Hazel Roberts runs through the best local food and drink events coming up this year. Why not make it your resolution to shop local?
The new year always brings with it a feeling of making a fresh start and doing things better or differently in the year ahead.
Milton Keynes now has a vibrant and well-established independent food and drink scene and there promises to be a whole host of amazing markets and events once again in 2019, so why not make a resolution to shop local and support small businesses this year?
There are an impressive seven farmers’ markets that happen locally every month.
Olney and Winslow are on the first Sunday of every month. Wolverton takes place on both the first and third Saturday of every month. Stony Stratford is on the last Friday of every month and Newport Pagnell is the third Friday. Woburn pops up on the third Sunday of every month and Leighton Buzzard happens on the third Saturday.
In addition to these, a handful of local foodies can be found every Saturday in Odell’s Yard in Stony Stratford and every Friday there is a community market in the Old Bath House in Wolverton which offers a good range of local crafts and handmade foods.
If getting things delivered is more convenient for you then both Riverford Veg and Moorgate Farm have veg box delivery services.
The Old Bath House is also the location of the Wolverton Community Fridge and this is an excellent place to take unwanted food or to pick up food donated by shops and others.
They hold a café every Thursday, using their donated food, and all the food on offer is free, regardless of your circumstances. Look out for other community fridges popping up in 2019.
Fans of street food can look forward to enjoying more regular events during 2019 too.
Eat Street MK returns in March and then takes place on the 1st Friday of every month at York House, Stony Stratford. And Newport Pagnell Streetfood organise events on the third Friday of the month to raise funds for their big event and fireworks in November.
If you enjoy a tipple, then you will be sure to enjoy the annual beer festivals and the cider and sausage festivals that take place locally every summer. The MK Biergarten hold a monthly Bierclub and Wharf Distillery is one to watch for all things related to spirits.
There are annual events that are worth noting down in your fresh new diary. The Olney Pancake Day Race happens on Shrove Tuesday and in March, local cafes will be offering Mother’s Day afternoon tea specials.
For Easter, why not make a break from the supermarket eggs and support a local chocolatier such as The Chocolate Mill MK or Petite Cherie.
Stand out food festivals to catch in 2019 will be Althorp Food & Drink Festival in May, Frosts Food Festival in August, the MKFoodFest in September, the Northampton Winter Food Festival in November and Dickens of a Christmas in December. And don’t forget the Apple Day events that take place in October too.
So get yourself organised, make a plan and enjoy amazing local food and drink events. And don’t forget to pick up Celebrate:MK to find out what is happening every month.