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3 OF THE BEST... foodie events in May

Grillstock
An exciting line-up of meat, music and mayhem, Grillstock is the place to go for the ultimate barbecue session. Last year saw a chilli eating competition, barbecue fanatics showing off their skills in the hope to be crowned ‘King of the Grill’, and live music of the American south. Bristol 11–12 May. grillstock.co.uk.

Malton Food Lovers Festival
Turn up to Malton, Yorkshire’s food capital, with a rumbly tummy as this year’s food festival promises to be packed with treats. Tuck into fresh produce from market stalls, learn skills from experts like Antonio Carluccio and Tom Parker Bowles at the new cookery school tent, then relax with a glass of something cold from the beer, cider and wine festival. 18–19 May. maltonfoodfestival.co.uk.

Alresford Watercress Festival

You’ll come away from this quintessential English street festival feeling all wholesome inside. It’s a great free family day out at Alresford, Hampshire, where the market town celebrates its famous watercress crop. Expect cookery demonstrations, falconry displays, Morris dancers and a local farmers’ market. 19 May. watercressfestival.org.

Brain food

It’s the return of exam season. Groans aside, you can help send kids to the top of the class by feeding them up with these nutritious foods from foodforthebrain.org which have been proven to help improve concentration:

  • Slow-releasing sugars eg. oats, brown rice, wholewheat pasta
     
  • Fats found in oily fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel) or sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds
     
  • Fruit and vegetables such as broccoli, blueberries and tomatoes for vitamins and minerals

*Source: YouGov SixthSense 2013

CELEBRATING THE SANDWICH

White or brown? Crusts on or off? Classic fillings or off-the-wall ingredients? A sandwich is a very personal thing. In aid of British Sandwich Week, from 12–19 May, share your ultimate sandwich filling, or any sarnie musings with us @MorrisonsMag!

THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC

Yes, we know the UK has a fat chance of winning, but that’s not stopping us from tuning in with 125 million others to watch the Eurovision Song Contest. This year Malmö, Sweden, hosts the final on 18 May.

The Malmö Arena will be fitted with a brand new stage especially for the show, which allows the audience to get even closer to the Eurovision stars.

Why not make an event of it and hold your own Euro-party with our canapés inspired by the countries taking part

No biscuits required

When the munchies strike, we’re more likely to reach for a piece of fruit than a waistline-expanding treat, according to a recent survey*.

When quizzed about their favourite snack, 51 per cent of British adults revealed they opt for fruit over crisps, biscuits or chocolate. And while men snack purely because they’re peckish, the survey showed women will eat to satisfy a craving or simply to cheer themselves up. Kiwi fruit, anyone…?

*Source: YouGov SixthSense 2013

Dish of the day

It’s official: curry has overtaken classics such as cottage pie to become Britain’s favourite meal, with tikka masala topping the list and korma in second*. Yet three quarters of us have never made a tikka masala from scratch. Cooking curry is easy. In this issue Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar shows us just how easy it is. And to our delight, reveals it’s not as unhealthy as we thought!

*According to a survey by The Spice Tailor

May Dates for your diary

20–26 May
National Vegetarian Week. Could you go meat-free for a week?
Check out this issue’s rustic veggie dishes

21–25 May
RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Celebrating 100 years of gorgeous gardens.

27 May
Spring bank holiday and the start of the half term break. Double whoop!