FOOD MATTERS Farmers Markets and Foodie Events this February
01.02.2018 / words: The Guide 2 Surrey / image: Aviator by Tag
Epsom Farmers’ Market
Sunday 4th February / 9.30am – 1.30pm
Haslemere Farmers’ Market
Sunday 4th February / 10am – 2pm
Guildford Farmers’ Market
Tuesday 6th February / 10.30am to 3.30pm
Camberley Artisan and Farmers Market
Saturday 17th February / 10am – 3pm
Milford Farmers’ Market
Sunday 18th February / 10am – 1.30pm
Secretts Farm Shop Car Park
Woking Farmers’ Market
Every Thursday / 9am – 2.30pm
Cobham Farmers’ Market
Saturday 24th February / 9.30am – 1.30pm
Farnham Farmers’ Market
Sunday 25th February / 10am - 1.30pm
Central Car Park
Haslemere Farmers’ Market
Sunday 3rd March / 10am – 2pm
Guildford Farmers’ Market
Tuesday 6th March / 10.30am - 3.30pm
Ripley Farmers Market
Saturday 10th March / 9am to 1pm on the second
Of course, no mention of foodie events in February can ignore the cupid in the room: Valentine's Day! The most romantic meal of the year (arguably) beckons so head over to our Guide 2 Valentine's Day Dinnner Dates blog for our pick of the best dining spots on the 14th February.
Valentine’s Cupcake Classes
Sunday 11th February / Victoria’s Kitchen, Woking
Victoria’s Kitchen is the home of Victoria Gadsdon’s fabulous cupcake decorating parties and classes, available in Woking, Surrey and Norwich. Victoria shares her passion for design and baking through wonderfully interactive classes in her Cake Classroom Studio that appeal to young and old (anyone with a sweet tooth and a creative spirit, basically).
So for a romantic introduction to sugarcraft, why not try Victoria’s Beginner’s Taster Class with a Valentine’s twist. You will be given 6 freshly baked cupcakes ready for decoration. During this crash course in sugar craft you’ll learn how make your own modelling paste, how to use various tools of the trade including shaping tools, moulds and cutters, and how to make envelopes, tattoo hearts & gorgeous little chocolate boxes! At the end you’ll leave with these boxed up for that special someone, in a Victoria’s Kitchen bag and a recipe and tips sheet.
Victoria will also be running a Parent & Teen Valentine's Cupcakes class on 13th February for some half term creative, yummy fun for you and your favourite 12-16-year-old.
Find out more at victorias-kitchen.com
George Egg: DIY Chef
Wednesday 21st February / 8pm / West End Centre, Aldershot
Tickets: £14 (£12)
Following a total sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2017, comedian George Egg returns as the DIY Chef, mashing together cooking, power tools and other household equipment and huge laughs to inspire and instruct the audience to think divergently and act resourcefully.
In George Egg: DIY Chef, a health scare sees George banished from the family kitchen, but relocated to the garden shed his imagination and resourcefulness lead him to build an improvised kitchen there instead. During an inspiring and inventive evening of stand-up, live cooking and comedy lecture, George prepares a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner using, amongst other things, a wallpaper stripper, a heat gun, a paper shredder and a whole host of other power tools, office equipment, hair-dressing appliances and gardening implements. And perhaps the best part: the audience gets to eat the food at the end!
This is unlike any other comedy you’ve ever seen, so don’t forget to bring an appetite!
Book tickets at hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/west-end-centre and find out more about George at georgeegg.com
Greater London Vegan Festival
Saturday 17th Feb / 10.30am – 5pm / The Kia Oval, Surrey County Cricket Club, Kennington Oval,
The Festival is organised by Farplace Animal Rescue, a UK animal rescue who help specialist cases like FIV+ cats and have helped many animals in need from across the UK. All the profits from the festival will directly help animals. The aim of the festival is to promote a vegan diet, sustainability and animal welfare in a positive atmosphere. The profits of the event go to the charity which helps care for and rehome animals that have been rescued.
The festival will host approximately 100 stalls mainly featuring food though there will be charity, beauty, clothing and wellness stalls with various talks taking place throughout the day.
Find out more at greaterlondonveganfestival.com
The Brain Boost Diet with Christine Bailey
Wednesday 28th February / Primal Roost Café, Bagshot
Primal Roost is Bagshot’s awesome café and pantry dedicated to the super-nutritious food movements Paleo and Primal which eschew grains, dairy and processed foods for a healthier way of life. This month they’re welcoming back esteemed nutritionist, author, and chef Christine Bailey as she shares the Brain Boost Diet, her new book on 4 ways to optimize your mood, memory and brain health for life.
What you fuel your body with is at the core of your health and is even more true with the brain. Eat the right foods and you can profoundly affect your brain function now and in the future. Christine’s Brain Boost Diet Plan is a 4-week diet to cleanse and renew your brain and brain function. She will share her insights and make herself available to answer all your questions on nutrition and health.
Find out more at primalroost.com and christinebailey.co.uk
Jay Rayner: The Ten (Food) Commandments
Thursday 15th March / 7.30pm / Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking
Tickets from £19.25
The original Ten Commandments have very little to offer when it comes to the complex business of how and what we eat. Now the award-winning restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Jay Rayner has decided it’s time to act.
So join our very own culinary Moses in this audio-visual romp as he attempts to lead us to the edible promised land. He’ll explain why thou shalt always eat with thy hands, why thou should most definitely worship leftovers, and why thou must celebrate the stinkiest of foods. Plus he’ll invite thee to honour thy pig - and so much more besides.
Join the chair of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet as he sets out to provide hilarious guidance on the very best way to eat now. Includes Q&A and book signing.
Find out more at atgtickets.com
Porters, Stouts & Food at Inn at Home
Friday 2nd March / 7.15pm / Inn at Home, High Street, Guildford
Experience a selection of 5 amazing porters and stouts whilst enjoying Inn at Home’s choice of perfectly matched cheese and charcuterie. Their experts will be talking about food and beer matching, with a simple guide and some interesting suggestions to try at home. But above all, you’ll be enjoying the amazing beers with delicious cheese and charcuterie. Stout beers love stout cheese – and you won’t be able to get enough!
Find out more at innathome.co.uk
Kokova Chocolate Fair at Denbies
Sunday 25th March, 10am-4pm / Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking
Chocolate lovers – this is the ideal event to indulge your passion and discover the world of premium chocolates. Showcasing a selection of award-winning chocolates, handcrafted by skilled chocolatiers, Denbies will be offering a collection of chocolate-related stalls, selling and showcasing handmade chocolates, truffles, fudge, marshmallow and more. Enjoy browsing, sampling and buying the finest chocolates from across the UK.
Find out more at denbies.co.uk