Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Local tourism feature with Charles Baker from St Albans District Council

Charles chatted with Danny today as this month is a very special one for St Albans.  After seeing the St Albans Beer Festival entertaining record crowds we continue with the St Albans Food and Drink Festival until the 7th. Tonight from 8p.m. is 'Grow it, Cook it, Eat it' where the Grow Your Own Food group of Transition St Albans celebrate and share their harvest. They aim to show how to 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, apple pressing, advice on growing your own, and seeds and seedlings to take home. This takes place at THE FARMER'S BOY in London Road.

Some highlights of the coming days include tomorrow's 'Get to Know Your Mushrooms' event at CARLUCCIO'S in Christopher Place bringing the wonder of mushrooms to you. Join them for a glass of wine and a chat whilst one of our chefs cooks a variety of easy-to-please but impressive mushroom dishes for you to taste. Our food expert will host the event and encourage you to smell and touch a variety of mushrooms.  This is an opportunity to engage with food lovers and get passionate about mushrooms. Cost: £20.00

Thursday's activities include the History & Haunted tour at the WHITE HART HOTEL as well as the Food and Drink Festival Awards at ST. MICHAEL'S MANOR with a three course meal and a welcome drink. There will be a raffle in aid of the Mayors Charities. Sponsored by St Michael’s Manor, Mokoko, Flagship Wines, and Radio Verulam. Time: 7pm for 7.30pm Cost: £30.00 - and hosted by our very own Jonny Seabrook and Roma Bomile!

The Ale and Sausage Festival is also being held at THE JOLLY SAILOR at 3 Stonecross from the 4th-7th.

All culminates with the Festival Finale Market - for an opportunity to discover the diverse range of restaurants from around the district. including Darcy's and many more. There will be plenty of food and drink demonstrations to watch at the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre co-hosted by very own Danny Smith and station program controller Nick Hazell and many stalls with local food to try and to buy. So don’t have lunch in - eat out and experience som ething new! Also, there will be entertainment with music from “The Horn Presents…”, and the opportunity to sing along with the choir of St Peter’s Church as The Vicar Rev. Coleen Hurst blesses the Market on this Harvest festival Sunday. (Approx 10.45).  12.30 sees the serving of a Traditional Sunday lunch at St Alban's Cathedral's Abbot's Kitchen.  Of course don't forget the St. Albans Cake-off! from 3-4 judged again by Danny Smith and Matt Adams, editor of the Hert Advertiser.

More details can be found at
http://www.allaboutstalbans.com/food-and-drink-festival-12-events/3 and

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