Food news, events and farmers’ markets taking place in Surrey this November…
GIN FESTIVAL / NOVEMBER 3 / H.G WELLS CENTRE, WOKING
The UK’s biggest Gin Festival tour is pouring into Woking this November, and it’s got everything gin lovers could possibly wish for. Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised by the 120 different varieties chosen from around the world. Visitors will also receive their very own Gin Goodie Bag ,containing a gin bible, glass and sampling card.
For more information, visit www.ginfestivalsuk.com
BODEGA NORTON BUTCHERY MASTERCLASS / NOVEMBER 5 / HAND & SPEAR, WEYBRIDGE
Steak and Malbec. This utterly classic combination of food and drink is celebrated at the Hand & Spear in Weybridge this month with the Bodega Norton Butchery Masterclass. Begin your evening uncovering the secrets of a well-cut steak followed by a wine-paired dinner where you’ll experience a trio of Malbec-based wines.
For more information, visit www.handandspear.co.uk
NIGELLA LAWSON / NOVEMBER 6 / G LIVE, GUILDFORD
Queen of home cooking, the delectable Nigella Lawson makes an appearance at G Live in Guildford later this month. Celebrating 20 years since the publication of her ground-breaking debut cookbook, How to Eat: The Principles and Pleasures of Good Food, listen to Nigella as she discusses her life in food and what she’s cooking up the kitchen right now.
For more information, visit www.glive.co.uk
WOKING BEER FESTIVAL / NOVEMBER 9 – 10 / WOKING LEISURE CENTRE
Choose from over 70 real ales, plus ciders and imported beers as well as extra entertainments of a Wurlitzer Organ, live band and some substantiating food to ensure sustenance is catered for. Sessions are limited and ticket only.
For more information, visit www.wokingbeerfestival.co.uk
POPPY DINNER / NOVEMBER 10 / SEASON’S CAFE & KITCHEN, GUILDFORD CATHEDRAL
Take part in an evening of commemoration and celebration with this Poppy Dinner. Enjoy a menu to reflect the tastes of the times including, Vegetable and Pear Barley Broth, Beef and Vegetable Stew with Homemade Dumplings, and Jam Roly Poly with Custard.
For more information, visit www.guildford-cathedral.org
GOURMET GAME TASTING MENU / NOVEMBER 10 / DENBIES WINE ESTATE, DORKING
Discover a world of game with this special tasting menu. The evening’s food will be paired with estates award winning wines, featuring Denbies’ IWC Gold Award-winning sparkling Greenfields, and their trophy-winning Noble Harvest dessert wine.
For more information, visit www.denbies.co.uk
VEGETARIAN COOKERY COURSE / NOVEMBER 13 / THE ABINGER COOKERY SCHOOL, DORKING
Ready to learn a few new tricks in the kitchen? Throughout the year The Abinger Cookery School hosts a variety of courses to satisfy the palates of the most fervent of foodies. This month, learn how to make a feast of indulgent and flavoursome vegetarian dishes, including canapes, sushi and vegan chocolate pots.
For more information, visit www.abingercookeryschool.com
STEAK & WINE WORKSHOP / NOVEMBER 16 / THE GUILDFORD INSTITUTE
Uncover a world of steak and wine at this fabulous foodie workshop taking place at the Guildford Institute. Chef Jacqueline Wise will teach you about different cuts of steak as well as the best accompanying sauces to match. You’ll also learn about wines from around the world and which will work best with your dish of choice.
For more information, visit www.jacquelinewisechef.co.uk
CHRISTMAS FOOD MARKET / NOVEMBER 17 –18 / GARSONS FARM, ESHER
Forage for festive food-stuff at this Christmas Food Market held at Garson’s Farm in Esher. Sample some of the finest seasonal food and drink from Surrey and beyond and fill your baskets with a bounty of delicious treats.
For more information, visit www.garsons.co.uk
SURREY VEGAN MONTHLY MARKET / NOVEMBER 17 / HEART SHOPPING CENTRE, WALTON
Living a plant-based life? The Surrey Vegan Monthly Market takes place on the third Saturday of the month providing visitors with a veritable feast of ethically sourced products.
For more information, visit www.surreyvegan.co.uk
CHOCOLATE & GOLD DRIP CAKE CLASS / NOVEMBER 20 / THE MAYFORD CENTRE, WOKING
For a truly decadent foodie event, book yourself a space onto this Chocolate and Gold Drip Cake class hosted by Victoria’s Kitchen in Woking. Create a visual feast for the eyes and create a spectacularly, sparkle-laden, cocoa based masterpiece to devour with friends, family, or of course, your fine self.
For more information, visit www.victorias-kitchen.com
THE THINKING DRINKERS / NOVEMBER 29 – 30 & DECEMBER 1 / EPSOM PLAYHOUSE
The Thinking Drinkers, take you on an intoxicating bar-hop through time – from the Ancient Greek symposiums to the Victorian gin palaces, hidden speakeasies, Wild West saloons, and of course the classic British boozer. Even better, you’ll get five free drinks.
For more information, visit www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk
CHRISTMAS OPEN DAY & DISTILLERY TOURS / NOVEMBER 24 / SILENT POOL DISTILLERY, ALBURY
Come one, come all, to Silent Pool Distillery’s Christmas Open Day this November and experience a world of award winning gin, sourced straight from the heart of the Surrey Hills. Enjoy exclusive offers available on the day and should enquiring minds find the need to know more, why not discover the botanical brilliance of gin and pop along to one of the distillery’s weekly tours? For gin lovers and those that are just gin curious, The Silent Pool Distillery has a great story of passion, art, and science to share not to mention their award-winning gins to taste.
For more information, visit www.silentpooldistillers.com