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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....Read More
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 her chutneys and jams. Jane trained in Home Economics at college where she fell in love with preserving as a hobby. “I found it fascinating that through a chemical process you can take something that will shortly perish and preserve it for up to 18 months,” says Jane. And this was the beginning of Myrtle’s Kitchen – Myrtle being the family’s adorable black labrador. After perfecting her first product, Mango Chutney, Jane found that people were asking more and more for it. In 2015 she launched Myrtle’s Kitchen and shortly after this won silver at the Ludlow Food Festival for her Mango Chutney. Jane’s motto is simple: “Small company, big on flavour”. Her fiery and deliciously tasty Worcester Warrior chutney was the next addition and gained Myrtle’s Kitchen hundreds of rugby fans because they found there was a delicious chutney with the...Read More
IF BUYING LOCAL is important to you then food doesn’t get more local than at Monmouthshire Food Festival, which takes place from Saturday 4th June to Sunday 5th June at Caldicot Castle. Head to the Producers Market where you can buy a beer that’s been brewed just 1.5 miles away. You’ll also find bread baked just a a few miles away in the village of Redwick, as well as a range of local farmhouse cheddars, craft ciders, charcuteries and 46 different varieties of...Read More