St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2018

by / Wednesday, 19 September 2018 / Published in Uncategorised

UK Food and Drink Festivals

Social occasions, family gatherings, celebrations and entertaining are often focused around planning a food menu or deliberating upon a choice of restaurants and their menus fit for your occasion.

This British love affair with food and drink has partly been fuelled by creative restaurateurs and entrepreneurial businesses embracing the world of the #foodie to bring exciting new ingredients, food styles and cooking methods to the table.

And what do the Great British public love nearly as much as food and drink? A festival.  So, combine the two and the result is an explosion of vibrant food festivals across the UK.

About the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2018 – Wednesday 26th Sep – Monday 8th Oct

The St Albans Food and Drink Festival was born in 1997, starting out as a Farmer’s Market and Gala Dinner.  It has evolved and grown ever since and is now an extravaganza of activities, events and feasting, culminating into The Awards.

With more pubs per square mile than anywhere else in the country and home to CAMRA, The Campaign for Real Ale, St Albans was a prime candidate for such an event.

Organised and delivered by St Albans City and District Council with huge support from Radio Verulam as part of an ongoing Community Partnership, the festival is set to be a fantastic event running for nearly 2 weeks from Wednesday 26th September to Monday 8th October.  It will offer residents and visitors to St Albans the perfect opportunity to discover local food and drink producers, and a chance to enjoy the city’s buzzing eating-out scene.

St Albans’ Councillor, Salih Gaygusuz, has spoken about the event describing it as a festival to celebrate “our wonderful local food and drink producers and the many restaurants, cafes, pubs we have in the district. There is something for everybody to enjoy at this year’s festival, which includes tastings, cooking demonstrations, food and drink matching events and the fabulous street food festival.”

Highlights of the festival include:

  • Friday 28 September – Italian ‘pop up’ food market – pizza, meats, oil, cheese, olives and other products will be on sale at stalls in St Albans city centre.
  • Sunday 30 September – St Albans Festival – stalls selling street food and locally-made produce will take over St Peter’s Street. There will also be live music, children’s activities, a Moroccan-themed bar and a Cookery Theatre where chefs will be giving demonstrations including our very own Phil Thompson.
  • Friday 5 October, 7pm – 10pm – George Street Gin and Jazz – described as a night of music, entertainment retail therapy and gin! Organised by St Albans Business Improvement District.
  • Monday 8 October – St Albans Food and Drink Awards – the winners of this annual competition will be unveiled at the awards ceremony at Sopwell House.

To see the full schedule of fun and festivities visit http://www.radioverulam.com/festival-whats-on/  it’s going to be a busy 2 weeks!

THOMPSON St Albans & the Food Festival

You will find our stall on Sunday 30th September, just in front of Tesco; our wares on the day will include a lobster and crayfish Scotch egg with spicy Marie Rose sauce, my famous and very popular giant beef dripping Yorkshire Pudding, filled with braised beef bourguignon and a vanilla egg custard tart with Earl Grey cream, a quintessentially English choice.  I will also be doing a food demonstration of Red Leg Partridge Pithivier with crispy leg, seasonal wild mushrooms and beetroot from, 12.15pm to 1pm on the Sunday, opposite the Metro Bank, right in the middle of the road – apparently!

About Phil Thompson

phil thompson at St albans food and drink festivalI am an Essex boy from Dagenham and began my career washing pots in my Uncle Mick’s kitchen! I spent the earlier half of my career working in London, the last 15 years living and working in Hertfordshire, which has become my new home. Since I first became a chef, it has been my dream to have my own restaurant and you could say it is in my blood. My mum, nan and Uncle Mick (who latterly worked for me in my kitchen at Brocket Hall) were all chefs, my dad was a butcher and my sister a chef.

I became a restaurateur for the very first time in early November 2013.  I could not be prouder of our team, holding 3 AA rosette status for THOMPSON St Albans and Hertfordshire.  We offer a relaxed fine dining environment, my menus, ever-changing with the seasons, providing wonderful flavour combinations, along with wines to match and subtle, carefully balanced cocktails, that can be enjoyed in our lounge bar.  Take a look at our midweek dining options to see what is in season and find out our latest deals.

The St Albans Food and Drink Festival is a wonderful celebration of food and I am delighted to be part of it.  See you there, be sure to come and say hello.

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