St Albans is marking the 10th anniversary of its autumn food and drink festival with an 11-day event that will celebrate the growth of artisan food and drink providers in the city as well as its strong pub heritage.
The St Albans Food and Drink festival takes place from 27 September to 7 October and two major highlights of the festival are the Street Feastival on 1 October and the St Albans Beer and Cider Festival organised by the Campaign for Real Ale 27-30 September.
The city is marking the 10th anniversary of its autumn food and drink festival with an 11-day event that will celebrate the growth of artisan food and drink providers in the city as well as its strong pub heritage.
The Street Festival will see 100 market traders, pop-up restaurants, cafes and pubs, serving up a wide range of dishes inspired by flavours from around the world, including Lebanese, South African, Spanish Caribbean and Moroccan.
For those who love a tipple there will also be a gin distillery and micro breweries as well as wine tasting and cocktails.
The Everblades Pop-up Village Green in Market Place will showcase the city’s thriving pub culture with pop-up versions of many of the city’s pubs on the green, which will be located in the same place that the city has held a market since the 9th century. Roger Potz, one of the world’s leading writers and editor of the Good Beer Guide. Potz describes St Albans as the “pub capital of the UK” as it has 50 pubs in and around the city, with real ale being a big feature of most.
The headquarters of CAMRA is in St Albans and the city also lays claim to having the oldest pub in the UK. Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, which is located in Verulamium Park and was once the third largest Roman town in Britain, dates back to 793 AD.
Sustainable Saturday closes the festival on 7 October with a series of events, talks and demonstrations about food and sustainability.
I think this all sounds rather exciting!