FORK TO FORK
London, 16 June
Now in its third year, Thomasina Miers and Laura Harper-Hinton’s one-day festival in Kensal Rise is quick becoming a CODE favourite. Last year saw a sell-out food extravaganza and this year promises to be just as good. Expect appearances from restaurants such as Kitty Fishers and Portland, as well as chefs including Margot Henderson and Skye Gyngell. With Beavertown and Camden Town Brewery doing the bar and all for a good cause (The Open Air Classroom Project), this looks set to be a day of great day out for all the family. You’ll find us at the open firepit.
BLACK DEER FESTIVAL
Eridge Park, Kent, 22 – 24 June
CODE has been known to get down and dirty to a bit of Americana so were delighted to hear about the launch of a new food and music festival dedicated to it. Located in Britain’s oldest deer park - Eridge Park, Kent - this festival looks set to be any meat-lover’s dream. One of the highlights is their “Live Fire” area featuring open-flame cooking, spearheaded by Jon Finch and Ben Merrington (of Grillstock fame), as well as demonstrations on foraging, butchery and knife-making from master craftsmen. Neil Rankin and Romy Gill will also be amongst the chefs offering masterclasses and there will be a BBQ Cookout Competition.
PUB IN THE PARK
Tunbridge Wells, Kent 6-8 July
Knutsford, Cheshire 7-9 September
Tom Kerridge? Check. Two different UK destinations? Check. Some of the UK’s best loved chefs and restaurants cooking up reasonably priced food as well as demonstrations? Check. What’s not to love about Pub in The Park? Though two of the four dates of Tom Kerridge’s roving pub, restaurant and music festival have already occurred, these remaining dates look to be some of the most exciting yet. With Kerridge’s own The Hand and Flowers in residence, as well as Café Murano and Paul Ainsworth in attendance, Kerridge looks set to bring about one hell of a party. CODE is most excited to see what Stephen Harris and The Sportsman will be serving.
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire 2 – 5 August
Often regarded as the jewel in the UK festival crown, Wilderness 2018 looks magical. Famous for their long table banquets (for 400 seated diners) this year sees Yotam Ottolenghi returning to the stove as well as Joel Åhlin and Filip Fastén of Agrikulur (recently awarded a Michelin star). CODE’s highlight might just be their All Star Banquet; a 5-course feast featuring a course each from Lee Tiernan, Merlin Labron-Johnson, Tomos Parry, Robin Gill and Terri Mercierca. Couple this with The Chef’s Table (a 24-seater restaurant overlooking the lakes) with James Lowe and Sam Buckley appearing and The Counter – an open kitchen showcasing Som Saa & Quality Chop House – and it’s a case of where to begin?
Norton Disney, Lincolnshire 23 – 26 August
When CODE heard that Dishoom were building their own restaurant installation at Lost Village festival this year our ears pricked with anticipation. On discovering that this outpost would be serving their signature bacon naan rolls, we knew there would be the best cure available the next morning after a night partying in the woods. Then add Tribal Banquets, this year featuring Lee Westcott and Dan Cox collaborating on a one-off menu for Cook for Syria, and a Hawksmoor Sunday Feast, and this looks set to be one of the best-fed festivals of the summer. This year it will debut The Eating House, which will showcase restaurants such as Breddos Tacos and 26 Grains.
Kingham, Oxfordshire 24 – 26 August
Another year, another Big Feastival. Back to Alex James’ big house in the country we go. With long-table discussions, Cottons Carribbean Rum Shack pop-up restaurant, a cookery school and Alex James Cheese Hub, 2018 is set to be their biggest yet. There plenty of new-gen stars like Merlin Lebron Johnson and Breddos Tacos mixed in with the cheese. And Marco Pierre White, Raymond Blanc and Pierre Koffmann are all confirmed. Wait, are we witnessing a renaissance of the 90s superchef? Wooohooo.
PX+ HOSPITALITY FESTIVAL
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire 24-27 August
When rumours first started circulating of a festival exclusively for hospitality people, we couldn’t be more intrigued. The first of its kind, this is a three- day festival - for the industry, by the industry. With an amazing roster of chefs, sommeliers, FOH, producers, each evening will see guest chefs cooking at the PX+ restaurant (such as Jackson Boxer and Maria Elia). There will also be a whole barn converted into a bakery with appearances from Oscar Harding and E5 Bakehouse. Amongst the many highlights for CODE is the butchery tent, where
a whole pig will be prepared by butcher Joshua Applestone and cooked by headline chefs, as well as the discussions at the Let’s Talk About It barn, curated by Cook it Raw’s Alessandro Porcelli. There’s a rumour CODE might also be exhibiting. Watch this space.
London 31 August – 2 September
To see some chefs get dragged over the hot coals always fills CODE with delight. The meat-sweat-soaked Tobacco Dock this year has debuts from Jeremy Chan, Sam Bryant, Freddy Bird and Ben Davy, alongside Meatopia veterans Yotam Ottolenghi, Nud Dudhia and David Carter. There is also a raft of international fire-cooking stalwarts including Lennox Hastie of Firedoor in Sydney, Athanasios “Tommy” Kargatzidis of Baron in Beirut and Aleksey Burov of Smoke BBQ in St Petersburg. We’ll risk it for a brisket.
Portmerion, Wales 6 – 9 September
Ahhhh Portmeirion. CODE finds it hard to think of a town with more character and charm. This picturesque town is the setting for Festival No.6, now a firm fixture in the festival circuit. As well as a Welsh produce market, there is also Dinner at Clough’s, where a line- up of Michelin starred chefs will be hosting one-off dinners, in a historic dining room overlooking the estuary of the River Dwyryd. Chefs are yet to be announced but CODE is looking forward to seeing their selection.
GOOD LIFE EXPERIENCE
Hawarden, Flintshire 14 – 16 September
Axe throwing and fermenting? Count CODE in. Now in its fifth year, Cerys Matthews’ festival is set to celebrate all the “Good Things” in life. This family-friendly festival includes Apron cooking with children as well as a Middle Eastern feast from Honey & Co. Their Campfire Cooking Sessions also include Damian Clisby of Petersham Nurseries cooking a feast and Tom Hunt showcasing sustainable vegetarian food. All very wholesome.
ABERGAVENNY FOOD FESTIVAL
15 – 16 September Monmouthshire, Wales
Abergavenny Food Festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year and it’s going to be a rocking party, with Grace Dent, José Pizarro and Gill Meller featured in the line-up. There will be a 100 Years of Women in Food event featuring Sybil Kapoor and Jane Baxter, as well as cookery demonstrations from Anna Jones and Gareth Ward. There’s also much to learn at Abergavenny, from The Cookery School with classes from Honey & Co. and Skye McAlpine, to tutored tastings from people like James Whetlor, who’s ‘Got Your Goat’. A perfect way to end the summer.
REST OF THE WORLD
Copenhagen, Denmark 26 – 27 August
Founded by René Redzepi in 2011, this event has become one of the most important events in the culinary calendar. Held in a red circus tent in Copenhagen, MAD has ballooned from 300 attendees in its first year to 3,500 for 2018. A non-profit exercise which brings the cooking community together, each symposium focuses on a different subject area and hosts talks, discussions and workshops with an aim to encourage change. The focus of this year’s MAD Symposium couldn’t be more timely; as the restaurant community (and the world at large) has been rocked by stories and experiences of women and the treatment of minorities and immigrants, talks this year will look at how to create a world with more opportunity and openness. CODE applauds them.
MACHINE DU VIN
Camon, France 31 August - 2 September
Machine du Vin is a new festival in the South of France brought to us by Australian juggernaut Wine Machine. The three-day music, wine, food and arts festival will happen in the ancient medieval chateau of Abbaye Chateau de Camon. As well as a music line up including Bonobo, 2MANYDJS and Hercules & Love Affair the festival will include wine stomping, long table lunches and glamping in the chateau’s spectacular grounds. The festival is on from 31 August till 2 September so a perfect opportunity to take a long weekend before the summer comes to a close.
This article was first published in Issue 15 of CODE Quarterly.