Monday 8 April 2013

Sizzling Chilis and Aromatic Spices at LitFest

As you have seen from my blog over the past months I love to travel, and an integral part of every journey are the new foods and flavours I discover along the way. My recent trips have taken me to the aromatic marketsof Laos and the vibrant coast of Mexico, eating food in the paddy fields of Sri Lanka and the mountains of India. So I am delighted that we will be hosting a number of experts in far-flung cuisines bringing some spice to the LitFest proceedings!

We have Madhur Jaffrey, grand-dame of Indian cuisine, a long-time colleague of mine, giving a demonstration at the cookery school on Saturday morning. Her events tend to sell-out fast, so grab a ticket while you still can. On Sunday she is giving a talk in The Grain Store on our love of curry.

Then we have David Thompson, world-renowned expert on Thai food, and chef-patron of the world’s first Michelin Starred Thai restaurant, will be giving a cookery demonstration on Sunday morning. The air will be fragrant with the scents of chili, lemongrass and galangal and participants are guaranteed to be wowed at the final tasting! David is also giving a talk on Thai street food in the afternoon in The Grain Store which is sure to be a feast for the eyes and ears.

And if you're a fan of spicy food, but never know what wines to pair with it, then wine expert MaryDowey will demystify us on Sunday afternoon.

Also on Sunday, respected authority on Mediterranean food, ClaudiaRoden will be bringing us some Spanish sunshine, as she discusses her most recent book. 

Let's hope we have some sunshine for the weekend too!