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Food and Drink Festival 2017-06-22T08:39:10+00:00

27 September – 7 October 2017

The magnificent St Albans & Harpenden Food & Drink Festival is back for its tenth year to celebrate the craft, diversity and creation of food across our District. Planning is underway, pop the dates in your diary and watch this space! We can’t wait to share it with you.

The Food & Drink Festival is organised and delivered by St Albans City and District Council. Radio Verulam has provided this website in association with St Albans City & District Council as part of an ongoing Community Partnership. More information at the ‘About’ section

6:30 PM
Coffee, Canapés & Conversation An evening of coffee tasting paired with creative canapés designed to explore the unique and complex flavours of coffee. Hosted by special guest Steve Leighton from Has Bean Coffee and food in collaboration with Chappell & Caldwell of St Albans Tickets available from Charlie’s Coffee Shop.
Charlie's Coffee & Company
Sep 9 @ 2:00 PM – Sep 10 @ 10:30 PM
2:00 PM
A great day for all the family with Beers, Burgers and Bands. As well as our own award winning beers, there will be fantastic food from Dylans Kings Arms, and music from the awesome SwanVesta Social Club. We’ll also have big tractors & farm equipment for the young and young at heart.
The 3 Brewers of St Albans Brewery
Sep 26 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
7:30 PM
For the first time we’re offering a tutored tasting lead by Roger Protz on the Tuesday evening prior to the official Wednesday opening of the St Albans Beer & Cider Festival 2017. Roger will be talking about his new book “IPA: A Legend in Our Time” whilst tantilising your taste buds with an exciting range[...]
Alban Arena
Sep 27 – Sep 30 all-day
12:00 AM
Organised by South Herts CAMRA. Nine bars with up to 350 real ales, 50 ciders and perries, 50 bottle conditioned beers and 80 foreign beers from all over the world plus hot and cold food stands, breweriana auctions and a quiz on Saturday with superb prizes. Live music Thursday evening from St Albans band The[...]
Alban Arena
Sep 27 @ 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
12:00 PM
Throughout Beer Festival: take a break from the Arena to visit the Boot, one of the Hairy Bikers’ Pubs that made Britain.
The Boot
Sep 27 @ 8:00 PM – 10:15 PM
8:00 PM
British Cheese & Craft Beer Evening The Fleetville Larder & HomeBrewtique present a relaxed evening tasting of 6 Craft Beers paired with 6 British Cheeses on Wednesday 27th October. Come and enjoy learning how different styles of beer are made and eat a selection of artisan British cheeses perfectly paired to the beers. £15/ 8pm[...]
The Fleetville Larder
Sep 28 @ 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
12:00 PM
Throughout Beer Festival: take a break from the Arena to visit the Boot, one of the Hairy Bikers’ Pubs that made Britain.
The Boot
Sep 28 @ 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
6:30 PM
Book your table at the kick off for the new term as we host the first of our regular Thursday evening Dining sessions at The Stables Restaurant. Our evening three course dinner service is entirely created by Level 2 and 3 Hospitality and Catering students, overseen by our team of award winning chefs. We are[...]
The Stables Restaurant, Oaklands College
Sep 29 @ 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
12:00 PM
Throughout Beer Festival: take a break from the Arena to visit the Boot, one of the Hairy Bikers’ Pubs that made Britain.
The Boot
12:00 AM
Drop in to Rock Pop Candy and have a go at making your own ‘Candy Brochette’ – for ages 5+ and just £2.50 each. No booking required.
Rock Pop Candy
12:00 AM
Pop along and say hi to Ana and our very own ‘Willy Wonka’ direct from Stateside Chocolate with some awesome new flavours ! Don’t miss this opportunity to try some ‘way out’ flavour chocolate like our very own ‘Jam Doughnut’ or the ever popular ‘Memphis Special’ along with some brand new flavours!
Rock Pop Candy Stall - Market Place
7:00 PM
Celebrate the best of the best at the annual Awards Ceremony for the local hospitality industry at Sopwell House! Welcome drinks provided by Poppycock, Thirty Nine 10 and The 3 Brewers from 6.30pm followed by a delicious three course seasonal dinner from 7.30pm. Dinner wine available from Flagship Wines for £10 per bottle (cash only).[...]
Sopwell House Hotel
Oct 4 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
4:00 PM
Come and have a go at making your own ‘Candy Brochette’ – for ages 5+, just £2.50 each. An ‘After School’ activity from 4pm to 6pm. No booking required.
Rock Pop Candy
Oct 4 @ 7:30 PM
7:30 PM
A fast-paced energetic cooking event where local chefs will demonstrate, prepare and share samples of seasonal delicacies. Ticket price includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival and a glass from Flagship Wines. All proceeds to go to YouthTalk.
Poggenpohl Kitchen Showroom
6:00 PM
Rock Pop Candy (Holywell Hill) and Flagship Wines (Hatfield Road) are delighted to be running another Chocolate and wine tasting evening and are really pleased to welcome Ted from the Chocolate Officers Company who make a range of yummy chocolate that match specific wines. On Thursday 5th October you can try six handmade chocolate bars[...]
Flagship Wines
Oct 6 @ 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
12:00 PM
Straight from Billingsgate and served to the people of St Albans.
The Boot
6:00 PM
Chile makes fantastic wines from the 3 C’s! Carignan, Carmenere and Cabernet grapes…..come and try wines made from them and choose your favourites……
Flagship Wines
Oct 6 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
7:00 PM
Food & Drink from George Street Restaurants and Bars, Fashion & Lifestyle from Independent George Street Retailers. Live outdoor music on a closed Road. See George Street as you’ve never seen it before!
George Street
12:00 AM
A stall with various vegetables for passers-by to choose, discuss and suggest what can be made with them, encouraging a greater plant-based diet and me showing them how to cook meals with some that many would throw away. Portions of the food cooked may or may not be available for purchase. (tbc)
Sustainable Saturday, St Albans Food and Drink Festival
Oct 7 all-day
12:00 AM
ALL VEGAN AFTERNOON TEA; SAVOURY AND SWEET FINGER FOOD SERVED WITH TEA OR COFFEE, FEATURING AS MUCH LOCALLY GROWN INGREDIENTS AS POSSIBLE
THE GREEN KITCHEN VEGGIE CAFE
Oct 7 @ 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
11:00 AM
Come and get involved in this brand new community food garden right in the centre of St Albans. Grow something, pick something, learn about growing your own, or just drop by to see the garden and find out more.
Incredible Edible Civic Centre garden
Oct 7 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
12:00 PM
If you haven’t tried the wonderful popcorn from #TenAcre then pop along to Rock Pop Candy on the 7th October ! Great flavours including Cousin Penelope’s Strawberry & Cream, Captain Theodore’s Lime & Sea Salt, and Lucia Popperley’s Cappuccino! All flavours are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, MSG Free. Each flavour has a story to tell[...]
Rock Pop Candy
Oct 7 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
2:00 PM
Come along for a free tour of our little farm in Harpenden. Tea and vegetable cakes provided. Paths are uneven; please wear strong shoes. At FoodSmiles members grow organic veg together, sharing skills and learning about growing, we share the harvest once a week.
Hammond End Farm
3:00 PM
Food for thought : Cake and conversation about the impact of the food we eat on the environment. Come along for a couple of hours of interesting conversation and engaging speakers, over a coffee and perhaps even a delicious slice of cake from The Courtyard Cafe. Questions may range across lots of topics; * Where[...]
Courtyard Caafe
Oct 20 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
7:00 PM
We will be showing nearly 100 Wines & Champagnes & there will be the UK agent or winemaker with expert knowledge at each table to give you insight into the wines. Try the wines you like at your own pace, and chat to friends working your own way through the tasting list where the wines[...]
St Albans School