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10 fab foodie (and drinkie) things to do this month

Fancy some foodie fun this month? Step this way for our pick of the tastiest crop of events happening in Herts and Beds throughout May.

Forage and cook with Totally Wild, Home Farm Glamping, Elstree, 13, 20, 26, 28 May

Fancy learning to forage in the wild, then actually making something edible with what you find? On this course, you’ll learn the art of foraging for the seasons with the experts from Totally Wild, from identifying edible species of plants, flowers and mushrooms to tasting wild syrups, salts and infusions. Then you’ll help to whip up a three course meal using the ingredients you’ve found. Delish!

World Food Festival, Welwyn Garden City, 14-15 May

Eat your way around this world at this showcase of international cuisine. From Vietnamese noodles and Polish pierogi to Paella, Jerk chicken and Korean BBQ – you’ll find it all for the gobbling here! There’ll also be a world music stage, acoustic stage and cookery demo stage, plus a kids entertainment and picnic area. Perfect way to spend a sunny weekend (fingers crossed!)

The Great Cobbled Veggie Cook Off, The Cobbled Kitchen, St Albans, 16 May

Learn how to, well, cobble together a meal from what you have with the cooks at St Albans’ Cobbled Kitchen – just one of the many events taking place as part of St Albans’ Sustainability Festival. Just bring along one veg on the day and you’ll be shown how to whip up a tasty dish by mixing and matching the ingredients they have.

Cook lighter summer meals on your Big Green Egg, The Outdoor Kitchen Collective, St Albans, 21 May

Barbecue season and al fresco dining is upon us, and if you’ve invested in a Big Green Egg (or are thinking about it), go along to this morning masterclass with chef Ross Anderson. He’ll run you through making healthier BBQ dishes, how to get the best from your barbecue and techniques for cooking over fire, and how to source the best cuts and ingredients. Plus you’ll get to eat dishes like salmon en croute, ultimate chicken Caesar salad, dirty bavette steak sarnie and a mushroom and miso burget… Mouth. Watering!

Create and Grow Wild Ivy Retreat, Puttenham, 22 May

This mindful day retreat will teach you how to forage for edible flowers as you enjoy some mindful walks, natural arts and crafts and guided meditations. You’ll also try some nourishing snacks and flower bowls as well as a plant-based lunch.

Wild gin tasting, Puddingstone Distillery, near Tring, 26 May

Here’s a good excuse to drink gin (not that we’ve ever needed one!). All proceeds from ticket sales to this event go straight to the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to help protect local species like bats… in fact the distillery’s Ultrasonic gin was created in homage to them and their awesome echolocating skills, using a special ultrasonic process. You’ll get to try the gin and learn about how it’s made, then head outside to spot some bats with a wildlife expert from the Trust. Plus £2 from every bottle of Ultrasonic gin goes to the Trust, too! Win, win.

American Street Food Feast feat. Elles Bailey, Saffron Hall, 28 May

Don your stetson and fringed jacket to enjoy the dulcit tones of Bristol-based blues and roots singer, Elles Bailey, while chowing down on an Americana inspired foodie feast (Jambalaya and Mississippi mud pie!) and paired American pale ales.

Warden Abbey Vineyard Tour, 28 May

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Enjoy a leisurely walk around Bedfordshire’s community-run vineyard (morning or afternoon tours available), to learn how to run a working winery and look after the vines, before sampling the wines. Bring a picnic to enjoy amongst the vines and pretend you’re in Bordeaux!

Letchworth Food and Drink Festival, 28-29 May

Head to Herts’ other garden city for another super tasty weekend – part of the four-week Letchworth Festival. There’ll be stalls selling hot and cold morsels, street food, cooking demos and barbecues offering sizzling delights as well as buskers providing the entertainment throughout the centre of the town.

An Evening with Melissa Hemsley, Chorleywood Bookshop, 30 May

CREDIT: Sarah Malcolm

Health conscious foodie, Melissa Hemsley, will be making mouths water as she talks about her new cookbook Feel Good, packed with inspiring but fuss-free recipes for quick dinners, make-ahead lunches and warming dishes for cosy nights in. How do spring veg broth, fried halloumi rainbow salad and three-ingredient chocolate pots sound?

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