Diary dates

August 23, 2010

In the absence of  restaurant stuff – I’ve not been able to get out much recently – let me remind readers of a couple of upcoming events. Belgrave  Hall Good Food Fair is a lovely little event taking place this year on 18 and 19 September from 11am to 4pm.  It’s a farmer’s market type gethering  in the beautiful gardens of this 18th century gem – a quiet little haven right next to the busy Loughboorugh Road in Leicester.  As well as retail opportunities there’s usually a couple of entertaining little displays put on and it’s well worth a couple of hours visit. Entrance £1/kids free. 

Much bigger in scale is the East Midlands Food Festival, 2-3 October at Brooksby Hall, near Melton Mowbray.   For those who’ve never been, this is the region’s biggest such event attracting  several thousand visitors and hundreds of exhibitors.  I generally come back with sackfulls of chutney because that’s my particular weakness, but those with a penchant for cheeses, rare breed and exotic meats, breads, beers,  kitchen equipment and whatever are well catered for. Must admit I give the kitchen demonstrations a miss but if you have a thing about  c-list TV chefs then that could be the clincher. Entrance this year  has been reduced to £5 when you pre-book.  

The two events bookend Leicestershire  Food Fortnight, which also sees a fair few local producers putting on tasting events or demostrations and tours, while some restaurants are putting on gourmet evenings. For a brochure of events visit   Go Leicestershire .

One final piece of news  – a third branch of Kayal is set to open today in Leamington Spa, bringing its enticing Keralan menu and high standards of service to a new audience in the West Midlands. Good luck to Jaimon Thomas and his team.

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