PIZZA AND PROSECCO FESTIVAL

Pizza & Prosecco…a match made in heaven; so what could be better then bringing the two together for a festival based around the ultimate food and drink duo. Oh yes, a Pizza & Prosecco Festival is coming to the capital on Saturday November 25, at Building 6 at The O2. With two sittings – Brunch from 2.00pm to 6.30pm & Evening from 7.30pm to 01.00am, the pizza line-up includes the acclaimed Catch Doughboys, Ffwrnes and The Original Goodfillas, to name a few…who’ll be serving up slices all day long; alongside a choice of 20 varieties of prosecco and The Tiny Tipple Van knocking up prosecco cocktails. A sing-a-long to pop classics and live music all day, finish up the line-up. So get a pizza the action and find out more details here.

 

A DESSERTS-ONLY FOOD MARKET IS COMING TO LONDON

In need of a sugar rush? Then all roads lead to ‘sweet treat central’ as Just Desserts returns to Mercers Walk, Covent Garden; for their last pop-up of the year on Thursday 14th September. At this sweet-inspired street food market, you can expect everything from cupcakes and chocolate, to doughnuts and pastries. The inaugural pop-up took place last month bringing together some of London’s best sweet street food traders from Nonna’s Gelato, Simply Pavlova, to Cat Food Cakes (not for cats, but food by Cat). This month see’s an equally impressive line-up and you’ll be able to fill your face with everything from cupcakes and cake, to candy floss. This is a FREE event and for more news on this months trader line-up and menus, follow Just Desserts on Twitter or Instagram.

 

 

 

 

VEGAN STREET FOOD FESTIVAL COMING TO KING'S CROSS

Friday 18th – Saturday 19th August, will be your opportunity to live life on the (V)EDGE, pun intended, as a vegan street food festival is coming to Kings Cross. Livin’ On The Veg will see eight street food traders set up shop in King’s Cross to conjure up two days straight, of vegan indulgence for everyone to enjoy, with one trader being crowned the tastiest of them all. Visitors will sample a dish from each stall (and receive a free cocktail on entry), included in the ticket price, after which they can vote for their favourite at the VEG Wall Of Fame. Here is the line-up and what to expect, as quoted by the Evening Standard: ‘Biff’s Jack Shack will be saying “cluck you” to fried chicken, serving double-fried jackfruit ‘buffalo wings’ speared on a sugar cane ‘bone’ and laced with maple bourbon hot sauce. And the rather marvellously-named Temple of Seitan will also be imitating the bird, serving ‘chicken’ sliders made from the wheat-based meat substitute. Venezuelan stall Petare will be cooking up chip butties made from arepas stuffed with cassava chips, sweet fried plantain, feta, avocado and garlic sauce, and Eritrean stall Lem Lem Kitchen will be whipping up so-called afro-tacos made with injera bread and spicy lentils. There will be tandoori cauliflower steak from Indian-influenced Spice Box, Greedy Khao will be making a Thai red curry with tofu, and Korean stall Eat Chat will have bánh mì on hand. To round it off, the Young Vegans have pudding covered in the form of chocolate peanut butter mud pie brownies. Dairy free, of course.’ There will also be a KERB bar, cocktail bar and beer bar, serving up Vegan specials, with DJ’s throughout.The event runs across three sessions: Friday evening (6-11pm), Saturday afternoon (12-5pm) and Saturday evening (6-11pm). Early bird tickets (now sold out) start from £25 and standard tickets from £30, which include one dish from each trader plus a free cocktail. For more information and to purchase tickets go to kerb food.com

MY AFRICAN HOB - TASTE OF SIERRA LEONE SUPPER CLUB

Foods from across a variety of African countries, are finally getting the accolade and exposure they deserve in the UK and of late, the capital has seen a sudden rise in the popularity of African Supperclubs and pop-ups…enabling Londoners to try delicious and diverse flavours from across the continent. On Saturday 5th August, from 6.30pm – 9.30pm, guests will be able to sample the delights of authentic Sierra Leonean cuisine, at My African Hob’s inaugural Supperclub in Hammersmith, West London. We’ve been told guests can expect “a warm welcome, an evening of African celebration, deliciously home-cooked food and full flavour from Sierra Leone.” Upon arrival welcome drinks made from traditional West African ingredients like a warming Ginger Beer and lime drink; or a Wonjo (Hibiscus flower/sorrel) cocktail, will be served and a three course menu will include a choice of: Starters – Banana akara (Ve) or Sierra Leone style banana fritters served with homemade pepper sauce; Mains – Skewered roast beef kebab with spicy Couscous (beef cubes marinated in peanut sauce, grilled with onions and sweet peppers) or Black eyed beans stew with roasted sweet potatoes (Ve) and Pear Tart (V) with vanilla ice cream, for dessert. It’s a BYOB event, so feel free to bring along your favourite tipple! If you want the opportunity to enjoy deliciously home-cooked Sierra Leonean food, or simply want to experience new tastes and flavours, be sure to check out My African Hob – Taste Of Sierra Leone Supperclub. Early Bird tickets cost £30 per person and are on sale until the 22nd July, thereafter tickets cost £36. For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk. My African Hob, Grove Community Centre, Bradmore Park Road, London, W6 0DT.

FREE BURGERS WHEN YOU BUY A DRINK AT THE GREEN MAN PUB

To celebrate the big relaunch of The Green Man in Paddington – home to the original Burger Craft Kitchen; on Friday 30th June, they’ll be giving away FREE BURGERS between 4pm – 10pm. There’ll be a choice of five delectable burgers, ranging from The Juicy Bastard with two dry-aged beef patties, double American-style cheese, lambs lettuce, tomato and chefs smokey BBQ sauce; The Bacon Dude – dry aged beef, crisp bacon lattice, American cheese, grilled tomato, with chef’s smokey BBQ sauce and the Vegitari-yum with breaded goats cheese, roasted red pepper and courgette, olive mayo, mint yogurt, with balsamic glaze. To be in for a chance to nab a freebie, all you need to do is purchase a drink and voila…you’ll get one for free! Simple! For more information visit their twitter page Burger CraftThe Green Man, 308 Edgware Road, London W2 1DY.

 

 

 

 

FREE PIZZA FROM FRANCO MANCA

If you love pizza (who doesn’t?!?) and you happen to be in North London, then you’re in for a treat! To celebrate the opening of their new Islington branch, pizza connoisseurs Franco Manco will be giving away 500 FREE PIZZA’S from Thursday 22nd June – Monday 26th June; with 50 free pizzas available from 12pm each day and another 50 from 6pm. The lucky customers who manage to snag a free pizza will have a choice of any Franco Manca signature with special toppings. This offer only applies if you DINE IN! Be sure get a pizza-the action! For more details visit Facebook/Franco Manca Islington. Franco Manca, 72 Upper St, N1 0NY. 

 

HEINZ BAKED BEANS POP-UP CAFE COMING TO SELFRIDGES

It’s time for baked beans to take centre stage, as a Heinz Beanz café will be popping up in Selfridges Food Hall from March 27 to April 23, to celebrate 50 years since the slogan ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’ has bean around! Habouring memories of student days gone by, the Beanz Meanz Heinz Cafe will serve – beans with crispy bacon, beans with ham hock and beans with scrambled egg, all of which come with the option of adding extra cheese. The cafe is open from 9am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am – 6pm on Sundays, with all the dishes costing £3. Selfridges Food Hall, 400 Oxford St, London W1A.

A CHEESE BAR IS OPENING IN LONDON

Great news for cheese lovers…as London is to get a bar dedicated to cheese and ‘the best grilled cheese sandwiches in London’, as billed by Time Out Magazine. After three years of selling their signature cheese toasties from a vintage yellow converted ice-cream van named ‘Alfie’, The Cheese Truck is set to open its takeaway hatch and doors, to its first permanent restaurant, The Cheese Bar, in Camden Stables Market, from Thursday 2nd March. According to Stylist Magazine, “the cheese-celebrating menu will include ‘Alfie’ classics like; the Cropwell Bishop Stilton, bacon and pear chutney sandwich and exciting new additions such as Queso Fundido – a Mexican version of fondue. Breakfast Poutine is a spin on the classic French-Canadian dish, with bacon gravy, candied pancetta and Gringa Dairy cheese curds topped off with a fried egg. You can even indulge in cheese for dessert with a dark chocolate ice cream sundae made with honey and Beeleigh Blue – a creamy ewe’s milk cheese from South Devon.” To celebrate the opening of their Takeaway Hatch they’re having a “sandwich amnesty” on Thursday 2nd March, from 12pm – 3pm and you’ll be able to swap any unopened shop bought sandwich for one of their classic grilled cheese sandwiches absolutely FREE! (The donated sandwiches will be handed out to charity SHP – Single Homeless Project at the end of the day). The sandwich amnesty is on for one day only; however you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of their menu from their takeaway hatch between the 4th March and the 22nd of March ahead of their opening on Thursday 23rd of March. For updates and more information, follow The Cheese Bar on Twitter @thecheesebarldn. Unit 93 and 94 Camden Market, North Yard, Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AH.

 

ATHOLPLACE RESTAURANT - JOHANNESBURG

Nestled in Johannesburg’s Northern suburbs, behind high perimeter walls and Jacaranda trees pushed back from a narrow street is this gem – a boutique Five Star hotel (part of the Relais & Chateaux group) with one of the city’s award winning and best restaurants.

Following weeks of planning, cancellations and the juggling of schedules, Yolisa and I finally got to hang out with Executive Chef Willie Malherbe from AtholPlace Restaurant and it worked out perfectly in the end. I was there to eat; Yolisa was there to shoot a video for her YouTube Channel, Yo Yum Tum.

Chef Willie Malherbe

I’ve been here a few times before and recommended it to so many of my friends and, we all seem to say the same things about this place – why are we only finding out about it now? Why are secrets being kept from us? You can read more about the hotel and villas here.

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THE CADBURY CREME EGG CAFE IS BACK!

Egg-citing news, the Cadbury Creme Egg Café is back…and it’s touring the UK! The travelling Cadbury Creme Egg Hunting Lodge, will be situated near the London Eye for three days only – Friday 27th January, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February and guests can expect a range of Creme Egg inspired treats such as ‘Gooey Creme Egg S’mores (creme egg pieces and a giant marshmallow sandwiched between two biscuits and then toasted), Creme Egg Hunters’ Hot Chocolate, Creme Egg Forest Fridge Cake and Creme Egg Black Forest Toasties all priced at £4; along with floor to ceiling Creme Egg hunting paraphernalia.’ If you’re in a rush but can’t resist a Creme Egg catch, then head over to the takeaway area for a Gooey Creme Egg S’more priced at £2. This option does not include entry into The Lodge itself and no booking is required. Tickets sold out within minutes of going live…but don’t despair as there will be space for walk-ins on the day. For more details visit https://www.facebook.com/cadburycremeegg/

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