This year St Albans marks the 10th anniversary of the St Albans Food and Drink Festival with eleven days of events celebrating the artisan food and drink providers in the City, as well as its strong pub heritage.
St Albans Street Feastival
The highlight of the St Albans Food and Drink Festival will be the Street Feastival on Sunday 1st October 2017. St Albans City centre will be closed to traffic and thousands of people are expected to take to the streets to enjoy the finest of local food and drink from more than 100 market traders, as well as pop-up restaurants, cafés and pubs all serving up a wide range of dishes inspired by flavours from around the world. Entry to the Street Feastival is free.
Poppycock Bar on the Green will be the place to find the most lavish cocktails in the city with G&T’s and Ultimate Bloody Marys plus locally produced Farr Brew beer. Dylan’s Kings Arms will be hosting champagne and snacks on the double decker Champagne Bus. There will also be live music and a variety of artisan food and drink stalls. Oaklands College Farm will be bringing along animals bred and reared at Oaklands College, look out for the tractor! Young foodie fans can bring along a teddy for the Teddy Bears Picnic, get creative at the kids craft stalls and keep an eye out for free face painting! There will also be a Live Cookery Theatre with inspiring demonstrations and talks from talented local chefs including Theo Micheals, Becky Alexander, Ren Behan and Phil Thompson.
St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017
With over 30 events taking place as part of the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017 there’s something for everyone from pasta cookery classes to chocolate tasting, cheese and beer, or coffee and canapés! Have a look at the full programme of events or book your place on one of these delicious and delectable events:
On Tuesday 26th September 2017, 6pm to 9.30pm, come and master the art of making pasta with Chappell & Caldwell. Enjoy a glass of prosecco on arrival and then learn to make fresh pasta by hand and with a machine. You’ll grow in confidence in rolling, cutting and shaping, so that you can recreate dishes in your own home. Create filled pasta such as tortellini, ravioli and make gnocchi and Tuscan eggless pasta. You’ll also learn to make some delicious sauces using fresh, local ingredients. Finally, enjoy the meal that you have created with a glass of wine before heading home with all the recipes so that you can experiment with the skills you have learned. Tickets are available from Chappell & Caldwell, £80 per person.
Fleetville Larder, 129 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4JS
On Wednesday 27th September 2017, 8-10.15pm, enjoy an evening of British cheese and craft beer hosted by The Fleetville Larder and HomeBrewtique. Learn how different styles of beer are made and taste a selection of artisan British cheeses perfectly paired to 6 craft beers. Call 01727 863237 to book tickets, £15 per person.
Charlie’s Coffee & Company, 87 London Road, S Albans, AL1 1LN
On Thursday September 28th 2017, 6.30pm come and relax at Charlie’s Coffee Shop in St Albans and enjoy 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 are available from Charlie’s Coffee Shop or email email@example.com, £35 per person.
Rock Pop Candy, 10 Holywell Hill, St Albans, AL1 1BZ
Drop in to Rock Pop Candy on Saturday 30th September 2017 and have a go at making your own Candy Brochette. Suitable for ages 5 years old and above. No booking required, £2.50 per person.
Street Cafe, 13 Catherine Street, St Albans, AL3 5BZ
On Saturday 30th September 2017, at 7pm you will have the chance to sample some of the modern Polish food from St Albans author Ren Behan’s debut book Wild Honey and Rye. Ticket price includes a four course meal, a glass of wine and a shot of homemade flavoured vodka. Tickets are available from Ren Behan’s website, £25.00 per person.
Rock Pop Candy, 10 Holywell Hill, St Albans, AL1 1BZ
On Sunday 1st October 2017 pop into Rock Pop Candy and meet St Albans’ very own Willy Wonka direct from Stateside Chocolate with some awesome flavours. Don’t miss the opportunity to try flavours like ‘Jam Doughnut’, or the popular ‘Memphis Special’ along with some brand new flavours! No booking required and chocolate tasting is free.
St Albans Organ Theatre, 320 Camp Road, St Albans, AL1 5PE
On Sunday 1st October 2017 do something different and book your tickets for a vintage afternoon tea at the St Albans Organ Theatre 2.30-4.30pm. £17.50 per person includes cakes, finger sandwiches and tea, whilst being entertained in one of the most unique venues in St Albans. Advance booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
St Peter’s Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3JG
On Sunday 1st October 2017, visit St Peter’s Street for St Albans Street Feastival! St Peter’s Street will be closed to traffic and turned into a gastronomic wonderland from 12noon to 6pm. Enjoy a day of food, fun and festival feasting. Visit the cookery theatre, the workshop marquee, pop-up restaurants and a variety of artisan food and drink stalls. Don’t miss this showcase of local and regional producers, suppliers and restaurants, a fantastic day out for foodies and families. Entry to the Street Feastival is free.
The Cobbled Kitchen, 69 Harpenden Road, St Albans, AL3 6BY
On Tuesday 3rd October 2017 learn new culinary skills at this Cobbled Together cookery class, where you will learn many ways to make vegetables the star of the dinner table. There will be also be useful time and money-saving tips, knife skills and nutritional information. The cost includes all ingredients and you get to take home all the food you make! £35 per person. Booking is essential, call Danielle 07812 599492.
Details are correct at the time of publishing. Please check the details of an event directly with the organisers.