Food Matters Farmers Markets and Foodie Events in January

20.12.2017 / words: The Guide 2 Surrey

Farmers’ Markets

Ripley Farmers Market
Saturday 13th January / 9am to 1pm
Village Green
Milford Farmers’ Market
Sunday 21st January / 10am – 1.30pm
Secretts Farm Shop Car Park
Woking Farmers’ Market
Every Thursday / 9am – 2.30pm
Town Square, Woking
Cobham Farmers’ Market
Saturday 27th January / 9.30am – 1.30pm
Hollyhedge Parade
Farnham Farmers’ Market
Sunday 28th January / 10am - 1.30pm
Central Car Park
Epsom Farmers’ Market
Sunday 4th February / 9.30am – 1.30pm
Market Square
Haslemere Farmers’ Market
Sunday 4th February / 10am – 2pm
High Street
Guildford Farmers’ Market
Tuesday 6th February / 10.30am to 3.30pm
High Street


Westy Winter Beer Festival

Friday 12th – Saturday 13th January / West End Centre, Aldershot

Now in its fifth year, The Westy Beer Festival is the perfect way to kick off the new year. You’ll find over 50 real ales and proper ciders, with hot food and amazing live bands to enjoy. Sessions run on Fri 12th Jan, 7pm-11pm and two sessions on Sat 13th – 12pm-4pm and 6pm-11pm. Tickets to each session are just £5, and tokens can be purchased at £10 for 6.

As well as beers from fantastic local breweries there will be a great selection of ales and ciders from all over the UK, including some favourites from previous Westy Beer Festivals and some CAMRA award winners.  There’ll be bands and solo artists performing all over the weekend, with three bands per session. These include Spotlight Cannibal, Huw Eddie & The Carnival, Dead State, Red Means Danger, Rory Evans, The Landings, Rocket Kings and more.
All three sessions sold out well in advance last year, so advance booking is well advised! Tickets can be bought over the phone (01252) 330040 or from



Christine Bailey Supper Club

Book Launch: “The Brain Boost Diet Plan - 4 Weeks to Optimise Your Mood, Memory and Brain Health.”
Thursday 18th January, The Willow Health Restaurant & Bar, 16 The Triangle, Norbiton, Kingston-upon-Thames 
Price £31.71

Join esteemed nutritionist, author, and chef Christine Bailey  at The Willow for a supper club to celebrate the launch of her new book The Brain Boost Diet Plan - 4 Weeks to Optimise Your Mood, Memory and Brain Health.” The evening will feature a short talk from Christine about the book, a two course meal featuring sharing plates for starters and a main course from the book as recommended by Christine.

Closer to the event you will be emailed for your selection for the main course, there will be a vegan and a fish/meat option. (The Willow is a 100% gluten free restaurant). Your ticket will also include a 
signed paperback copy of the book (RRP £12.99) and automatic entry into a free prize draw to win one of the following prizes:
  • £50 voucher for The Willow
  • Optibac probiotics hamper
  • Indigo Herbs hamper
  • Nutri Link hamper
  • Iswari hamper
  • Pulsin hamper
  • Coyo hamper

To book visit Eventbrite and find out more about Christine at


The Salt Box Taste of Italy Supper Club

Friday 26th January 2018 - The Stone House Vinyl Cafe, Reigate
£35 per person, includes a welcome drink and a four-course dinner
Born out of a passion for local produce and seasonal ingredients, The Salt Box have set out on an adventure to bring people together through food and fire in and around the South East of England. Specialising in cured, smoked and pickled seasonal produce, they offer catering, pop-up events and open-fire group/private courses.
This January, celebrate Italy's finest winter flavours with a four-course tasting prepared by Christian and Beckie from Reigate-based The Salt Box. Seeking to celebrate Italian dining beyond pizza and pasta, they will be using a blend of Italian and produce local to Surrey to create a menu designed around the idea of sharing, putting delicious, seasonal ingredients at the centre of each dish.
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Australia Day Relaxed Wine Tasting

Thursday 25th January 2018 - 7:30pm - £15.00pp / Cellar Wines, Ripley

Warm your taste-buds in 2018 with a relaxed evening of wine tasting at Ripley’s fantastic boutique wine shop, Cellar Wines. Celebrate the range of wine-styles from our Antipodean friends down under, from classic wine-regions to wineries found off-the-beaten-track. You’ll enjoy a tasting of 5 wines of varying style & quality which will round off around 9pm, with the wine bar remaining open until 11pm so that you and our other guests can continue relaxing, with additional glasses of wine available to purchase on the night, along with delicious cheese & meat boards.

This will be a fun and sociable evening that is a great opportunity to drink epic wines and make new friends. So book now to avoid disappointment!

Please contact 01483 610 610 or email


Learn to Cook the Perfect Roast Dinner

Wednesday 31st January / Abinger Cookery School / £145

Many people make a New Year’s Resolution to master a new skill, so what could be more worthwhile than brushing up on your culinary repertoire? The art of the perfect roast dinner still remains elusive for many, even to capable cooks, but given the tantalizing range of accessible cookery courses offered by the Abinger Cookery School, it’s no surprise that they have the perfect course for those wishing to get the most from their roast, just like the professionals.

Let master chef Jake Pinn take you step by step through how to make the most delicious Sunday roast for your family.  He’ll teach you how to approach different cuts of meat, innovative ways to serve your vegetables and how to serve a rich and flavoursome gravy with no Bisto in sight.  Students are provided with all necessary ingredients and equipment.

If it’s something else you’re after, you’ll also find courses on everything from ‘Dude Food’ to tapas and street food, pasta, dim sum and many more throughout January.

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