entertained. The festival is also the official launch event of the UK Coffee Week.      

The Chocolate Festival

Bristol 5th-6th April Brunel's Old Station   London 11th-13th April Business Design Centre, Islington   Oxford 18th-19th April Oxford Town Hall   What better festival to coincide with the Easter month than a chocolate festival? All three locations include a chocolate market, live music, ‘a journey of discovery with world renowned chocolate expert Martin Christy, a hunt for the best brownie and a cocoa spa. This choc-fest was nominated and shortlisted as the Best Event at London Lifestyle Awards last year and celebrates all things chocolate. The London festival this year also has a truffle making workshop with The Paul.A.young Chocolate Academy.  

Great Missenden Food Festival

When: great missenden 18th-21st April Where: Buryfileds, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire This Easter weekend festival has even more to offer this year with new famous faces on board, more competitions, demonstrations and activities, New additions include:     Cathryn Dresser (from series 3 of The Great British Bake Off) who will be offering hints and tips with her own baking demonstration. Mark Lloyd (ex head chef of River Cottage) who will join the festival on the Friday and Saturday and as a wild food expert and author I’m sure will have more than a few pearls of wisdom to impart.      

Exeter Festival of South West food and drink

ExeterFoodFest group image     When: 25th-27th April Where: Exeter Castle     exeter_food_fest_195 Called the ‘Ultimate foodie event’ this three day event certainly has enough on offer this year to live up to its name. Taking place in the courtyard of Exeter castle, now in its 11th year, the festival also includes two evening festival after dark events featuring live music and chef demos. Expect to witness well-known chefs, including Michael Caines, Sam Moody, and Russell Brown, demonstrating their skills as well as workshops, food stalls, activities and cook-offs. As well as: two large food pavilions and outdoor catering stalls featuring over 100 individual producers selling an array of food and drink, the Food is Fun Teepees with demonstrations and hands on activities, the Festival Gardens bar, the Little Cookies at the Festival, Fermoys Grow Your Own and far more which you can see here.   Other festivals appearing in April include: British Asparagus Festival, 23rd April – 21st June World Street Food Festival, 18th-21st Birmingham Spring Market, Start 12th April

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The Staff Canteen

Editor 4th April 2014

Food festivals in April