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Restaurant Spring Announces September Food Writers Festival

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Spring, Skye Gyngell’s restaurant in the New Wing of Somerset House, has announced details of its first Food Writers Festival this September.

Four of the UK’s top food writers will host a programme of talks accompanied by afternoon tea.

Restaurant Spring Announces September Food Writers FestivalSpring

The festival will be an extension of Spring’s ‘The Salon Series’, where individuals discuss topics close to Skye’s and Spring’s ethos of simple, seasonal, ingredient-led food. A different writer will headline every Monday throughout September and will discuss their love of recipes, writing and the inspiration behind their latest works.

Held in Spring’s bright, foliage-filled Salon, the talks will commence at 2pm and will include a light afternoon tea and selection of house-made cordials and soft drinks for guests to enjoy alongside lively discussion. Lasting around two hours, the intimate event will include readings from the author’s books, a discussion surrounding the author’s chosen topic and a Q&A.

The Food Writers Festival will kick off on Monday, 3 September with writer Kay Plunkett-Hogge, author of many drinks and food books including ‘The Art of the Party: Drinks and Nibbles for Easy Entertaining’ (Mitchell Beazley, 2018) and ‘Adventures Of A Terribly Greedy Girl’ (Mitchell Beazley, 2018). Kay will be discussing her memories of food from growing up in Bangkok, which has provided inspiration for her upcoming book ‘Baan: Recipes and Stories From My Anglo-Thai Kitchen’ (Pavilion, Spring 2019).

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Skye McAlpine, writer, journalist, Instagram influencer and author of popular blog ‘From My Dining Table’ will be headlining on Monday, 10 September. Skye’s latest book ‘A Table in Venice’ was released earlier this year and tells the story of her life in Venice – an insider’s perspective on Venetian home cooking.

On Monday, 17 September, food writer, author, TV presenter and cook Rosie Birkett will entertain the Salon with her culinary musings. Based in Hackney, Rosie’s debut cookbook ‘A Lot On Her Plate’ was published in 2015 and she was named a rising star by The Observer the same year. Rosie will be discussing her most recent book ‘East London Food’ – a love letter to the East End’s burgeoning food scene. She’ll be talking about her experience as a food writer in London over the last decade, how the food scene has changed and how her childhood in Kent fostered a life-long love of food and cooking.

Olia Hercules, Ukranian chef and author of ‘Mamushka’ and ‘Kaukasis’, will round off the line-up with a discussion of her love for Eastern European food on Monday, 24 September. Focusing on the region of Caucasus, the vibrant area bridging Europe and Asia that includes Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran, Russia and Turkey, Olia will talk about her experience growing up in Ukraine and what inspired her to shed light on the food of this little-known culinary region.

Tickets for each event in September at Spring’s Salon will be priced at £35, including all refreshments, and are available to purchase at eventbrite.

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