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St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2011 - Events List

Here's a full list to events to look forward to at this year's Food and Drink Festival. Please be aware that some require advance booking!  If you'd like to keep in touch with any new developments, join the Facebook page and the Food and Drink Festival mailing list. You can also vote for the finalists in the coveted Food and Drink Awards from 15 September.


When

Where

What

15 Sep      

Old Town Hall (by invitation only)

Launch of the Food and Drink Festival 2011: The anouncement of the shortlist for the Food and Drink Festival Awards, and details of what's on offer this year. This event is sponsored by last year's 'Best Restaurant' winners; Lussmanns who are providing canapes and wine. Please note that attendance at this event is by invitation only.

28 Sep to 2 Oct

Alban Arena

St Albans Beer & Cider Festival: Organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), this popular annual event has up to 350 ales, 50 ciders & perries, foreign beers and live music. Advance tickets available for all sessions except Saturday - see website for more details, opening times and prices (maximum admission £4).

28 Sep to 2 Oct

Courtyard Cafe & Secret Garden Cafe

Open Studios: “The Courtyard Artists” on display in The Courtyard Café and a taster exhibition of selected works from Open Studios participants at the Secret Garden Cafe.

28 Sep

The Boot Inn

Cheese Evening: Free cheese board every Wednesday at The Boot. Please bring a favourite cheese, we supply the rest! Time: 6pm to 9pm Cost: Free

Wed 28 Sep

Cafe at the Abbey

Fine Food from the Abbot’s Table: Enjoy a traditional, themed meal made with the finest locally produced and seasonal ingredients.  This special menu includes Pilgrim Pie, tender British beef cooked in Abbots Ale, and Orchard Cobbler made with juicy plums and Bramley apples. 1 Course (main) £7.50, 2 Courses £10, 3 Courses £12 including a free glass of wine. Time: 12pm to 2:30pm. See www.stalbanscathedral.org

Wed 28 Sep

The Peahen

Live Jazz and BBQ: Live jazz from The Grahame Pike Jazz Trio, starting at 8pm, plus a BBQ in the garden (weather permitting). Time: 8pm to 11pm.

Thu 29 Sep

Mokoko

Rare and Prestige Whisky Tasting: In partnership with Whyte & Mackay, Mokoko invites you to take part in a Rare and Prestige whisky master class in the surrounding of their beautiful garden. Scott Lyth, Whyte & Mackay’s Brand Ambassador will take you through the history of Whisky and then undertake a sampling  of The Dalmore and Jura whisky range which includes some of the oldest and rarest whiskies to be found in Scotland. The night will then be concluded with a whisky and cigar pairing. Time: 7:30pm. Tickets: £20.

Fri 30 Sep


St Albans School

Flagship Wines Autumn Wine Fair: Whether you are knowledgeable or new to wine or just want to find out a little more about wine, this will be a great chance to try many wines from our range from Champagne and worldwide table wines to dessert wines, sherry and port. At the event there will be around 100 wines available to taste, plus wine accessories and gift ideas with representatives of the winery available to talk to you. There will be many special offers available on the night with an order form tucked into the back of your wine tasting booklet. Also there will be tapas, local breads and cheeses to enjoy, so why not come and bring your friends for a fun evening? Time: 7pm to 10pm Tickets: £10 per head. Tickets must be bought in advance from Flagship Wines or the Tourist Information Centre.

30 Sep to 2 Oct

Butterfly World

Honey and Nectar Festival – Family Event: Honey and other produce available, plus talks on food and honey, bee and butterfly friendly gardens. Time: 10am to 5pm
Tickets: £5 including entry to Butterfly World. Under 3s go free.

Fri 30 Sep

Waterend Barn

Macmillan Coffee Morning with Heaven is a Cupcake: Come along and have a nice cuppa and some cake. There will be some lovely stalls and a raffle, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Research. Time: 10am to 12.30pm

Fri 30 Sep & Sat 1 Oct

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks


Open Mic Night: Musicians, comics and poets all welcome. Time: 8pm on Fri 30 Sep, Last BBQ of the summer: Time: 8pm on Sat 1 Oct.

Sat 1 Oct

The Robin Hood

Live Music: Live music from Juke Rhythm and Blues. Time: 9pm to 11pm.

Sun 2 Oct

The Boot Inn

Music Night: Music from Bob Dylan tribute band The Zimmermen from 6pm. Beer festival on tap. 2009 - 2011 Real Ale Award winners. Time: From 6pm

Sun 2 Oct

Museum of St Albans

Tudor Treats – Family Event: In Tudor times, the rich would round off a feast with a banquet in which you would eat sweetmeats such as sculptures of animals or castles made out of marzipan and sugar. Come along and help us make some sweetmeats and  design your own decorated Tudor plate to take away with you. Time: 2pm to 4:30pm. Tickets: £1

Mon 3 Oct

Poggenpohl Showroom

Gourmet Night (in aid of Grove House): Come to the stunning Poggenpohl showroom and watch chefs from two of the district's Good Food Guide listed restaurants, Darcys and Lussmanns, cook a mouth-watering three course meal. Drinks from Flagship Wines and canapes will be served and there will be a raffle. The proceeds from the event and raffle are going to Grove House, so do come along and support. Time: 7pm for 7:30pm start. Tickets: £15 available from Grove House, the Tourist Information Centre or online here.

3 to 8 Oct

The White Hart Tap

Sausage and Ale Festival: A range of locally made sausages with beers to match.
Time: 6pm to 8:30pm.

Tues 4 Oct

St Michael's Manor

An Evening of Gastronomy: Charity dinner in support of The Cure Parkinsons Trust and St Albans Music Trust. Enjoy champagne and canapés, followed by a magnificent 5 course tasting menu with complementary wines. Time: 7pm to 11pm. Tickets: £95 per head.

Tues 4 Oct

Cafe at the Abbey

Fine Food from the Abbot’s Table: Enjoy a traditional, themed meal made with the finest locally produced and seasonal ingredients.  This special menu includes Pilgrim Pie, tender British beef cooked in Abbots Ale, and Orchard Cobbler made with juicy plums and Bramley apples. 1 Course (main) £7.50, 2 Courses £10, 3 Courses £12 including a free glass of wine. Time: 12pm to 2:30pm. www.stalbanscathedral.org

Tues 4 Oct

The Farmers Boy

Grow it, Cook it, Eat it: Green Drinks Harvest: The Grow Your Own Food group of Transition St Albans celebrate and share their harvest at The Farmer’s Boy. We aim to show how we can address some of the challenges of Climate Change and Peak Oil in our own gardens. There is a small demonstration garden, a tour of the Verulam Brewery, advice on growing you own, and seeds and seedlings to take home. All welcome. Time: 8pm to 11pm.

Tues 4 Oct

Zizzi

Pick a Price Evening: All customers booking a table on Tuesday 4th October are able to take advantage of our Pick a Price evening. This is where on payment customers get to choose an envelope after their meal containing discounts ranging from free starter/desserts up to 100% off the total food bill. Time: 6pm to 11pm.

Wed 5 Oct


Mokoko


Afternoon Tea: Soon to be regular feature at Mokoko, we are proud to invite you to our first Afternoon Tea. A British Tea with finger sandwiches and warm scones served with clotted cream and jam, a selection of teas including Assam, Breakfast, Darjeeling, Earl Grey as well as herbal. We are also teaming up with 2010 Local Gem, Heaven is a Cupcake who will create a selection of mini cupcakes based round our cocktail menu to give our tea party a twist. Support you local independents and join us for an exciting afternoon. Cream tea - £8.50,  Afternoon Tea £11.50 and Champagne Tea £17.50. Booking advised. Time: 3pm to 5pm.

Wed 5 Oct

The Boot Inn


Cheese Evening: Free cheese board every Wednesday at The Boot. Please bring a favourite cheese, we supply the rest! Time: 6pm to 9pm Cost: Free

Wed 5 Oct

The Peahen

Live Jazz and BBQ: Live jazz from Gabrielle Ducomble, starting at 8pm, plus a BBQ in the garden (weather permitting). Time: 8pm to 11pm Web: www.peahen.co.uk

Wed 5 Oct

The Black Lion Inn

Cocktail Shaking Evening: Take centre stage at your dinner party by learning how to make the perfect cocktail. The bartenders at The Black Lion Inn will teach you the difference between a muddler and a Mojito! You will be shown how to make 4 of our most popular cocktails and of course be able to sample them all. The evening includes canapes, cocktails, tuition and recipe cards to take away. Booking essential. Time: 7pm for 7:30 start Tickets: £15 per head.

5 to 23 Oct

Waterend Barn

Wetherspoons Mini Local Ale Festival: Featuring 50 different real ales and ciders from the UK, USA and Europe. Time: 9am to midnight.

Thu 6 Oct

St Michael's Manor

Festival Celebration and Food and Drink Awards: Everybody is welcome to attend this highlight event and find out who’s going to win this year’s awards. The event includes a welcome drink, delicious three course buffet, and a raffle in aid of the Mayor’s Charities. Sponsored by Flagship Wines, Mokoko and St Michael’s Manor. Time: 7pm for 7:30pm. Dress Code: Elegant Autumn Attire. Tickets: £25. Tickets available from the Tourist Information Centre or online here.

Thu 6 Oct

La Cuisine Imaginaire, 12 Priory Walk St Albans AL1 2JA

Great Vegetarian Dishes from around the World! Come and attend a ‘Watch &  Taste’ Vegetarian Cookery Demonstration by BBC Author Roselyne Masselin, in her own home. Roselyne will use seasonal and highly flavoursome  ingredients to demonstrate great international dishes in front of your eyes, which you will taste. A fully entertaining evening. Bring a friend! People attending this demonstration will have the chance to book a place on one of the Courses with 10% off the published price. Time: 7:45pm to 9:45pm (approx) Cost: £20.00. Pre-book online.

Thu 6 Oct

Buckos

Hot Dog Eating Competition – Final: The two finalists of our summer long competition go head to head to find our first annual Champion - who can eat the most hot dogs in 20 minutes? Time: 3pm.

Thu 6 Oct

County Constitutional Club

Introduction to Wine Tasting: With Hertfordshire Wine School. For anyone who likes wine and would like to know more. We will try at least six wines, learn to taste like a professional and find out how wine is made. No previous experience is necessary. Book online. Time: 7pm to 9pm Tickets: £22.50.

Thu 6 Oct

Tudors at the White Hart

Haunted Dinner & Tours: 3 Course Meal and Ghost Tour. Free coffee & glass of wine with advert. Please book in advance. Time: Contact Venue. Price: £24.95 per person.

Thu 6 Oct

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

Quiz Night: If you are in need of a little mental stimulation, come along! Booking is advisable. Time: 8pm.

7 to 9 Oct

Market Place and St Peter's Street

Italian Market: Professional traders passionate about Italian food and cuisine. Enjoy panifico, pastas, olives and olive oil, coffee and ice cream.

Sat 8 Oct

St Peter's Church

Apple Day Fair – Family Event: The Fair will include a BBQ, a drinks stall/tent, an apple juicing and sales stall; and a Friends of St Peter's stall. There will also be Church Tower tours, music, a liturgical opening or closing ceremony, cakes and apple pie stall and other activities, to raise funds for St Peter's Church. Time: 11:30am to 3:30pm.

Sat 8 Oct

Hare & Hounds

Bottled Beer Bonanza: Come and try our wide range of bottled lagers, ales, ciders and perries from around the globe. Prices start from £2. Free snacks provided. Time: 12pm to 11pm.

Sat 8 Oct

The Robin Hood

Live Music: Live music from Free Electric Band. Time: 9pm to 11pm.

Sat 8 Oct

Inn on the Park

Monster Cake Meltdown – Family Event: Join St Albans Children’s Book Group and award winning children’s illustrator Bruce Ingman to hear and see what happens when Ronny Rock decides to make the ultimate MONSTER CAKE, then be adventurous and decorate your own cake to take away. Books will also be available to buy and have signed. The event is most suitable for ages 5 upwards. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Time: 2 sessions: 10am to 11am and 11:30am to 12:30pm. Places are limited so booking is advised. Tickets: £2 per child

Sat 8 Oct

Tudors at the White Hart

Children’s Ghost Parties: Ghost tour of the hotel and stories of the ghosts over the last 500 years. A trip through the wardrobe and the secret door to see Stanley Skeleton. You will have a drink and a photograph with Stanley. The wicked witch or the white witch may make an appearance. Party games. Time: 4 to 5.30pm. Price: £12.50 per child - Max 20. Recommended age 5 to 11 years.

un 9 Oct

Market Place and St Peter's Street

Farmers' Market: Get fresh and fruity at the St Albans Farmers' Market on the 2nd Sunday each month, from 8am - 2pm. Expect to find local specialities, mouth watering cheeses, seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs, top quality meat and game, dairy produce, freshly baked cakes & bread and hand crafted goods. Plus entertainment and refreshments. Time: 8am to 4pm (approx).

Sun 9 Oct

Market Place and St Peter's Street

Festival Finale: Come along to the Finale Market for an opportunity to discover the diverse range of restaurants from around the district. Combined with the Farmers market, there will be plenty of food and drink demonstrations to watch on our Cookery Stage, and many stalls with local food to try and to buy. So don’t have lunch in – eat out and experience something new! Also, there will be entertainment with music from “The Horn Presents…” by the Clock Tower, and the opportunity to sing along with the choir of St Peter’s Church as The Vicar blesses the Market on this Harvest festival Sunday. (Approx 10.45am). Time: 10am to 4pm approx.

Sun 9 Oct

The Boot Inn

Music Night: Music from Bob Country at 6pm. Beer festival on tap - 2009-2011 Real Ale Award winners. Time: From 6pm

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