Knowing what seasonal food you should be buying each month can get confusing. So Stylist has put together a simple guide on the best fresh produce you should be munching on month by month. Plus, special foodie events to get excited about.
It’s the London Restaurant Festival from 4-18 October. Highlights include a pop-up eaterie on the London Eye and Stylist’s Gourmet Odyssey bus (londonrestaurantfestival.com).
WHAT TO EAT: Figs, beetroot, monkfish, mushrooms and quince.
Mexican eaterie Wahaca opens a new outpost on London’s Wardour Street, while St Nicholas Fayre in York, 25–28 November puts a festive spin on local produce.
WHAT TO EAT: Pumpkin and wild mushrooms – perfect for a risotto.
Heston Blumenthal launches his new restaurant Inner at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel, London (mandarinoriental.com/London), on 1 December.
WHAT TO EAT: Cranberries, parsnips, Brussels sprouts.
Pollen St Social, the new central London restaurant venture from former Maze chef Jason Atherton, opens. We’re particularly excited about the promised dessert bar.
WHAT TO EAT: Seville oranges. They’ll brighten up a dull January day.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s fabulous new cookbook The River Cottage Cookbook is out this month – expect loads of exciting recipes using the very best local produce.
WHAT TO EAT: Rhubarb and oranges = rhubarb and orange crumble.
Celebrate Shrove Tuesday at the Olney Pancake Race, in Olney, Bucks – a 500-year-old ritual where local women dash from the market to the church frying pans in hand.
WHAT TO EAT: Get fishy – salmon and oysters are in season.
It’s The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards (theworlds50best.com) – the Oscars of the dining world – where 2010 saw Copenhagen’s Noma knock Spain’s El Bulli off the top spot.
WHAT TO EAT: Whip up a seasonal crab and new potato salad.
With demos, a food market and big name chefs, Dorset’s Christchurch Food & Wine Festival (christchurchfoodfest.co.uk; date to be announced) is a great food event.
WHAT TO EAT: It’s asparagus season – lightly steam and dip in butter.
Taste Of London Food Festival (tastefestivals.com/London), 16-19 June, is a great mix of Michelin-starred restaurants, big name chefs and artisan producers.
WHAT TO EAT: It’s Wimbledon, strawberries are rife – life is good.
Bristol Wine & Food Fair (bristolwineandfoodfair.co.uk; date to be announced), celebrates local south-west goodies, with exhibitors including Bristol Beer Factory.
WHAT TO EAT: Ripe tomatoes, juicy peaches and basil.
London restaurant Moro won Observer Food Monthly’s best last year and their fifth cookbook Casa Moro – packed with more deliciously unique recipes – is out this month.
WHAT TO EAT: A great month to grow peppers, tomatoes and beans.
High times, London’s BT Tower restaurant on the 34th floor is due to reopen autumn/winter 2011. The best bit? The restaurant rotates providing amazing views of the city.
WHAT TO EAT: Blackberries, pears, plums. Sponge and custard, anyone?