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Don’t miss the Monmouthshire Food Festival at Caldicot Castle, October 8th-9th

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Festivals, Food & Drink | 0 comments

MONMOUTHSHIRE’S BEST chefs will showcase the fabulous food and drink to be enjoyed in the county’s fine hotels and restaurants from October 8th-9th. Yes, the Monmouthshire Food Festival is back! Caldicot Castle will again play host to this great food festival, which is now an annual day out for food lovers on the English-Welsh borders. The Producers Market will offer artisan food and drink to try and buy. The food producers come from Monmouthshire and neighbouring counties and will be joined by other fine food producers from across Wales. Michelin star restaurant owner Shaun Hill, from the Walnut Tree near Abergavenny, will be demonstrating at the festival for the very first time. So too will ‘rising star’ chef Charles Rouse of the Chainbridge Inn near Usk. Show organisers say: “Expect to see something different when Charles takes to the stage in the Demonstration Theatre. His cooking style features molecular gastronomy forged when he worked for Heston Blumenthal.” The Monmouthshire Food Festival has a full programme of demonstrations, talks, tastings and lots of food and drink to try and buy. The Guide Dogs Cymru will be offering you the chance to get up close to a guide dog or puppy and find out more about the charity’s vital work. The Look and Learn Theatre offers an interesting programme of talks, demonstrations and tutored tastings....

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Taste buds to the ready – it’s Abergavenny Food Festival!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2016 in Festivals, Food & Drink | 0 comments

WITH ITS Night Market, Meat Market, World Food Market, Gin Palace, amazing stalls and Chef Masterclasses, it can only mean one thing – it’s Abergavenny Food Festival! Spread across different locations of this pretty Welsh town, the Abergavenny Food Festival has become a must in the annual foodies calendar. Jam-packed to the brim with food and drink to buy, tutored tastings, cookery schools, tours, forages and live entertainment, there’s not much you can’t find.  Check out fantastic street food, local meats, bread and bakery goods, cheeses, sauces, spices, preserves, craft beer, wine, artisan spirits and all the sweet stuff. Plus some of the biggest names in the culinary world will be giving demos and talks, and sharing ideas from their new cook books. Masterchef ‘The Professionals’ chef Monica Galetti, who is set to open her first restaurant called Mere in Charlotte Street, London, shares tips from her new book ‘Skills’. Or head to the Artisan Kitchen School to see Great British Bake-off star Richard Burr in action. Burr showed that even builders could bake, winning Star Baker a total of five times when he appeared on the BBC Show in 2014. Richard shares tips from his new book ‘BIY Bake – Bake it Yourself’. You’ll find so much more info on the Abergavenny Food Festival website....

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We’re Raven about Myrtle’s Kitchen preserves

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Food & Drink | 0 comments

THERE’S SOMETHING about the comforting taste of homemade chutney that brings a simple salad, pie or cheese and crackers alive with flavour, which is why we can’t resist a good preserve here at Taste The Marches. This summer we’ve stocked up on the best chutneys, jams, jellies and pickles we can find at local food festivals but one of our all-time favourite local brands is Myrtle’s Kitchen. We paid a visit to Myrtle Kitchen preserve maker Jane Raven in Bromyard to find out more about...

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