The Week in Food

Food and Drink and Trains
St Pancras International is hosting a Food and Drink Festival from now through 1 October highlighting some of our new favourite London restaurants.  The St Pancras Grand is offering a special set lunch or dinner for £15 or £20 respectively and the lovely Gilbert Scott Restaurant, new restaurant of Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing, lures you in with six Kingdom of Mourne oysters and a glass of Nyetimber 2006 English sparkling wine for £21.
Beer Here
The Bricklayer’s Arms in Putney hosts the Derbyshire Beer Festival from 21 – 25 September featuring more than 100 Derbyshire ales.  If that sounds like your idea of heaven, there’s a £1 glass deposit as well as entertainment by Majestic Brass, the John Ongom Baig Band and the World Famous Hammersmith Morris Men who will then dance onto the bridge and over to home after their performance.  We hope.
If you’re thinking you shoud maybe get some food on board before embarking on the beer fest, here are restaurants nearby.
Real Food Real Harvest
The Real Food Harvest Festival lands on the Southbank this weekend 23 – 25 September to celebrate the very best of the fullness of the harvest season.  The festival is FREE and features a hit parade of chef demos, live music, a hundred small artisanal producers and food providers, a live Sheep Show, and a Kids Taste Experience.  Featured chefs include some toptable superstars: Vivek Singh (Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen), Helena Puolakka (Skylon),  Cyrus Todiwala (Café Spice Namaste), Simon Wadham (Rivington Grill Shoreditch, Rivington Grill Greenwich), Arthur Potts Dawson (Acorn House), Michael Brown (Daphne’s) and Cesar Garcia (Iberica Food & Culture) among many others.
Gordon’s New Gaff
A new restaurant from the Gordon Ramsay stable is always news, and this one is no different. The Bread Street Kitchen at One New Change near St Paul’s opens this Monday, 26 September, at 7am. Bread Street is a relaxed, informal spot open early and late with a raw bar, charcuterie, a wood-burning oven and an eclectic menu.  We fancy it for breakfast, ourselves, and will be beating down the door next week.
Great British Cheese
The Great British Cheese Festival lands in Cardiff next to the Castle this weekend with its usuall great flavours, super workshops, and British humour.  The two tasting tents are dubbed The House of Commons (for cheese lovers) and the House of Lords (for cheese fanatics).  In addition to tastings, explications, live music and beers, wines and ciders, there will be games!  Try the traditional (invented by them in 2001) World Cheese Tossing Championships — open to ‘all levels of incompetence’ — or get a team together for the Cheese Sittles with Lincolnshire Poacher.  We completely agree with the festival writer when he or she calls the skittles game, ‘An appalling but hilarious use for this exceptional cheese’.
If you still have room, we have bags of super restaurants in Cardiff.
… And More In Brief
The Letchworth Beer Festival kicks off today and runs through Sunday and is still seeking volunteers.   The popular and brilliant Alnwick Food Festival this weekend headlines Jean-Christophe Novelli, including a ‘Dine with Novelli’ experience.  As if by magic, the excellent Mold Food and Drink Festival this weekend also features Jean-Christophe Novelli, as well as a tempting Best of Welsh Bake-off open to all.  The 57th annual Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival Friday through Sunday has, among other fabulous events, fifteen countries entered in the Bollinger World Oyster Opening Championship on the 24th, the Olympics of oyster opening.  A free lunch may be in the offing in Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow: the Innocent drinks people have a Hungry Grassy Van (HGV) touring around with healthy nosh from their new cookery book through 23 September.  Whisky lovers alert!  The Pure Festival this weekend at The Garage in Islington features seven whisky tasting tots included in the ticket price of £28.50 — not bad for a lick of some of the best.  You’ll definitely want to schedule a stop at a nearby restaurant for this one.  Finally, the World Curry Festival at Victoria Gardens in Leeds this weekend promises an exciting and tongue-tingling weekend of chef demonstrations, curry sampling, shopping and coming together in a massive curry jamboree.  We have a host of restaurants to help you recover.