Food & Other products

items where a British drink is a key item. Not generically, like a beef & ale pie, but more like Aspall cyder mustard or St Peters hop soap

London Craft Beer Festival

14 August 2014 - 17 August 2014

From Beavertown to Siren, Camden Town to Weird Beard, Sierra Nevada to Evil Twin, London Craft Beer Festival heads to the Oval in East London from 14-17 August.

Taking an all-in approach, your £35 ticket fee entitles you to small pours of all the beers on offer, plus four bigger pours (third pints), and some great music. It’s a wonderful environment to taste the brews, meet the creators, enjoy tasty eats on the terrace, and generally enjoy the vibe – Craig Charles was playing when we went last year. 

Okell's Beer & Food Matching Evening

31 July 2014 - 7:00pm

Who has tried Okell's beers? If you have, this is a steal, and if you haven’t, it’s going to be even more fun.

The Bull at Highgate is hosting a special dinner on Thursday 31 July to showcase not just the beers but some of the Isle of Man’s fine ingredients, including its renowned Queenie Scallops and its Loaghton sheep.

Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival

4 September 2014 - 14 September 2014

Not long now until Brighton & Hove kick off their Autumnal celebrations of all that's fun in food and drink. And you can join in. Whether it's fab ales, tasty ciders, new age gin or serious sparklers, the Festival helps you get to taste some of the region's finest produce. 

Always fun, always tasty, below are a few of my highlights. To catch up with all the events, head to the comprehensive Brighton & Hove Food Festival website to see what takes your fancy.

And follow the action on twitter, @brightonfood, and facebook - Brighton Food Festival

Dea Latis: Beer & Chocolate Tasting

25 March 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

What’s better than chocolate? How about beer and chocolate? Yes, it’s that time of year when not one but two of life's luxuries – nay, necessities – come together in one package.

Dea Latis is the inspiring pan-industry group of women who love beer, and want to share their enthusiasm, particularly with anyone new to the (not always) amber nectar. It is holding its annual beer and chocolate tasting on 25 March in London, and all women are welcome.