This year, Eat Cambridge is lucky to have a number of lovely sponsors, many of whom provide our city with the very food and drink which the festival is all about celebrating. The festival simply wouldn’t be the same without their support, so make sure you check them out and don’t miss them at the festival.
Gog Magog is a Farm Shop, Deli, Butchery and Cafe on one of Cambridge’s few hills. Whether you are after great British cheeses, meat from their multi-award winning butchery team, store-cupboard essentials, a homemade ready-meal or a selection of wines, beers and spirits. The cafe serves Monmouth coffee and everything served is made in the kitchen, including the Great Taste Award winning Scotch Eggs and scones. Gog Magog source everything with provenance and quality high on the agenda so you can be sure whatever you buy it will be delicious. Plus The Shack is now the place to be for foodie and music events through the spring and summer
Burwash Manor is a group of converted farm buildings housing fifteen independent shops, a day spa and a delightful tea-room. The shops all stock the sort of unique finds that you won’t come across anywhere else – so it’s great for gift shopping. But for the dedicated foodie, The Larder is the place to head – a fully stocked farm shop complete with butchers, fresh fruit and veg, cakes and everything else you can think of (and great gin, we all need great gin!). What’s more, it’s situated on a working organic farm just 2 miles from Cambridge city centre so it’s a much more peaceful shopping experience than any high street.
Admit it. On your way to the Grand Arcade, you are always tempted to step inside the chocolate heaven that is Chocolat Chocolat. Every time you pass, you should really start dropping hints to your Significant Other about their fabulous Chocolate Tasting or Making courses. They sell buttons, bars and even chocolate bouquets – clearly a winner over flowers if you ask us!
If there’s one thing better than knowing where to find good food, it is knowing how to make good food yourself. And where better to learn than Looking To Cook’s 2013 Best Cookery School in the UK and Ireland? The Cambridge Cookery School offers a wide-range of welcoming, inclusive, hands-on classes, ranging from Knife Skills to Perfecting Pastry, and Summer Fish! to Global Food Safari. There’s a Parent and Child Baking Class, a Sourdough Master Class, and even a Chalet Chefs Course, catering to your every culinary education need.
The Snug cocktail bars (Cambridge is lucky enough to have two) are exactly what you want in a cocktail bar. Cosy and a little bohemian, with some great live music, and warm, friendly staff. During the daytime, you’ll find some super lunch deals, and a delicious all-day breakfast (we’re firm believers that breakfast should be available whatever time of the day). Visit at night and you’ll find an extensive and eclectic drinks menu, sure to excite any cocktail enthusiast, alongside real ale and cask cider (and for the record, a generous Happy Hour from 3pm to 9pm everyday).
Our festival friends include Cambridge Food Tour, a wonderful way to discover even more of the culinary gems the city has to offer; the elegant private members club 12a and independent, family-run Italian restaurant Don Pasquale, and the Cambridge Buskers Festival (if music be the food of love, play on, right?!).
And finally our media partners – Cambridge Edition are supporting us through their fantastic local magazine and weekly email event round-up, The Edit and you will be able to hear lots more about what’s going on via our broadcast partner, Cambridge 105.
Have you booked up your top events yet? Lots of them are getting full so get in quick! The brochure is now out and about so collect one in town or view it here.
* Written by our wonderful EC helper Emily Hinks.