Food News: July's tastiest events and openings
Our monthly round-up of what's new on the local menu
With headliners including Great British Menu veteran Daniel Clifford, of Cambridge’s two Michelin-starred Midsummer House, and Tristan Welch, Saturday Kitchen stalwart and chef/director at the city’s Parker’s Tavern, the line-up for this month’s Foodies Festival is looking delicious.
Returning to Parker’s Piece from July 23 to 25, after last year’s Covid hiatus, event highlights include The Cake & Bake Theatre, where Great British Bake Off’s Hermine will be among the chefs demoing everything from old-school lemon drizzle to gluten-free and vegan treats; The Drinks Theatre, where you can sample new wines, champagnes and cocktails; and The Kids Cookery Theatre, where little ones can learn to make food for a teddy bears’ picnic. Plus there will be a street food zone, artisan produce market, arts and crafts tent and fun foodie challenges, including a chilli eating contest, too.
With Cambridge Burnt Cream Tart on the menu, the city’s new Garden House restaurant will embrace its heritage when it opens this month. Set within the Graduate Cambridge Hotel - riverside site of the original Garden House for decades, most recently Doubletree by Hilton - the restaurant will be helmed by Adam Wood, who comes from London’s award-winning Perilla, and promises to hero open-flame cooking and East Anglian produce, including vegetables from Hildersham smallholding Flourish and smoked fish from Exning’s Chapel & Swan.
Real Eating Co., the indie cafe concept which started on London’s King’s Road just last year, has opened its seventh site on Petty Cury in Cambridge. Known for its fine coffee, the brand is also known for its fine coffee cups: 100% compostable and plastic free, they are printed with sketches of each cafe’s location - in Camrbidge’s case, a punt skudding past King’s College on the Cam. Says MD Helena Hudson: “What this year has shown us is that there is a clear space on the High Street for local, independently led operators who offer a unique and distinctive proposition.”
Charge your glasses: Saffron Grange, the Walden vineyard known for its sparkling wines, has just unveiled three new vintages.
Aged for 24 months, the 2018 Seyval Blanc Reserve Brut (£29) promises “a nose packed with elderflower, citrus and soft caramel, notes of lemon tart, a subtle minerality on the palate and a lingering, creamy finish”.
The 2018 vintage of Saffron Grange’s signature Classic Cuvee (£32), blended with 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier, ”displays notes of freshly picked white flowers, orange peel and brioche, while the palate has hints of raspberries and baked apple leading to a long-lasting, complex and refined finish”.
And finally the 2019 Sparkling Rosé Brut (£27), a pretty salmon-pink blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Seyval Blanc, ia “a youthful wine bursting with fragrant lychee and rose petals on the nose. The palate is abundant with redcurrants and summer fruits balanced with a crisp, refreshing acidity”.
All Saffron Grange wines are 100% vegan and the vineyard, which is booking tours from now through to October, is committed to using minimal intervention methods to allow the local wildlife to thrive.
The Food Marketing Experts, the agency in Brampton known for championing both local and national food and drink brands, has added another two titles to its list of award-wins: Best Specialist Food & Beverage Marketing Agency 2021 UK in the Corporate Vision Global Business Awards and the Global Business Insight Food Marketing Agency of the Year Award.
“It has been our privilege to be able to provide the necessary support and guidance to help numerous clients adapt their operations to survive the pandemic,” says MD Vhari Russell. “We consider ourselves to be truly fortunate since we have actually grown our client base during these turbulent times and expanded our team of senior consultants.
“This year will mark our 10th anniversary and we have some very exciting plans in place, so watch this space!”
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