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Gourmet on the Go!

Gourmet on the Go!
When not slaving away with only Twitter and mad dog for company, I occasionally have a 'life.' This usually entails cooking for friends, trying far too many wines, and the occasional entire day out. I will post my ramblings, recipes and recommendations here on the 'Gourmet on the Go' blog. Hope you find something of interest!


November 3, 2009

Taste of Christmas – Ticket Giveaway & Discount Code

Taste of Christmas - London ExCeL - 4th to 6th Dec 09

Competition Details:

Yes, Essex Gourmet have 4 pairs of wonderful ‘*Taste of Christmas’ tickets to giveaway!  The foodie event of the festive season, is returning to Excel London this December 4-6, 2009.

And the winners of the tickets are:

Becky Thorn – Surrey
Tom Gurling – Norfolk
Lynne Clark – London
Kally Wilde – Essex

Our Twitter Competition for open tickets for this fantastic event were won by: Gary Fenn – Essex.

Have a fabulous time on us people!  If you didn’t win, then there is still time to grab tickets at a discount price (see below for details.)

Taste of Christmas in partnership with Waitrose – 4th-6th December. 

Taste of Christmas Dec 09 - Discount Code

Discount Promotion Code

Tickets for Taste of Christmas 2009 are selling fast! Subscribers of Essex Gourmet can also benefit from a special ticket offer:

2 tickets for £32 (saving £12)!  Quote promo code “TASTE” when booking online at: or by calling 0871 230 7132

About Taste of Christmas : 

Taste of Christmas, the wintertime sibling of the sell-out summer show, Taste of London, is the first truly Christmassy event of the season.  It returns to London’s ExCel, for three full days of indulgent eating, drinking and shopping.

Dine at the finest restaurants, see top chefs at work, gather festive foodie inspiration and stock up on speciality food and drink from the country’s finest producers. As always, there are some huge names lined up to attend with the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Richard Corrigan, Jean-Christophe Novelli andAntony Worrall Thompson all making appearances.

For exciting updates on participating chefs and restaurants, visit

(If you would like exclusive access to the very best of London’s Restaurant scene join Taste Club now for a complimentary membership at

September 17, 2009

British Food Fortnight – 19th September to 4th October 2009

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If you need an excuse to buy local produce, now is the time.  The 8th British Food Fortnight runs from the 19th September to the 4th October, celebrating the diversity, premium quality and abundance of local, fresh seasonal produce throughout the country.

Numerous businesses, supermarkets, shops, farms, restaurants, pubs and schools are participating in this celebratory event to promote local British food at its finest.

British Food - Eat Well, Eat Local

British Food - Eat Well, Eat Local

From an Essex viewpoint, The Bell Inn, Horndon on the Hill are partaking in this national event by providing the best of local seasonal produce on their imaginative menus. 

It’s also a time to visit your local farm shops and farmers markets to indulge in the wonderful autumnal bounty that is on offer, from locally reared free range meats to delicious fresh & crisp vegetables.  For dessert, try a sumptuous tart or crumble with apples, pears or plums that are at their best right now; Lathcoats Farm Shop, Galleywood, provide over 40 varieties of their own orchard apples, as well as the best of local produce.

Marks Hall, Coggeshall hold their monthly Food Market on Saturday 26th featuring a wide array of local producers selling fresh and prepared meats, seasonal vegetables and fruit, bread and cakes, wines, beers and juices.  Try before you buy, or stock up on the ingredients to create your own local feast.

For the fervent foodie, this year’s Aldeburgh food & drink festival gets underway on the 26th of Sept for 10 days of celebrations.  The Festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast.  A showcase of over 70 local exhibitors, cookery demonstrations, walks, talks and fine local fare will greet you in what has become renowned as one of the most significant food and drink festivals in Britain.

For information on these events and more, visit:

Eat well, Eat Local!

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