What’s New…plus five of the best autumn food festivals

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Whale of a time

Close encounters with your very own whale as it  surfaces from the depths of your porridge…  The Natural History Museum’s ceramic bowl featuring a sperm whale makes breakfast a whole load more fun

Sperm whale bowl £15 from nhm.ac.uk

Oliver Cromwell gin

Gold medal winner at this year’s International Wine & Spirits Challenge, Aldi’s Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin has a potent citrus aroma and a clear, crisp flavour and costs less than a tenner

Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin, £9.97/70cl from Aldi stores

North End Road Food Market

The vibrant meat, fish, fruit and veg market in south-west London began life in the last years of Queen Victoria’s reign. This September it celebrates its 130th birthday with a special edition market including 150 stalls, live music and entertainment

North End Road market special edition, 23 September, Fulham London SW6, visit lbhf.gov.uk/business/markets/north-end-road-market for details

16599884816_4916d9c3ce_hFive of the best autumn food festivals


Fifth year of the meat and booze fest majoring in whole roasted beasts, open flames, a dedicated craft beer section, live music, talks and workshops with meat-minded chefs

Meatopia, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane,  London E1W, 1-3 Sept, meatopia.co.uk

Go Organic

Over 100 stalls plus an organic farm with real animals, beer tent, cooking demos and talks on organic life-styles

Go Organic, Battersea Park, London, 8-9 Sept, goorganicfestival.co.uk


Wales’s largest food festival is 18 this year and has everything for the enthusiastic food lover: tours, forages, feasts, demos, music, markets and a farmyard. Speakers include Tom Kerridge, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Darina Allen and Olia Hercules

Abergavenny Food Festival, 16-17 Sept, Monmouthshire Wales, visit abergavennyfoodfestival.com

Arley Hall

All the usual suspects including talks and demos plus cooking in a camper, foraging walks and a cake-off

Arley Hall Food Festival, 23-24 Sept, Northwich, Cheshire, visit greatbritishfoodfestival.com/arley-hall


Over 90 (mostly local) food and drink producers selling  raw milk, organic vegetables and sourdough bread. There’s award-winning beer, cider and spirits from local brewers Adnams and  Aspall, plus  streetfood, cookery demos and talks by an array of chefs

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, 23-24 Sept, Snape Maltings, Nr Aldeburgh Suffolk, visit aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk

Photo credit: Aldeburgh food festival at Snape Maltings, Jemma W via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-ND