‘The oyster shucking is a riot’: readers’ favorite UK meals occasions in autumn | Food and drinks

Aw, shucks – oysters in Falmouth

Each October, I discover myself drawn to the Falmouth oyster pageant, the place contemporary oysters, pulled straight from the boats, are shucked earlier than your eyes. As you wander, the streets of Falmouth are buzzing with energetic music, bursts of laughter, and the salty scent of the ocean. In all places there’s a palpable vitality – people clinking glasses of chilled native ale, merchants calling out their contemporary catches and children dancing to impromptu tunes. And oh, these oyster-shucking contests? An absolute riot. You’ll be cheering, laughing, and perhaps even becoming a member of in. From 12 to fifteen October.
Hamish Lister

Eat your fill – with ghosts, York

York Meals and Drink pageant is a 10-day feast of wildly imaginative meals and drink-related occasions. There are strolling excursions, meals tastings and cookery workshops, but in addition food-related comedy, hen of prey shows and “Ghosts within the Gardens”. It’s the right alternative to get to know the historic metropolis in a brand new means. Browse the programme at yorkfoodfestival.com and dip in till 1 October. Later, on 21, 22, 27 and 28 October, there’s Yorktoberfest beer pageant on the racecourse.
SusannaFruity feast, Runcorn, Cheshire

Quince bagged on the market at Norton Priory, Cheshire. {Photograph}: Norton Priory Museum Belief Ltd

Quince and Apple Weekend is celebration of each fruit in a ruined abbey, whose grounds are dwelling to the nationwide assortment of tree quince. A hidden oasis on the finish of an industrial property, Norton Priory hosts the occasion each autumn. There are meals and produce stalls, crafts, music, animals and vegetation: magical on a mellow autumn afternoon.

Cooks uncorked, Dartmouth

The stalls and displays are throughout the city at this autumn meals occasion, so there’s no entry charge. There’s an enormous array of food and drinks on provide, and distributors are beneficiant with their samples. A number of the nation’s greatest cooks give free cooking shows in an intimate out of doors venue and, with its excellent harbour views, the gin tent is a should. There are some ticketed occasions, corresponding to wine tasting, however there’s a lot to get pleasure from without spending a dime that you just don’t need to lay our a fortune. Dartmouth meals pageant runs from 20 to 22 October.
Amy Cantelo

Dosas for Diwali, Leicester

The Diwali lights are switched on in Leicester. {Photograph}: David Warren/Alamy

For a lot of within the UK, autumn meals is synonymous with bonfire evening and harvest suppers. However for the folks of Leicester it’s the town’s Diwali pageant that sparks pleasure as winter attracts close to. From fragrant biryanis to delicate candy mithai, India’s culinary richness is showcased. Cafes on the town’s golden mile serve piping sizzling dosas, samosas and pakoras. Conventional desserts and confectionery corresponding to jalebi and barfi are a candy tooth’s dream. With authenticity and selection, this pageant brings the essence of Diwali to a bit nook of the east Midlands. Occasions begin on 13 October and Diwali Day is on 12 November.

Cereal fillers, Carrbridge, Highlands

The Scottish Highlands flip gloriously gold and radiant crimson in autumn – an ideal time to hitch the cooks and meals lovers converging on the village of Carrbridge, close to Aviemore. The Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship, on 7 October, now attracts a global oat-loving crowd to pattern all issues oaty – together with porridge pizza and piña colada-flavoured porridge once I went final yr. My try and make a porridge and pineapple cake was a catastrophe and met with reasonably harsh derision however it was enjoyable attempting. There are whisky tastings and a celebratory ceilidh to climax.
Nick Cox

Core tastes, Kent

Perry Courtroom Farm on the A28 lies in a valley under the North Downs at Wye. I’ve been feasting on their homegrown fruit and veg for many years and, after all, as we’re in Kent they’ve a cornucopia of orchard fruits. The Fermor household host a two-day Apple Fayre in mid-October, with proceeds donated to an area hospice. Reminisce concerning the harvest pageant shows of childhood, with the massive number of apples and pears they develop. 14 and 15 October.
Joyce Armstrong

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