St Albans Food & Drink Festival

26 September – 8 October 2018

The annual St Albans Food and Drink Festival is back and it’s the perfect opportunity to discover some of St Albans’ hidden treasures!


From Wednesday 26th of September, St Albans will be buzzing with unique events to celebrate the fantastic food and drink establishments, the creative chefs and quality producers we have in our City! Take a look at our events listings for our exclusive tastings, restaurant takeovers, educational talks, creative workshops and so much more!


The St Albans Feastival takes over the city centre on Sunday 30th September, with scrumptious street food, superb local produce and lots of fabulous entertainment. It is going to be bigger and better with key highlights including Oaklands Farm, Artisan Alley, The Morrocan Bar plus the Cookery Theatre featuring Theo Michaels, Masterchef Finalist; Christo from Ye Old Fighting Cocks & many more talented chef’s! Find out more here.


Celebrating the best of the best in the City! Over 190 businesses have already been nominated in 14 different awards including a new award for Best Hot Beverage. The winners will be announced on Monday 8 October.

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

Sep 26 – Sep 29 all-day
12:00 AM
St Albans Beer & Cider Festival at the Alban Arena, St Albans.
Alban Arena, St Albans
12:00 AM
Mid-week Treat! Date Night Perhaps? Prosecco on arrival & 4 courses from our Set Evening Menu
Sep 26 @ 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM
5:45 PM
Welcome to a Chocolate Lock-In! As one of just 10* VIP attendees, you’ll be greeted with a glass of Prosecco before mingling with other guests over a chocolate tasting, sometimes with a pairing – it could be anything from red wine to cocoa gin or even a herbal infusion with cocoa shells. The store team[...]
Hotel Chocolat - St Albans
Sep 26 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
7:00 PM
Our Gin experience will showcase Gin as more than a GnT. Our distillers will be on hand to show how using a gin base in cocktails can create unique drinks which accentuate the juniper and citrus notes of Black Bridge Distillery’s Small Batch Gins! Event is open from 7pm-9pm. The event runs in half hour[...]
The Reading Rooms
7:45 PM
Film night at the Larder! Sideways is a bittersweet comedy about life, love and Pinot Noir. Struggling writer and wine enthusiast Miles takes his engaged friend, Jack, on a trip to Californian wine country for a last single-guy bonding experience. Tickets £6 per person Call to book your ticket – 01727 863237
The Fleetville Larder
5:30 PM
Hawk Kitchens & Bathrooms invites you to an evening of expertly cooked food and inspiring demonstrations with NEFF. An expertly trained Home Economist will be rustling up some delicious recipes and demonstrating how to recreate them in your own home. Please email to book a place
Hawk Kitchens & Bathrooms
Sep 27 @ 6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Beer Shop is excited to host the legendary Peddling Pizza. Adam will be serving his mouthwatering authentic Neapolitan style pizzas from 1800 – 2100 at the shop. An awesome way to kick off St Albans food and drink festival! (Pre-booking not required)
Beer Shop St Albans
6:30 PM
This modern, open plan dining experience allows our guests to experience the ‘theatre of cooking’ and watch our students prepare your homemade meal to order. Our team of award winning chefs lead our Hospitality & Catering students to create an enjoyable experience at the AA College Rosette award winning Stables Restaurant. The restaurant is open[...]
The Stables Restaurant
Sep 27 @ 7:00 PM
7:00 PM
Celebrate the great British banger and join Ben the butcher to learn how to make homemade artisan sausages. Discover what makes great sausages, how to select the right cuts of meat for them and how to master the secret subtleties of seasoning. £25 per person To book email
Lawes & Sons Ltd
12:00 AM
NEW FOR 2018! A ‘Pop Up’ Italian Food Market is coming to St Albans City Centre on Friday 28th September! “Italia in piazza food: travelling Italian food market, only the most authentic products either made by ourselves or imported directly from Italy” Look out for… Pizza Meats Oils Cheese Olives + so much more! Make[...]
St Alban City Centre
Sep 28 @ 6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Free fizzy fun – try some tasty fizz including Champagne, Cava & other bubblies from around the world.
Flagship Wines
Sep 28 @ 7:30 PM
7:30 PM
Sicilian wines and food go hand in hand, what better way to showcase these native grape varieties than to pair them with local delicacies. Andrea himself will be here to tell us the story of his handcrafted family wines, most of which are organic £25 per person Book here –
Cellar Door Wines
7:30 PM
The Mayor, Cllr Rosemary Farmer, is hosting a wine tasting on Friday 28th September at 7:30pm. Tickets are £15 and available by emailing or telephone 01727 819544
St Albans Chamber
7:45 PM
Film night at the Larder! Chocolat; a heart-warming tale of love and temptation, starring Juliette Binoche as a single mother who starts a Chocolaterie in a small French village, and who quickly begins to influence local lives in many different ways. Tickets £6 per person Call 01727863237 to book!
The Fleetville Larder
Sep 29 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
10:00 AM
Come and join us for our Apple Day at Oaklands, pick your own apples from the orchard, meet the animals in our zoo and learn more about bees and wildlife. Morning session at 10-12pm Afternoon session at 1-3pm Pre-register on Eventbrite here!
Oaklands College
1:00 PM
Come along for a free tour and tea and cake from 1-4pm. Get involved if you wish or just enjoy our cooperative vegetable site. Memberships are available from only four hours a month! (Paths are uneven; please wear strong shoes.)
Sep 30 @ 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
12:00 PM
Sunday 30 September 12-6pm Free Entry A highlight of the festival calendar will be the closing of St Peter’s Street as it becomes a gastronomic wonderland for food, fun and feasting. Read more about it here!
St Peters Street
Sep 30 @ 2:30 PM
2:30 PM
A very popular event at one of St Albans hidden gems. Enjoy a Vintage Afternoon Tea with delicious cakes and sandwiches and endless cups of tea served in our vintage china in our unique venue, recently awarded the Queens Award for volunteering. Book online at or email Advances booking is essential!
St Albans Organ Theatre
Sep 30 @ 3:30 PM
3:30 PM
Alban Bun Afternoon tea is from 3:30pm Available Sunday- Friday £12.95 per person Emailing us to book
Abbots Kitchen, St Albans Cathedral
Oct 1 @ 12:00 PM
12:00 PM
Box Local will be delivering a special Feastival box containing locally sourced fruit, veg, cheese and eggs, as well as an exclusive recipe card (which you can make with the box contents) Order by noon Mon 1st October for delivery Thurs 4th October. Order yours now here!  
Box Local
8:00 PM
Film night at the Larder! “Delicatessen” – a French black- comedy, set in a post-apocalyptic, gloomy city. Food is in short supply, but where does the local butcher source his meat? And why does he employ so many handymen for short periods of time? Tickets £6 per person Call to book your ticket – 01727[...]
The Fleetville Larder
Oct 3 @ 7:00 AM
7:00 AM
Andrei Lussmann will join forces with locally celebrated chefs, Nick Male from British restaurant The Loft, Phil Thompson from the renowned Thompson St Albans and Shwan Baban from modern Turkish restaurant Tabure to create a stunning four course menu. This year, all profits will be donated to Herts Young Homeless, an independent charity supporting vulnerable[...]
Lussmanns, St Albans
7:00 PM
Come join us for a night of great ale! You will get a tour of the brewery, a pint of great ale of your choice, plus a tutored tasting of several beers and a talk on the ingredients and their impact on the beer tastes – hops, yeast, grain and more! To book a ticket[...]
Farr Brewery
7:00 PM
It’s time to rediscover Cava – the well known, but underrated Spanish sparkling wine… Made in the same way as France’s Champagne and often sold at a third of the price – we want you to take a closer look and see what you’re missing out on! £20 per person Book your ticket here –[...]
Cellar Door Wines
Oct 4 @ 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
7:00 PM
With the Food and Drink Festival in full swing explore St Albans Museum + Gallery after hours and enjoy a jam-packed evening of demonstrations, activities and talks.
St Albans Museum + Gallery
8:00 PM
The Fleetville Larder & HomeBrewtique present a relaxed evening tasting; 6 Craft Beers paired with 6 Cheeses. Come and enjoy learning how different styles of beer are made and eat a selection of artisan cheeses perfectly paired to the beers. Call The Fleetville Larder on 01727 863237 to book your ticket!
The Fleetville Larder
Oct 4 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
8:00 PM
Meet The Producer evening is about celebrating all that is local and on our doorsteps! Come and sample local produce and speak to the local legends who make them! Free Event!
Hare and Hounds
12:00 PM
Charity Golf Day supporting OLLIE Foundation hosted by Ye Olde Fighting Cocks Pub and Verulam Golf Club. Coffee and bacon rolls from noon, followed by a round of golf, drinks at the 19th and topped off with prizes at the pub. Plus goodie bag for guests! Book now –
Verulam Golf Club
7:00 PM
The return of the fabulous George Street Gin & Jazz with music, food and of course, gin! A boutique shopping evening with a chance to explore cocktails, mixers and more. No need to pre-book, just turn up and enjoy!
George Street
8:00 PM
An opportunity to taste amazing wines from the classic grape varieties – Chardonnay & Pinot Noir including Champagne, Burgundy and fine New World Wines. Find your wine star. The wines will be matched with delicious Burgundian cheeses. Book Now at Flagship Wines here –
The Fleetville Larder
9:00 AM
A collaboration between two social enterprises, run by CVT St Albans. We’ll be revealing our tips on how to incorporate your home-grown produce into your own everyday cooking, and how you can preserve this years harvest to reduce your wastage!
Cafe on the Corner
1:00 PM
An exciting afternoon learning BBQ techniques and rotisserie cooking skills from landlord, Christo. All dishes will be shared with attendees and paired with wines by Flagship Wines. Proceeds will be going to Earthworks St. Albans. Book Now!  
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks
6:00 PM
Come on down for a great night of live music from the brilliant Katie Plus Juan Band at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks
Oct 7 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
6:30 PM
A Craft Beer & Food Matching Masterclass with Craft & Cleaver’s Adam Richardson. Learn how to taste and identify characteristics in beer & how to match perfectly with Food. Includes 8 samples, perfectly matched with bits of food & our authentic BBQ.   £30 per person   To book please contact the restaurant directly to[...]
Craft & Cleaver
6:45 PM
St Albans Food and Drink Awards Dinner 2018 We would like to invite you to join us to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the St Albans Food & Drink Awards with an evening of food, drink and entertainment.  Come and celebrate the best of the best in St Albans including the new award for Best[...]
Sopwell House, St Albans
7:00 PM
Mini 1 hour wine tasting session with canapes to match the wine. We will talk through some interesting facts of the wines and there will also be a little Leffe tasting session to hear about the story that goes with it. Booking through Cafe Rouge St. Albans 01727 832777 Please quote ‘free wine tasting session’[...]
Cafe Rouge
7:00 PM
Our wine fair provides an opportunity to taste 80 Wines & Champagnes whilst chatting to the UK agent or winemaker. Try before you buy & order on the night & receive 10% discount & enjoy quality delicious canapes from Lobster Pot Catering
Flagship Wines