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Two highlights not to be missed in St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Festival are the specially created #KidsCookalong recipe and the Mayor’s Charity Tasting Evening.

St Albans City and District Council, organisers of the festival, commissioned local food-writer, Ren Behan, to create a recipe suitable for 5-15 year olds to make themselves. The result is the healthy and delicious St Albans Seasonal Salad with ingredients that were traditionally sourced locally, such as watercress and goat’s cheese. The recipe is beautifully illustrated by Stu McLellan and is available online, in the events brochure and from the Charter Market on Saturdays 26 September and 4 October. Local schools, including St Peter’s and Fleetville Infants School, have got involved too, encouraging their students to have a go. Everyone can share their creations on social media using the hashtag #kidscookalong. 

Tickets are available now for the fantastic foodie treat that is the Mayor’s Charity Tasting Evening on Thursday 24 September. This event is a unique opportunity to learn from chefs from local restaurants including Tabure, Dylan’s at the Kings Arms and Freddies. The chefs will demonstrate, prepare and share samples of seasonal delicacies. Wine and cocktails will be available from Flagship Wines and Mokoko’s. There will also be a silent auction of quality prizes with all proceeds from the evening going to Keech Hospice Care. 

Get your tickets now for the Tasting Evening that starts at 7pm for 7:30pm at Poggenpohl Showroom in London Road, St Albans. The £20 tickets are available from the Tourist Information Centre and include wine or soft drinks.

Cllr Salih Gaygusuz, Mayor of St Albans City and District, said: “First I want to congratulate five-year-old Matilda [pictured] for the delicious-looking St Albans Seasonal Salad that she made; I hope everyone will enjoy making one. 

“I also want to invite everyone to join me for my Charity Tasting Evening that takes place during the festival. It promises to be an extremely entertaining time, with lots of opportunities to sample wonderful food. The event is raising much-needed funds for Keech Hospice Care, the wonderful charity that provides specialist palliative care for children in St Albans District and across Hertfordshire. Don’t miss out, please get your tickets today.”

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Councillor Salih Gaygusuz

Contact for the Mayor’s office: 

Alison Orde, the Mayor’s Civic Officer 

Tel: 01727 819544 


Contact for the press:

Ruth Boyer, Communications Officer, St Albans City and District Council

Tel: 01727 819316 


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1) All information about St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Festival, including the downloadable events brochure and the recipe for St Albans Seasonal Salad are available on the website.

2) The Mayor’s Charity Tasting Evening on Thursday 24 September takes place at 7pm for 7:30pm at:

Poggenpohl St Albans

100 London Road

St. Albans


Tel: 01727 738 111

3) Please note the following brochure corrections:

• Oktoberfest@The Foragers is on Saturday 3 October from 12 noon and NOT Friday 2 October. 

• The talk on “The History of Beers and Pubs in St Albans” is on Saturday 26 Sept at 4:30pm and NOT Saturday 3 October.

• The Supper Club Food Quiz at The Courtyard Cafe on Friday 2 October has been CANCELLED. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

• Oaklands College’s Great Food Fight is on Wed 30 September and NOT Thursday 1 October.


TOP: Five-year-old Matilda with the St Albans Seasonal Salad that she made

The illustrated recipe for St Albans Seasonal Salad (the full recipe can be downloaded from the Enjoy St Albans website)

ABOVE: The illustrated recipe for St Albans Seasonal Salad (the full recipe can be downloaded from the Enjoy St Albans website)