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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 1-7 Sep 2016

This week — apart from featuring that all important event, back to school, is a foodie’s delight.  Seriously, there’s some tasting to be done, so get on out there.  And some neat stuff in London, too.  Take time out.  Enjoy yourself.  Eat up.

An Afternoon with Diana Henry, The Junction Christ Church, Chorleywood, 6 Sep, 1pm

diana henry simple chorleywood

Ok, so it’s all bake off this, bake off that right now — but step away from the GBBO madness and indulge your inner savoury foodie.  Diana Henry will be talking about her latest cookbook, with showstoppers such as Turkish Pasta with Caramelized Onions, Yoghurt and Dill and Paprika-baked Pork Chops with Beetroot, Caraway and Sour Cream to Parmesan-roasted Cauliflower with Garlic and Thyme.  And, as if you need more temptation, there’ll be samples to taste!

Herts Open Studios, various venues, 3-25 Sep

herts open studios

One thing I’ve realised recently (sue me, I’m slow…) is that Herts is literally jam-packed with creative people — and I’m a little bit in awe of them (and maybe just the teensiest bit jealous).  Herts Open Studio, running for most of this month, is a great chance to check out what more than 200 local artists are up to.  And, if you like what you see, to take it home with you.

Wilkestock Charity Music Festival, nr Benington, 2-5 Sep


The little festival that could!  Wilkestock is family-run and has grown by word of mouth year on year.  Some big acts, and some that are teetering on the cusp of getting big. There’s also a cinema tent, where you can curl up on a bean bag and chill out.  You can camp there, or just rock up for the day — just £12 for a chilled out Sunday.  Result!

Hitchin Food & Drink Festival, Market Place, 3-4 Sep, 10am

hitchin food and drink fest

Food, drink, demos, stalls, tasting — a positive cornucopia of gastronomic goodies and culinary delight.  Pop on your eating pants, grab your fork and get on over there!  And make sure you’re in time for a plant-to-plate cookery demo aimed at kids with Emma Goulding, from Muddy Award winner CookeryEatery, and Aletheia Mashiri, who’s been hobnobbing on the telly recently with none other than Monty Don.  Starts at 10.45 outsides Waterstones and it’s sure to be popular!

Taste of Berkhamsted, Ashlyns Hall Field, 4 Sep, 11am-4pm


More foodie delights on Sunday — this time at Taste of Berkhamsted, now in its second year.  Tastings, demos, entertainment, live music — all in the (fingers crossed!) sunshine, and all raising money for local charities The Hospice of St Francis and DENS.  And check out Masterchef 2015 The Professional’s Scott Barnard on the demo stage — as well as local chef Luke Garnsworthy.

Holoscenes, Exchange Square, Broadgate, London, 1-4 Sept, 5-10pm

london burning

There are a load of events going on right now as part of London Burning, marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.  Surely one of the most intriguing is Holoscenes — a six-hour underwater performance installation by Los Angeles-based company Early Morning Opera, inspired by water and society’s troubled relationship with it.  Here’s what happens: in a giant aquarium, people struggle to get dressed, clean, read the paper and so on as water ebbs and flows around them, all accompanied by an other-worldly soundscape broadcast from inside the tank. I so want to see it.

St Paul’s Lates, St Paul’s Cathedral, 2-3 Sept, 6-9pm

st pauls

For just 2 days, St Paul’s will be open late — and they’ll be actively encouraging you to take photos (something on which they normally frown).  It’s part of the London Burning series, too, so you’ll see objects that were scorched in the fire (honestly, you think they’d have cleaned up by now…) and their Out of the Fire exhibition.  You can visit the Crypt, too, or just walk around taking it all in.

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