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Channel Islands Food Festivals 2014

May time is foodie heaven!

The Channel Islands are proud of their culinary heritage and rightly so! With lots of mouth watering specialities such as Ormers, a strictly controlled seafood delicacy, Guernsey’s apple filled gâche mélée cake and Jersey’s Royal Potatoes with melted creamy Jersey butter as gastro staples it’s no wonder the Channel Islands food festivals have a lot in store for 2014.

  • Alderney Seafood Festival from 3 to 17 May

  • Guernsey’s Seafront Sunday starting on 18 May

  • Jersey Food Festival from 24 to 26 May

 

DDP_2652Alderney Seafood Festival

3 to 17 May

Kicking off the Channel Islands foodie heaven series is Alderney’s acclaimed Seafood Festival. With the islands naturally having an abundance of fantastic fresh seafood, Alderney’s chefs will be tantalising your taste buds with their culinary creations using the best of the islands lobster, crab and fish catches.

This years festival will offer something for everyone with fishy frolics for young and old alike; boat trips, sea foraging trips, sand-art and fishing competitions, and showings of sea-themed films. Other festival highlights include a sea themed exhibition by Alderney Art Club, bands on the beach and an opportunity to raise funds for Heroes on the Water by attending the Beach Ball.

Live music and quizzes take place at various times throughout the fortnight with the islands eateries offering special menus including seafood creole creations and ‘moules, frites and ale.‘ There will be a beer festival, seafood beach bbq and a chance to try local specialities such as ‘Milk-O-Punch,‘ a sweet milk based drink with a dash of rum.

Alderney Railway will be offering train rides and there will be a chance to learn how to windsurf. If that’s not enough for you and you’ve worked up enough of an appetite at one of the disco’s you can always take part in the scampi eating contest!

Guernsey’s Seafront Sunday

18 May

Following on from Alderney’s Seafood Festival you can always hop over to Guernsey and join the island’s ‘Seafront Sunday’ events. Taking place from 10am until 5pm at the seafront in St Peter Port, the roads will be closed as al fresco dining and cooking demonstrations take place. Lots of chances to sample local Guernsey dishes or join in with the crab picking and bbq competitions.

Guernsey’s ‘Seafront Sunday’ events also take place on 13 July, 10 August and again on 7 September as part of the September Food Festival which takes place this year from 4 – 7 September.

Jersey Food Festival

23 – 26 May

If that’s not enough for you or you’ve missed the Alderney and Guernsey food festivals, try Jersey’s food heritage celebration. Not only a gourmet seafood haven, Jersey is famed for the Jersey Royal Potato and its fabulous creamy milk and dairy produce from their lovely Jersey cows.

During the 4 day festival you can visit local farms and see the producers in action. Join in with wildlife foraging walks and learn about edible and medicinal plants whilst enjoying Jersey’s fantastic scenic landscape, alive with blooms at this time of year. Try a beach forage and learn about seaweeds and shellfish or find out about life as a fisherman in Jersey and then taste some of the freshly cooked catches.

Hamptonne Country Life Museum will be getting rustic with a showcase of local specialities in its ‘Pop up Feast’ whilst you can join in with some cider tasting and Supper at The Elms and learn about the islands apple orchard heritage.

Tennerfest

The islands early Food Festivals are a taste of what to expect later in the year at the popular Tennerfest, a 6 week event starting in October showcasing the Channel Islands restaurants, cafe’s, pubs and bars who will be offering a delicious selection of dishes with set priced menus.

 

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Posted by Christina

Christina's early memories include boarding a plane to visit Kuwait at the age of two and taking big family holidays in Scotland, Cornwall and France. After enjoying time teaching in London and Holland and marrying into a family spread from Ireland to the Channel Islands and America, it is no surprise that along with husband Julian they trekked around the world when three of their five children were small. Christina now runs the family company and writes and helps with the Travelsmith web and social media sites. Email: christinaclark@travelsmith.co.uk