With February kicking off with snowy conditions, it can be tempting to stay indoors but there are plenty of reasons to go out this month and you will always receive a warm welcome from the local food and drink businesses.

Starting on 1st February and running all weekend, The Drinks Shed are open for a Tasting Weekend . Find them at Cherry Lane Garden Centre, Potterspury and enjoy sampling before you buy. You can expect to find a selection of their gins open with recommended mixers and ways to enjoy as a simple cocktail. They will also be popping the cork on a selection of wine and fizz so you can find yourself the perfect accompaniment to your stay-at-home Valentine’s romantic dinner. In addition, Tim from Chafor Wine Estate will be present on Saturday 2nd Feb, giving out samples and telling you all about his local vineyard and the exquisite wines he produces.

With Valentine’s in mind, you will also find The Chocolate Mill MK at The Drinks Shed on Friday and Saturday with a selection of their special Valentine’s chocolates for you to buy. If you can’t get there in person then you can always order them online from their website. However, if you are considering really going the extra mile and fancy hand making your sweetheart some chocolates this year, then you can book yourself onto their Chocolate Making Workshop on 3rd February at Coldsmoking Cookery School, Great Linford.

Saf’Tastic Friday Curry Night returns on 1st February. If you have missed out on placing your orders for this month’s edition, look out for it returning soon or if you fancy learning how to make authentic curry yourself then Saf has a couple of beginner’s cookery classes on 23rd and 24th February at Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey. Book yourself a place now.

The outdoor market at Odell’s Yard returns on 2nd February after a short winter break. Pop along from 9am to shop from Open Air Foods with their fantastic selection of Cheese & Olives; Moorgate Farm with fresh, local vegetables; Kaur’s Spice with a delightful range of spice blends and Indian cooking advice and Anna’s Card Box with Flamingo Paperie Cards.

A new free 6 week cookery course starts on 5th February, run by MK Community Fridge. The Cookalong For Parents & Kids will be held at the Bath House, Wolverton on a Tuesday evening between 4-6.30pm.

Following the success of the community fridge at The Bath House in Wolverton another fridge is now open in the south of the city. Woughton community fridge opened in November 2018 at the Community Council Hub in Coffee Hall local centre and is open Mon 6-7, Tues 12-1, Wed 3,30 – 4.30 and Fri 9-10.  They have a throughput of around 120 -130 kg of food per week from Costco via a Church group and from a Tesco store. All the food collected is redistributed within about half an hour, mostly to local people. It is a parish council initiative aimed particularly at local residents and is proving a good way to build community engagement. Another fridge is planned to open shortly in The Chapel, Broadlands, Netherfield. Daisychain Children’s centre in Bletchley also have a community fridge and Great Linford Parish are working on opening a community fridge in Great Linford soon.

This month’s Bierclub at The MK Biergarten takes place on 11th February and this month offers the opportunity for dark beer tasting. On the menu will be stouts, porters, imperial dark goodies and black IPAs, including some special editions and rarities as well as some old favourites.

Of course, 14th February is Valentine’s Day so look out for special events and menus being offered by local cafes, restaurants and pubs. At Café Ole they are running a special meal and music night. Enjoy a live performance by Jack Randle, the sound of Sinatra whilst you enjoy a special meal for two tapa sharing menu. To check the menu and book your table, please follow this link https://oletapasbar.co.uk/promo/val.html. Early booking recommended.

If you have been missing your fix of the local street food during the winter then you’ll be pleased to hear that, due to popular demand, Newport Pagnell Street Food are returning in February. Catch them in Newport Pagnell High Street on 15th February then every third Friday of the month after that. This month the food vendors will be Taco Shack, Sizzlers, Eat is Greek, The Little Oven of Joy and Waffles on Wheels.

The 11th Annual Bletchley Seed Swap takes place at Freeman Church between 10am and 2pm on 16th February.  If you have every fancied growing your own food this is an excellent place to start as they have a range of interesting seed varieties available and plenty of gardening advice too. You can even learn how to use food waste in a wormery to make compost for your garden. Home made cakes and light lunches will also be available to purchase at the event.

The Buckingham Food Fair Takes place on 23rd February between 10am and 3pm in The Buckingham Centre, Buckingham. This year the stallholders include: Lola’s Ices, Modern Foodie, Baja Cantina, Replete Flatbread, Geoff’s – Real Artisan Bread, Crumb De La Creme, Milton Keynes Cup Cakery, Springfield Kitchen, Indian Orchard, Towcester Mill Brewery, Kaurs Spices, Reason To Season, Buckingham Fairtrade, Cindy’s Kitchen UK, MK Food Distribution and Elaine Goss.

As usual, the farmers markets will be running this month and here are the dates:

Sunday 3rd – Olney

Sunday 3rd – Winslow

Saturday 2nd and 16th – Wolverton

Friday 22nd – Newport Pagnell

Saturday 16th – Leighton Buzzard

Sunday 17th – Woburn

Friday 22nd – Stony Stratford

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