With the arrival of spring, the new selling season gets underway in earnest with street food events, markets and foodie courses to keep you busy this month. Let’s not forget that Pancake Day falls in March this year and at the end of the month mothers will be looking for some pampering and good food for Mother’s Day.

March kicks off with a Curry & Quiz Night at 7pm on 2nd March at York House. Join the Riverside Parks Group to raise funds for the Riverside Festival. Expect questions to challenge the best, great food and entertainment throughout the night. Curry will be cooked by Saf’s Kitchen and the bar will be open to help lubricate your brain. Tickets are £12.50 each and are available from Odells, York House or online at https://wegottickets.com/event/461803

Pancake Day this year falls on 5th March and once again the famous Pancake Day Race returns to Olney. The race takes place just before 12 noon and ahead of that the market place will be filled with a pre-race buzz and plenty of opportunities to tuck into pancakes.

On the 8th March, Bandit Street Food comes to MK Biergarten for the March edition of Street Food Friday. Also at the MK Biergarten this month, Oxford Brewery Tap Social will be taking over the taps on 1st March, the MK Bierclub on 11th March will be themed around Fruit Beers, and live music events will take place on 17th March for Saint Patrick’s Day, with Irish Hare and on 30th March with Rob Bray.

Following the success of last year’s event, the 10th March sees the return of Wolverton’s Second Annual Chilli Cook Off. Running between 12.30 and 5.30pm at the Bath House, this chilli cook off competition will include 3 categories: professional, including restaurants, street food traders and professional chefs, amateur, open to anyone not in the food business, and vegetarian, open to anyone. There will be trophies and cash prizes for the winner and the kudos of being the champ for the year. Refreshments will be provided by Bang Tidy Bars and Taco Shack will be serving up chilli from different states of America, from fiery 5 Alarm to Chilli Verde (green chicken). With tastings and games throughout the day, there will be something for all the family.

On 12th March there is Kids’ Pizza Making at The Betsey Wynne. It will run between 4 and 5pm and will offer the children a chance to make their own chef’s hat, roll their own dough, add toppings and have it cooked by the pizza chef in the woodfired oven. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12 and £9.95 per child. To book, ring 01296 720825.

The next Preserves Making Course at Coldsmoking Cookery School will run on 15th March between  9.30am and 2.30pm. Spend a morning learning the techniques behind the traditional methods of food preserving from award winning jam maker, Jam Moo Kow aka Hazel Roberts. Suitable for the absolute beginner or those who would like to refine their technique or attempt new recipes, this course covers jam and jelly making, chutney making and other preserving techniques. A light lunch will be provided by start-up business Scone Quest and will provide an opportunity to taste the preserves made on the course on delicious sweet and savoury handmade scones. By the end of the session you will have a selection of preserves to take home and you will feel enabled to continue making preserves in the future.

The March instalment of Food Truck Friday takes place in Newport Pagnell on 15th March between 5 and 9pm. Joining regulars Taco Shack, Eat Is Greek & Sizzlers Street Food will be Baja Cantina. Serving the traditional Canadian classic poutine – crisp fries topped with squeaky cheese curds and homemade gravy. Serving up hot drinks and dessert will be belistore.  Their Madagascan vanilla infused hot chocolate topped with blow torch toasted marshmallow has been described as ‘the best in the country’ and their Belgian chocolate brownies, finished with popping candy, make customers repeatedly return for more.

This month’s Eat Street MK street food session is combined with other foodie stalls to make up the Eat Street Spring Market. Taking place on 16th March between 12 and 5pm at York House, Stony Stratford, the event offers street food, drink, music and stalls. Hot food will be on offer from Good Times Café, Baja Cantina, Little Oven of Joy, The Healthy Jamaican Kitchen and Soul Shack Chicks. Concrete Cow Brewery will be running a bar, and the artisan food stalls include Geoff’s Real Artisan Bakery, Open Air Foods, Jam Moo Kow, Fistful of Spice and The Chocolate Mill MK, with Outhouse by Hand selling handmade items in wood, Branch Out MK with local seasonal flowers/plants, Epitome Jewellery and The MOD Pod with Vinyl & music related items.

Nonna’s in Woburn Sand will be holding a mini Street Food Fest on 23rd and 24th March. They recommend that you wrap up and warm your bellies with some of the best, new exciting food stalls, German style beer tent and awesome entertainment. Confirmed vendors include Good Times Cafe UK and La Crêpe Franglaise all weekend and Baja CantinaAVegetativeState and The Rub – Wood Smoked BBQ on Sunday only.

On 23rd March the Great Brickhill Gardening Club will be holding a local produce market at the Old Red Lion, Great Brickhill event. The event will run from 10am until 1pm and will include 10 local producers set up at the rear of the pub in their garden area. A variety of local crafts, gardening products and foodie sellers will be there including Jam Moo Kow’s locally grown and made jams, chutneys, marmalades and curds, Kaur Spice’s spice blends, Three Locks Farm with locally reared meat, honey and eggs and Willow Tree Distillery’s locally distilled gin.

Finishing off the month will be a new event from MK1 – Street Food Heaven. The live sports venue will be bringing you the finest street food vendors, live musicians and live sports on their numerous screens between 12 and 5pm on 31st March. Street food will be on offer from Sizzlers Street Food (Burgers), Kaur’s Spice (Authentic Indian Cuisine), Stu’s Oven (Wood Fired Pizza), Crumb De La Crėme (Desserts and Cakes) and Baja Cantina (Poutines and Fries).

Don’t forget that Mother’s Day falls on 31st March this year so keep an eye out for local cafes and independent restaurants offering deals on afternoon tea and Sunday lunches – there are plenty of places out there advertising their special menus and deals!

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 You can keep up to date with all the latest news in the local food scene by liking our facebook page at Artisan MK Food & Drink. We also have an email list so that we can directly email food producers and interested customers to let them know about upcoming food events that we hear about so please send us a message via facebook to let us know if you would like to join our mailing list. If you would like your event to get a mention in future editions of the blog, just email with the details.