It's finally here! Cambridge's new annual food and drink festival, Eat Cambridge, has begun. The first fringe events kicked off on Friday and there are several fabulous happenings this week, including the last of the Pavitt's Pies at the 12A club pie and mash night which I'm extremely disappointed to be missing. The countdown is on for the main event on Saturday: the food and drink fair in the Guildhall. I'm really looking forward to this. Unlike many food fairs I have been to in the past, entry is free, so there is no excuse not to come in and meet some lovely local producers. I have my eye on The Ely Gin Company and The English Distillery Company in particular, whose acquaintance I have been eager to make for a while.
Of course I have my own talk to prepare for. If you are in the Guildhall at 3pm, come on down and say hi. I'm giving a talk on my love of flavoured vodkas, including how to make them and my approach to cocktail making, which most of the time involves finding the quickest way to get some delicious alcohol into me. I should have some samples with me too.
Once the the excitement (and a little bit of anxiety for me) of Saturday are over with, we still have another week of delights to look forward to. I'm particularly excited about the Food Safari talk on foraging in Cambridge on Wednesday 13th (I booked my ticket ages ago) and the street food market in Hope St yard on Friday 15th. This is particularly good timing as we are moving house on the 16th so we can pack up our kitchen equipment knowing we will be well fed. I shall try to emerge from behind the boxes on Sunday the 17th to attend the Food Debate hosted by Tim Hayward and of course drop into the Eat Cambridge social in the Cambridge Brewhouse.
A couple of exciting weeks to look forward to.