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Secretts Farm Centre
Hurst Farm, Chapel Lane, Milford, Surrey
August Bank Holiday Weekend
Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th 11 - 6pm Monday 27th 11-8pm

If a day out in the countryside indulging in all things Thai grabs you, get down to Secretts Farm near Milford, Surrey, this August Bank Holiday weekend. The biannual event attracts over 50,000 visitors and is in aid of a charity that helps support girls from some of the poorest villages in Thailand to escape a life of poverty. This is done by helping them reach for a brighter future, using education as a tool to turn away from a life often tragically blighted by inevitable prostitution.

There is plenty to see and do over the three day event including shopping at 50 craft stalls set in an authentic Thai market, with silk, cotton and handicrafts for sale. 30 food outlets offering a range of tempting dishes, including a variety of fine Thai beers and wines. Other highlights comprise traditional Thai national dancing and martial arts displays, fortune telling, processions, cookery demonstrations and spectacular ceremonies.

For a day out of culture, shopping and eating out, all in a good cause, a visit to the Amazing Thailand Festival is one surely not to be missed.

Daily entry ticket - Adult £7.50 with one accompanying child free.
Extra child £3.00 Babies and toddlers free.


Visitors to Suffolk are being encouraged to explore and experience local food and drink through a new website,

The Tasty Suffolk website provides a one stop shop for food lovers bringing together farm shops, farmers’ markets and other outlets providing local food, together with food and drink producers whose details are presented in a creative and informative way.

As well as the comprehensive listings, it also includes news items, details of food and drink events, recipes and highlights issues relating to food, farming and the environment.

Farmers’ markets and farm shops have become very much part of the leisure experience in their own right. The Elveden Estate’s Food Hall and café/restaurant complex, near Brandon is a great example where food produced on the estate can be eaten in the restaurants or bought in the shop, along with other local produce.

Suffolk is fast becoming a food destination renowned for the quality, variety and abundance of its local produce, both speciality and mainstream. The second phase of the Tasty Suffolk website will be the development of an eating out section.

For visitors planning to stay overnight, accommodation suggestions and details of places to visit can be found on or call 01473 694416 for a free guide.

York's 11th Festival of Food and Drink
21-31 September 2007

  • A city-wide Festival using the best of York's fabulous historic location
  • No entrance fee (though there are some fantastic ticketed events) just come along and shop at one of the largest food markets in the country
  • Ten Days (21st- 3lst September) of activities for you to enjoy
  • This year’s theme about learning: learn to cook, learn to taste, learn something new
  • More details on the Festival website

New for 2007

Ghurkha Curry Night
The Queen's 2nd Ghurkha Signal regiment from the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal, stationed at Imphal Barracks, York, will set up their field kitchen in the Guildhall to serve festival goers with a fabulous buffet of authentic Nepalese Ghurkha curries with all the trimmings. It's a festival first, don't miss it.

Wine Guides
'Trade-style' tastings are the popular mainstay of our wine tastings, where visitors wander at will, talking and trying. This year wine fans from novices upwards can also opt to join a 'Wine Guide' - an independent expert who will guide visitors through the wines and select the best to taste (and buy).

Festival Beer Marquee & Twilight Market
This year the Festival is laying on food, drink and music until 9pm at the brand new Twilight Market and Beer Marquee. Wine plus local ale and cider will be provided by Cropton Brewery. Delicious street food will be on sale: Kashmiri and Malaysian curries, venison burgers, quality sausages, crepe stalls and more, every night of the festival. So, there's no need to rush home when the city centre shops close.

New Markets
Taste the best, taste the healthiest and taste the world as the festival markets expand still further. Coppergate (outside the Jorvik Viking Centre) will be the hub for a host of fabulous new stalls and themed markets: farmers, organic, world foods and continental. There will be a full programme of tastings and on-street demonstrations with lots of chances to sample for free.
'Feast', a group of small scale specialist food producers from Yorkshire and Lancashire, will be setting up their stalls on the Eye of York, (opposite Clifford's Tower): artisan food production at its best.

Yorkshire Tasting
York's finest restaurants including J. Baker's Bistro Moderne, Melton's Restaurant and DCH at the Dean Court Hotel - will be running a five course Yorkshire Tasting Menu for the duration of the Festival. An opportunity to sample the best food in York.

…A Welcome Return
North Yorkshire County Caterers will be challenged to show us how school dinners have changed since the days of soggy sprouts and sago pudding and more recently since Turkey Twizzlers got the push. They will be in the Guildhall cooking a two course bargain lunch for Festival goers.
Young Cooks

York Festival of Food and Drink is special because we manage to engage substantial numbers of children in our cookery workshops. Our workshops will get both primary and secondary school children cooking at workstations throughout the Guildhall's 'food theatre' with TV Chefs Caroline Bretherton and Fi Bird. This year a central demonstration area, and overhead cameras, will allow more children than ever to join these popular events.

The medieval Guildhall is again the stunning setting for some unique festival dinners featuring Italian food and wine matching, and North East Meat. In other venues dinners will feature rare breed meat, a Slow Food buffet, and organic produce.

…And Old Favourites
Christine Austin, wine critic of the Yorkshire Post, has prepared a ten-day programme of events in historic locations including the Minster, the Mansion House and the Guildhall. She will launch the Festival on 2lst September with her ever-popular Champagne tasting.

As ever, in what is probably the country's biggest and best established food festival, there will be regular cookery demonstrations, tutored tastings, meal deals, workshops, cook book lunches, competitions and ale trails. The 'Deliciously Yorkshire' regional market will be in St Sampson's Square throughout the Festival.

A suggested itinerary for a festival visitor could be:

From 9 am - Visit the Festival markets
11am - Stop by a demonstration in Coppergate
12.00 - Lunch at one of the 'meal deal restaurants'
1.30 - Wine and Food matching
3.30 - Slow-Food Tutored tasting
5pm - Beer, Wine and Song in the Twilight Market
7.30 - Possible other Festival ticketed event for example dinner in the magnificent Guildhall.

Anybody visiting the Festival for just one day can put together a varied programme of events. You can literally move from one activity to another all day long.

Anyone wishing to attend the event is encouraged to book early by calling the Information and Ticketline: 01904 466687 or visiting



The Old Bridge Hotel
1 High Street
PE29 3TQ


A series of tastings designed to introduce you to grape varieties – the simplest way to build up some knowledge. The format is informal, suitable for anyone with enthusiasm who simply wants to get some understanding of the subject.

Each evening we will taste for about an hour and a half (the tasting will include a range of about 8 wines from the everyday to the very best). Then there is a light supper – 2 courses and a couple of glasses of wine, and coffee.

I guarantee a 10pm departure for anyone who has to get up early the next day !

Monday 18th June – Introduction to Gewurztraminer (from light and dry to rich and very spicy)

Monday 9th July – Introduction to the difference between Champagne and Sparkling wine – can you spot the difference?

Monday 6th August – Introduction to a single, great Chianti estate. We will taste a range of vintages from Isole e Olena, and see how well Chianti and ‘Super Tuscans’ can age.

all at The Old Bridge, Huntingdon, with John Hoskins MW.

£35 per person (£39 for 9th July). Maximum 18 guests per session.
For tickets ring 01480 424300.
Payment in full is required at time of booking and tickets are non-refundable.

Friday 10th August 2007


The Old Bridge Hotel
1 High Street
PE29 3TQ


Burgundy produces the finest dry white wines in the world. White wines so good that you can (for once) not mind missing red wine during dinner! For this evening we are going to focus on the village of Meursault, where the most powerful and richest wines are made. We will feature several estates including 2 who are rated by every critic as 2 of the 5 best in Burgundy.

This will be a civilized evening for just 34 guests, in our private dining room at The Old Bridge. The prices (in a wine shop) of the Lafon and Coche wines would range from £40 up to £150. Come and understand why these rare bottles might possibly be so sought after.

Proposed tasting line up:
2003 Meursault, Grands Charrons, Bouzereau
1999 Meursault, Sous le Château, Fichet
1998 Meursault, Clos de la Barre, Comtes Lafon
1997 Meursault, Tessons Fichet
1997 Meursault, Les Chevalieres, Fichet
1997 Meursault, Coche Dury
1996 Meursault, Comtes Lafon
1995 Meursault, Tessons, Fichet
1994 Meursault, Les Rougeots, Coche Dury

Supper to follow:
Roast guinea fowl with a boudin of leg meat, sauté potatoes, salad of frissé
and green beans
Sea trout with peas, broad beans, baby gem and new potatoes
2004 Macon Milly Lamartine, Comtes Lafon

Rosemary and almond cake with caramelised peaches and crème fraîche sorbet
1995 Trockenbeerenauslese no 14, "Zwischen den Seen",
Alois Kracher. Neusiedlersee, Austria

Espresso with chocolates
Vieux Marc de Bourgogne, Domaine Dujac

£59 per person. For tickets please ring: 01480 424300
Payment in full is required at time of booking and tickets are non-refundable.

Tasting starts promptly at 7.30pm; dinner follows at about 9pm.
Hosted by John Hoskins MW


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