Food just tastes better when you’re exploring. Authentic paella aside bobbing boats, rich pasta ribbons overlooking ancient Italian relics and gelato under the Mediterranean sky.
Or eat a little closer to home for wonderfully rich, fresh fruit and veg harvested from a National Trust patch. Atmosphere and taste go hand-in-hand. It’s a sensory explosion. So now we’re onto a new seasonal chapter, it’s time to write a new culinary adventure.
Here’s our round up of the best Autumnal food excursions:
Local foraging walks
Hedgerow fruit and vegetables really come to life when they ripen in autumn. And there’s nothing like the taste of crisp, rich apples, pears, pumpkins and blackberries to slip into a sweet meringue or bake in a pie. There are plenty of foraging walks around this time of the year where you can pick your own fruit and veg plus pick up some expert harvesting tips.
If you’re nearby, the Devon Wildlife Trust, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust arrange some wonderful foraging walks where you can pick and stroll with fellow fruit and veg lovers. The National Trust website will also have regular updates nearer the time to find a local event.
But if you can’t get to these places, remember that autumn fruitfulness lives almost everywhere. Elderberries and brambles can be found in the most urban of parks and overgrown gardens, while hedgerows are abundant with hazelnuts, sloes and dog rose. Get stuck in!
The best food fests
From artisan chocolate to cheese, chutney, fish and fizz, whatever your palate, there’ll be an autumn food festival to satisfy you. Local producers will be showcasing their finest fares this Autumn so grab a friend, an empty tote (and stomach) and explore our pick of the best:
1) Foodies Festival Christmas, Tatton Park
17th – 19th November
From discovering your new favourite tipple at Gin Alley to watching Great British Bake Off Stars live in The Cake & Desserts Theatre, you’ll leave full of exquisite foods and topped up with inspiration when you visit Foodies Festival Christmas at Tatton Park this November.
Take home recipes and top tips from MasterChef winners, Great British Menu stars and top local chefs, take a 12 Top Tips festive masterclass and shop for unique gifts in the artisan market. Remember to save time (and some stomach space) for scones in the vintage tearoom and maybe take the train since the Champagne Ski Bar will be hard to resist!
2) BBC Good Food Show Birmingham Winter
30th November – 3rd December
With over 450 exhibitors, top brands and independent artisan producers, BBC’s Good Food Show in Birmingham is set to be one of the biggest, tastiest days out yet. Watch Mary Berry in her element, pick up some pastry tips from Paul Hollywood and drool over James Martin’s rich culinary treats.
Fill your shopping bag with some of the freshest seasonal foods, many of which you won’t find on your local high street and snap those Insta-worthy dishes you can’t wait to recreate in your own Aga.
From Abel & Cole to Choctails and all the Cornish Cheese and Fever Tree in between, this is a serious no diet zone!
3) Northampton Winter Food Festival
11th – 12th November
Get ready for the run up to Christmas (you’ll want to run off all the food and drink you eat here!) at the Northampton Winter Food Festival this November. From limited edition cheeses, only available at the festival, to MasterChef finalists revealing their favourite Christmas recipes, it’s the perfect excuse to indulge with friends and family.
Shake up your own unique concoction in a fabulous cocktail class, watch top chefs demo delicious cuisine and satisfy every one of your taste buds at the exotic street food market.
From vegan feasts to traditional hearty fayre, Christmas is all wrapped up with an edible bow at the Northampton Winter Food Festival.