Food & Drink Thursday, June 14th

Three foodie events in June that don’t feature Tinchy Strider

Food & Drink Thursday, June 14th

Three foodie events in June that don’t feature Tinchy Strider

So last weekend saw the return of the Hereford Food Festival at the racecourse. That meant Ted's Tacos, Solero cocktails and – in one of the more bizarre instances in musical booking history – a band called Bad Spaniel sharing a bill with Tinchy Stryder. 

But for the foodies out there, this whole month is one long amuse-bouche of successive supper clubs and themed feasting. Trust us, it’s not as hipster as that sentence sounds.

You might’ve missed Chase’s Open Farm last weekend, but check out these three events being put on by some of the county’s most creative caterers. Try saying that with a falafel in your mouth.


A Syrian Supper by Stoked Feasts

Stoked Feasts is the events wing of the Wild By Nature – a team who farm, butcher and cook the hell out of their meat at the foot of the Black Mountains.

They’ve recently branched out and, as well as running their quarterly ‘feasts’ out in the sticks, are putting on more informal nights. For this one, they’ve teamed up with the Hands Up Foundation for Syria and are throwing their (converted) barn doors open for a night eating Middle Eastern, and raising money to help support hospitals and schools in the war-torn country.

The menu’s a wood-fired stroll along the banks of the Euphrates with Stoked chef Jake Townley using local produce. And it’s BYO.

When: Fri, June 15

Where: Lower House Farm, Longtown.  HR2 0NT

Make Me Hungry:

They've got Mkhabasa in filo, goat's curd and sumac, smoked aubergine puree, walnut and pomegranate, welcome g + t, koftes, woodfired pitas, Freekeh, Tabouleh, humous and and honey yoghurt with pistachios.

More info/tickets/menu.



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The Secret Dumpling Club

Your friendly neighbourhood Asian-inspired pop-up is back. A regular fixture on these pages, Holland and Jake’s family-style banquets at the Bookshop in Hereford are fun, fanciful and hella filling.

This one is a concept album of a menu, taking you through a day from sun up to sundown – if your Mondays tend to feature kimchi takoyaki doughnuts and matcha 'n' malt ice cream. They explain it better themselves.

Same format as usual; tickets in advance, and food tends to be served on long, bench seating with dishes shared across the table, so play nice.

Where: The Bookshop, Aubrey St, Hereford

When: Mon, June 18

Make Me Hungry:

They've got bing pancakes and special sauce, takoyaki doughnuts, pulled noodles with a miso carbonara, pork/peking cauli bao and miso custard tarts.

More info/tickets/menu.


Flavours of India by Tom Lynch

The Bookshop hands over the keys to one of its chefs for the night, who IS promptly taking the opportunity to take things to the sub-continent for the night.

With a menu drawing from a load of different Indian regions, this is not your average Korma And A Few Stellas kind of night. There’s a coal-smoked curry. I don’t even know how that works, but it sounds tastier than the cast of Love Island.

It’s billed as another ‘feasting’ night – which by now I’m assuming is 2018’s street food – so expect lots of courses. But save some room, that dessert looks like a right sort.

Where: The Bookshop, Aubrey St, Hereford

When: Wen, June 27

Make Me Hungry:

They've got papadums with homemade chutneys and raita, lamb raan with yoghurt, tarkha dhal and beetroot raita, Jerusalem artichokes, coal-smoked aubergine curry, cumin and fried onion rice and mixed veg pakoras, mango lassi and pan-fried pineapple with cardamom ice cream.

More info/tickets/menu.


If you don't mind driving, there's also a prosecco festival in Bristol and a food and drink festival in Cheltenham, both this weekend. Or a little closer to home, on Friday Hereford's best Iranian chef's throwing together a Persian buffet to celebrate to the Lion Hearts making the World Cup.

Trust us, it's worth heading down for Ali's stuffed dough balls alone.

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