Our Indian summer may have been fleeting but the rest of October’s looking bright thanks to the Celebration of Food festival taking place this month. With over 200 foodie events taking place across the South West during October, there’s pretty much something for everyone. I myself am liking the sound of a decadent Gourmet Champagne Dinner at Hotel Du Vin in Bristol whilst i’m sure the man wouldn’t mind attempting The Exmoor Real Ale and Cider Trail.
I went along to the launch party at Byzantium last night where a whole host of local producers gathered to share their wares, and not to sound too patriotic but it did make me feel rather proud of our homegrown produce. There was organic award winnning wine from Avonleigh Organics, prize-winning sparkling Ashridge cider, coffee from Ethical Addictions, to name but a few. With a butchery demo from Molesworths in Henleaze and a cookery masterclass from The Devilled Egg Kitchen Academy, I think a good evening was had by all.
I of course couldn’t leave empty-handed and managed to walk away with the smelliest and loveliest of cheeses, Langres. Ok so this is a French cheese but it is stocked by Brits, Trethowan’s Dairy. And I must add that if you haven’t yet tried some of their cheeses then get yourself down to St. Nicholas Market in Bristol and have some of their Stichelton, a blue-veined beauty that once you’ve tried I guarantee you’ll be hooked.
For more info and listings of all the events taking place during the festival see www.celebrationoffood.co.uk