Estrella Damm, Spain’s leading premium beer brand today announced that a series of exclusive Estrella Damm Beer & Tapas Master Classes will be available to visitors at the ‘Taste of London’ food and drink festival, which is being held in Regent’s Park, London between 16th and 19th June.
During the festival, Tapas Revolution’s Omar Allibhoy, who was trained by El Bulli’s legendary head chef Feran Adrià, will create a feast for the senses with demonstrations of how to create innovative tapas such as ‘Roasted pepper and anchovy’, ‘Endives & Valdeon cheese foam’, ‘Morcilla de Burgos’ and ‘Mussels in escabeche’.
Food and drink lovers visiting the Estrella Damm stand at Taste of London will be able to sample these exclusive tapas – and as they have been created especially to compliment Estrella Damm beer, they may well be tempted to try the match themselves!
The brand’s appearance at the event coincides with the premiere of Estrella Damm’s new short film, ‘elBulli’ which was filmed in the legendary Spanish restaurant. It follows four young chefs in training at El Bulli during an idyllic summer. UK cinemagoers will have to wait until August to see the edited clip, but the full-length version is already available for on-line viewing.
With April being so gorgeous and sunny, we’ve had a taste of what we hope will be the summer to come and it’s no doubt getting everyone in the mood for plenty of outdoor events and summer festivals.
There’s something magical about a summer music festival… languishing under a blue sky with a cold beer, surrounded by happy people enjoying the vibes. But when it comes to eating, it can be an anti climax if you’re faced with nothing but a row of deep fried junk food when what you’d really like is something a bit more tantalising to munch in the sunshine.
Food loving festival goers are apparently in for a treat this year though, with the The Big Feastival which will take place on Clapham Common on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd July.
The Big Feastival is a sensational new three day event on the festival calendar combining mouth-watering food from some of the country’s top chefs with a top drawer selection of the finest live music acts around. The list of restaurants, chefs and food suppliers involved reads like a gourmet guidebook – Giorgio Locatelli, Benares, Redhook, Vinoteca, Cafe Spice Namaste, Canteen, Barbecoa and Giant Robot to name but a few.
Amongst the first wave of acts announced for Friday July 1st are the majestic Soul II Soul who have reunited with acclaimed vocalist Caron Wheeler and are currently recording material for a brand new album, new wave electro-pop sensations New Young Pony Club, national treasure Norman Jay, who will be on hand to curate The Good Times Bandstand and Shoom legend Danny Rampling. Saturday’s musical entertainment is headed up by The Charlatans, who will be wowing the crowds with a stream of classic hits. More amazing bands and DJs will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.
“The Big Feastival is something unique that we’ve wanted to try for a while. A really good festival for everyone with great music AND great food, all for charity,” said celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who is behind the event.
And as Charlatans Lead Singer Tim Burgess summed up – “You can’t really argue with Shakespeare and he said that music is the food of love, so there’s always been a link between the two. Festivals were often known for their dodgy burger vans and some gigs were a bit ‘chicken in a basket’, so it’s good to redress the balance and have great bands and fantastic food in the same place.”
Tickets for The Big Feastival start at £50, or you can opt for a £75 ticket, which covers the music, entertainment and food with 5 Feastival ‘scoffs’ included in the price. There are family tickets, VIP options and young person tickets and best of all, under 12’s get free entry.
From cheese to chocolate and asparagus to apples, it seems the nation has embraced the celebration of good food.
Thanks to the resurgent interest in local and British produce, there has never been a better time to get out and sample some of the fabulous food that is produced in the UK. Up and down the country, a wealth of food festivals are promoting everything from regionally produced foodstuffs, through to one off gourmet ingredients.
If you’d like to get a taste for some great British food, here’s a roundup of some food festivals around the country during the next couple of months.
The 2011 Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink
Taking place from 29th April – 1st May in the courtyard of Exeter Castle. All sorts of exciting stuff, including a chance to see top chefs such as Michael Caines of Abode restaurant. Adult tickets are £7 for a day or £15 for the weekend.
Real Street Food Festival
Taking place from 29th April – 2nd May in the Southbank Centre, London and brings together the new generation of exciting street food vendors.
The Dales Festival of Food and Drink
Taking place from 30th April – 2nd May in Leyburn, in the heart of Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. 2011 sees the festival celebrating its 10th birthday and it will feature over 80 food exhibitors, food farming demonstrations, a cookery theatre and a real ale section. Adult tickets are £8 for one day, or £12 for three days.
Real Food Festival
Taking place 5th – 8th May at Earls Court, London The Real Food Festival is a highlight of the food festival calendar, bringing together a wide range of food producers and chefs, it is the place to find out the all the latest developments in the world of food and drink. Adult tickets are £13.50 in advance or £20 on the door.
Bath Coffee Festival
Taking place 21st – 22nd May on Bath recreation ground. A celebration of all things coffee, with Barista demonstrations, music and more. Admission is free and 50% of any profits from the event will go to The Bath Rugby Community Foundation.
West Wales Food Festival
Taking place 14th – 15th May at the National Botanic Garden, Carmarthenshire, Wales, the festival will have everything from chef demonstrations to information on grow your own, beekeeping and wild food. Adult tickets are £8.50. Usual gardens admission prices apply.
Sheffield Food Festival
Taking place Sheffield city centre, South Yorkshire. There will be cooking demonstrations, a grow your own zone and markets for Italian and local farmers produce, plus loads of other scrumptious options. Open to all.
Taste of Edinburgh
Taking place 1st – 3rd July at The Meadows, Edinburgh. A weekend of fine dining to bring together the best of Scotland’s culinary greats. Adult tickets from £12 in advance.