Slow Food Week is Good Food Week
The Slow Food movement has changed some in the twenty-two years since it was founded in Piemonte in Italy, a riposte to the ever-quickening pace of life and eating and the loss of traditional patterns of dining together. Now in the 21st century, the focus of the Slow Food Movement has shifted to sustainability and community connection but always and forever it cares about the pleasures of food. Now that is a truly eternal story.
This week is Slow Food Week, with celebrations all around the country where producers and restaurateurs stake their claim to the values of slow food. Like what, you say? Three course dinner at Brawn restaurant in London this Friday 24 June for £25 to include popular dishes like pork rillette, pigs trotters, bitter leaves and sauce gribiche, boudin noir and spring vegetables, dessert and a glass of natural wine.
The evening before, on 23 June, Thursday, at the terrific new deli shop in stylish Market Quarter in Elizabeth Street in Belgravia there will be a Slow Cheese and Slow Wine tasting from noon until 8 pm with Slow Food adherents on hand in the evening to talk about the movement.
For lots more goings-on, check out the Slow Food blog.
Be among the first 516 people to arrive at what is now the EDF Energy London Eye at 5.16 pm tomorrow, 21 June, and you’ll be handed a free Pimm’s to celebrate the summer solstice. There’s a Pimm’s stand at the foot of the Eye because it’s summer and it’s supposed to be warm and sunny and it’s the longest day of the year. Watch it fade slowly over the Thames.
While you’re there, you may want to book the 12.30pm Individual Pimm’s Experience on the Eye on each Sunday in July where you’ll receive more goodies on the house. The Pimm’s Experience capsule is decorated with Union Jacks and a picnic rug and not only will you get to tuck into typical British goodies, you get a second go-round on the Eye to give you time to take it all in.
Something fishy? More like everything fishy! It’s Pembrokeshire Fish Week, a seriously fishy festival that’s an award-winner and a terrific destination for food-lovers like you. The week casts off this Saturday at Milford Haven Marina, then spreads its net right across the county ending Sunday 3 July (Is it July already? Gosh.) Here are a few of the more than 200 events:
Quayside Lunch and Limerick Competition
Special Fish Week menu at The Grove Restaurant with Rooms in Narberth and dozens of other restaurants across Pembrokeshire
Mackerel Catch and Keep Fishing
Saundersfoot Seaside BBQ and sandcastle competition
Angling for the Disabled
Celebrity Chef Masterclass: Five Go Fishing with Mark Hix, Valentine Warner, Bryn Williams, Mitch Tonks and Anthony Evans on Wednesday 29 June at The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven.
If you want to learn to surf or fillet a fish or collect food from the wild or fish on fresh water or walk a riverbed or snorkel, it’s all happening at Pembrokeshire Fish Week. Or if you just want to dine well on special seasonal fishy dishes, well that’s here too.
Here Wormy, Wormy, Worm
Okay, not strictly a foodie event. In fact, not a food event at all, but we just love it, The World Worm Charming Championships are happening this Saturday, 25 June at Nantwich in Cheshire. The last winner charmed 511 worms out of a patch of ground in half an hour. Want to have a go? The rules are here in thirty languages, including Tibetan.
As it happens, toptable has a delightful restaurant, The Residence, rated a massive 8.3 in the top diner rated stakes, right there in Nantwich, which has a pair of super special offers on right now.
Soho School Feast
Also this weekend, 25 June, the Soho Parish School is holding the Soho Food Feast to raise funds for its healthy eating school dinner project, a commendable initiative that’s been going on since 2007. The committee includes Mark Hix (busy man!), Eddie Hart from Quo Vadis, Fergus Henderson of the St John Hotel Restaurant among many others. There will be cookery demonstrations and chances to win amazing restaurant meals and other prizes. This is a community event that’s made very special by virtue of the ‘community’ being Soho, one of the world’s great foodie neighbourhoods. Come along and support this terrific local cause and win yourself a prize.
Slow Food Week is Good Food Week