It’s the first day of December and the first advent calendar window is now open. If your mind is starting to turn towards buying presents for the adults in your life, then I have an idea: come along tonight to the Harpenden Wine & Food Tasting evening, hosted by Rollings Wine Company. This could be a perfect gift solution for the awkward partner, Dad or colleague – you will be able to taste and buy interesting wine, food and courses and avoid last-minute Christmas shopping. Or you can come along to treat yourself.
The Tasting evening is in Park Hall by the entrance to Rothamstead Park, Harpenden. Tickets are £5 each and there will be 40 wines to try. That does sound very good value. It will be a good opportunity to try some different wines and perhaps choose something for Christmas or any special events you have coming up. If you prefer you can pick up tickets in advance from the shop, or from Jay’s deli in Southdown, Harpenden.
Some of our local foodie companies will be there too, with things to sample and buy. Jay’s deli plan to showcase their pies and own-label sauces and chutneys. I have tried their duck and orange pie and it was delicious, so look out for that. This is a lovely local cafe that supports small producers, including Copley and Buckley honey, Redbournbury flour and The Flapjack Company flapjacks so if you can’t make the tasting tonight, pop along there another time. They sell cakes from The Pudding Stop too for afternoon tea which are worth the trip alone.
Karl Jelley is well-known in Harpenden for his excellent butcher’s shop. He recently started selling venison from the Luton Hoo estate, which would make an incredible Christmas lunch. Karl will be at the event, and can answer any questions you might have, and take orders for Christmas meats.
I will be there representing The Local Kitchen, along with Liz Marcy (ex-Waitrose Food Illustrated). We will be selling home-made snacks made with locally sourced ingredients to go with the wines. Our company does lots of private events as well as private cooking classes, so come and talk to us if this appeals to you. I’m always keen to hear about local foodie news too, so come and say hello.
If you really cannot buy your Dad socks again, how about a course in wine tasting? The Hertfordshire Wine School will be at the tasting, and you can talk to David Rough about the courses he offers, from beginner to Wine & Spirit Education Trust certification. If you have a wine enthusiast in the family who is a nightmare to buy for, a course might be a very good idea.
Email Rollings on firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, tickets etc. Time: 7-10pm.