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News from Abergavenny Food Festival 2017

New events including Olia Hercules and Jay Rayner on sale now

From chef demos and masterclasses to feasts and pop-up dinners, we just couldn’t wait to share these events with you! Keep your eyes peeled for the full line-up in June.

Eat Your Words with Olia Hercules

Join us to eat and chat the latest book by Olia Hercules, Kaukasis. Inspired by a childhood family road trip from Ukraine to Azerbaijan, Kaukasis covers the food and culture of the Caucasus; Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia in particular. Following a question and answer session with Olia, there will be a four-course feast based on recipes from the book, also cooked by Olia and her team.

Part book club and part supper club, Eat Your Words celebrates classic and modern day food writing. The books are chosen not only for their wonderful recipes, but also for their vivid prose and ability to sweep you along on a cultural or historical journey. Enjoy all this whilst sat at a table, dipping into dishes from the very pages being discussed. View the menu here and book your tickets now.  

 

The Ten (Food) Commandments with Jay Rayner

The original Ten Commandments have very little to offer when it comes to the complex business of how and what we eat. Now the award-winning restaurant critic and Masterchef  judge Jay Rayner has decided it’s time to act. So join our very own culinary Moses in this audio-visual romp as he attempts to lead us to the edible promised land. He’ll explain why thou shalt always eat with thy hands, why though should most definitely workshop leftovers and why thou most celebrate the stinkiest of foods. Plus he’ll invite thee to honour thy pig – and so much more besides.

Join the chair of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet as he sets out to provide hilarious guidance on the very best way to eat now. Includes Q&A and book signing. Tickets are available now and priced at £16.

 

Community Feast

Back by popular demand! Our first feast of the festival weekend is by the community, for the community. Taking place in Abergavenny’s iconic Market Hall, to celebrate the installation of our famous festival decorations, the Community Feast is our way of saying a great big thank you to the town for putting up with us over the festival weekend. The team at the new Angel Bakery will be putting their incredible bread ovens to work, cooking up a storm of delicious local produce. Expect family style platters of roasted meats, seasonal vegetables, salads, breads and desserts.

Tickets are priced at £15 include dinner, dessert and coffee. Wine and beer will be available to purchase in the Market Hall. Dinner to be followed by music and dancing. Book your tickets here.

 Smoked with Charlotte Pike

Charlotte Pike shows you how easy it is to smoke your own food at home, without the need for lots of equipment or space. Charlotte will explain the differences between types of equipment, such as the Big Green Egg, homemade cold smoker and stovetop smoker, and talk through the different woods, rubs and marinades, covering all the options, so that you can find what suits you.

You will make and taste some smoked ingredients and try out some recipes, which might include hot smoked salmon, smoked duck salad with pomegranate, orange and watercress, and smoked cheddar, leek and mushroom tart.

There will be delicious tasters to try and a chance to have all your questions answered so that you can get started at home. Tickets are available now for this intimate masterclass.

Elly Pear’s Let’s Eat!

Batch cooking with a twist! Elly Curshen – also known as Elly Pear – will be showcasing recipes from her soon-to-be released second cookbook Let’s Eat! Featuring over 90 recipes (all meat free), many of which are batch cooking ideas with multiple off-shoot recipes. Make a load of something, divide it up and freeze it, then serve it up in a variety of totally different ways, so you’re not eating the same thing again and again – delicious food for everyone, every day. Booking info can be found here.

Chocolate Curiosities

Curious about chocolate? Legendary chocolatier Marc DeMarquette will be taking you on a fun and interactive journey demonstrating how chocolate is no longer what is used to be, it’s better! Explore new evolutions in the world of chocolate, from unusual fermentations to different types of sugars or milk. Learn about the history of chocolate making and how modern chocolatiers have challenged the status quo, with lots of tasting of course! Booking info can be found here.Keep your eye on the Abergavenny Food Festival website for the full programme and event listings, which will be released early June.

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