Autumn Food & Harvest Festivals Round-up

We are all foodies here at The Pure Package, and follow food festivals not just in the UK, but all over Europe too. We might not be able to get to them all, but we certainly like to read about them and they help us come up with new recipes for our diet delivery plans in London. Bonus!

Here is a round-up of two European food festivals that we were sorry to miss, as well as some food festivals in England we recommend visiting in the next few weeks.

Lovely jar of honey – Photograph by Theresa Thompson

Fete du Miel (Honey Festival)

At the beginning of October in Roquebrune-sur-Argens, France, the Fete du Miel showcased lots of different local producers’ honey over a two day period. There were delicate honey varieties of lavender, pine, chestnut and rosemary to sample and buy, as well as special exhibitions on beekeeping – great for the kids.

We love using honey in our gourmet diet delivery programmes. It is a great product nutritionally, and also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties as well as being a strong immune booster.

Festa della Zucca in Bolzano, Italy – Photograph by Alfio Brignoni

Festa della Zucca (Squash Festival)

This Italian food festival took place earlier in October. Campania, Puglia and Tuscany all have a rich squash growing tradition and festivals take place in several towns and villages in these areas. The one in Piegaio, in the heart of Tuscany, is hailed as the best – growers come from across the region to show off their biggest and best produce, and there are also lots of stores selling local honey, meats, cheeses and of course squash-based dishes.

Squash is such a fantastic ingredient – we love the butternut squash and ginger soup recipe featured in an earlier blog. Rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium and fibre it is great for maintaining healthy skin, good vision and a robust immune system.

Upcoming Autumn Festivals & Events

We have some great food festivals in the UK, too. Here are some autumn festivals in England that we recommend you visit in the next few weeks:

  • The Northwest Food Lovers Festival at Tatton Park – 22nd to 24th October. This is meant to be the best one yet, with over 120 different delicious food and drink stalls selling the best produce available from across the region. As well as the opportunity to taste, sample and buy all the delicious foods and drink, there will be the ever-popular celebrity chef demonstrations including Simon Rimmer and Andrew Nutter!
  • Halloween Pumpkin Festival at Osterley Park and House – 30th and 31st October. Lots of pumpkin-related fun to be had here by all the family including cooking demos, tastings, carvings and games.
  • The Imperial War Museum in London: The Ministry of Food – From now until January 2011. This is fun and educational exhibition exploring how the British public adapted to food shortages during the Second World War, learning how to be both frugal and inventive in the kitchen. It also examines how growing your own food, eating seasonal fruit and vegetables, reducing imports, recycling and healthy nutrition were all just as important in 1940 as they are today.

We would love to hear from you if you go to any of these festivals regularly, or if you have recently been to a food festival that we should know about. Drop us a line via Twitter, or post a comment below – we’ll feature your choices in our next festivals update.