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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 3-9 Sep 2015

You know, now school’s back in the weather is bound to get better.  Might as well take advantage of it, I say.  There’s plenty going on outdoors this week – music, food, more food, and even more food – and there’s a spot of indoor culture as well for the evenings.  Enjoy, lovelies!

Eat up!

This weekend offers a veritable feast for Hertfordshire food lovers.  If you’re prepared to hop in the car, you can cram in not 1, not 2, but 3 food festivals before squeezing back into those work clothes come Monday.  Loosen those waistband, lovelies, and pick up your forks!

Taste of Berkhamsted


A brand new food event hits Berkhamsted this weekend – Taste of Berkhamsted looks delish and is drawing on the fab range of local food producers in around the town.  There’s plenty to choose from and lots going on, so it looks like it’ll be well worth a nibble.  Tickets in advance are cheaper (hoorah!) and they’re on sale at all sorts of places round town.  They’re going like, er, hot cakes, though, so don’t hold back…

Hitchin Food and Drink Festival, Market Place and High Street, Hitchin, 5-6 Sep


Chef Martin Burke dishing it up at last year’s festival (Photo: Kasia Burke Photography)

Join in the foodie fun at the Hitchin Food and Drink Festival.  The Market Place and High Street will be jam-packed with delicious morsels to sink your teeth into – or to take home to share (ha!) with the family later.  Not only that, but there are demos and all sorts going on throughout the day: check out the programme for the skinny (or not so) on the weekend’s shenanigans.

Hatfield House Food Festival, 5-6 Sep, 10am-5pm

jean christophe

If you can wait until Sunday to head over to the Hatfield House Food Festival, you might get a taste of the delicious Jean-Christophe Novelli, who will be their dish of the day.  There’s plenty else there to tickle your taste buds, mind you, with more than 30 stalls and live music – as well as plenty of activities to keep any children you have in tow happy.

Haresfoot Folkfest, Haresfoot Brewery, Berkhamsted, 5 Sep, 5-11pm


And if you like your refreshment of the more liquid variety, Haresfoot Brewery will be serving up all sorts of interesting locally-brewed pints this weekend – along with some great bands to help it all go down nicely – at their Haresfoot Folkfest.  They’ll be at Taste of Berko the next day, too, only without the music – and possibly with a bit of headache…

Haresfoot Brewery, 2 River Park, Billet Lane, Berkhamsted,  HP4 1HL,

Music on the Farm, Battlers Green, Radlett, 5 Sep, 6pm-midnight


Gareth Gates?  Really?  Yup.  He’ll be doing his West End thang at the Battlers Green Farm musical extravaganza (their word, not mine) this weekend – and all in a couple of great causes.  If you’ve not been to Battlers Green Farm before, this is the perfect excuse – great shops, including the delightfully browsable Hertfordshire Craft Collective (don’t miss it – it’s tucked away round the back), the gorgeous Espiritu Salon and Spa, and a cafe that I’ve heard is brilliant but it’s always been too full to get into when I’ve tried (good sign, that).  Anyway, ‘Music on the Farm’ is all about a great day out, lots of music, and some other bits and bobs to add to the experience.

Battlers Green Farm, Common Lane, Radlett, WD7 8PH,

Potato Shindig, Willows Farm, London Colney, 5-12 Sep

potato shindig

Get out and get properly muddy (always a good thing!) in the Potato Patch at Willows Activity Farm over the next week or so – and dig for victory!  Or for spuds, which is pretty much the same thing.  Good wholesome family fun, digging for tatties, doing potato-based arts and crafts (did you cut them in half and dip them in paint when you were little, too?), and watching walking-talking potato fella ‘Spuddy’ in his own show.

Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, London Colney, AL4 0PF,

Herts Open Studios, all over the place, 5-7 Sep


Herts Open Studios kicks off this weekend, with artists of all sorts throwing open their doors across the county.  Seriously, the list of people and places is much too long to go into here – check out the brochure on the Hertfordshire Visual Arts website instead.  And it’s not just painters: there are jewellers, metal workers, printmakers, ceramicists, photographers, sculptors, you name it.

Othello, Hertford Theatre, 9 Sep, 7pm


Iqbal Khan got all sorts of critical attention with his recent RSC production of Othello, with lots of praise for his decision to cast a black actor in the role of Iago for the first time.  Catch an encore screening at Hertford Theatre next week – spot of mid-week culture? – and see how good it really was.  Othello is played by Hugh Quarshie (who you’ll either know from Star Wars or Holby City) and Iago by Lucian Msamati.  It was a massively groundbreaking production, so it’s a great second chance to catch it.

Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS,

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