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Tennerfest and Autumn Food Festivals

Guernsey bistro

October is a great month for eating with Tennerfest and Autumn food festivals across the islands in an autumnal seasonal celebration of fantastic local produce. From freshly caught fish to delicious dairy produce and dishes with more unusual locally sourced ingredients such as samphire grass, it’s harvest time heaven for foodies!


1 October – 11 November 2014

Jersey and Guernsey‘s six week celebration of the best locally sourced, freshly cooked island food. Designer menus and creative cuisine at fabulous set prices from over 200 participating restaurants, hotels, pubs, bistros and cafés. Enjoy mouthwatering 3 course set menus starting from just a tenner (the origins of the name) or choose from a range of fixed price offers for £12.50, £15, £17.50 and £20. Watch this space for the eagerly anticipated menu releases at the end of September!

Alderney Autumn Food & Drink Festival

13 October – 1 November

For the second year in a row, Alderney is featuring its finest freshly sourced food with an exciting programme of cookery demonstrations, workshops, wine tasting, Halloween suppers, an Oktoberfest beer festival and a challenging Alderney Masterchef Competition. Take part or tuck in, it’s not to be missed!

Jersey – La Fais’sie d’Cidre

18 – 19 October, 10am – 5pm

October is apple harvest time in Jersey and islanders celebrate in traditional style at Hamptonne Country Life Museum. Watch the horse powered machinery crush the apples and then help squeeze the pulp on a press ready for the barrels and fermenting process. Plenty of apple related activities for the whole family with live music, food stalls and craft demonstrations. Adults £7.90, children £5, Jersey Heritage and Jersey Pass holders, free.

Jersey – Black Butter making

23 – 25 October, 2 – 5pm Thursday, from 10am Friday and throughout the night until 1pm Saturday

Jersey Black Butter contrary to its title does not contain any dairy produce! The black sticky sweet syrup is in fact made from apples and is another unusual autumnal apple product made throughout the island and entails constant stirring throughout the night. Join in the with the annual Black Butter making at The National Trust for Jersey Headquarters, The Elms, La Chève Rue, St. Mary and take part in this traditional free event.

Autumn harvest basket

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