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Dr Patrick Harding
Dr Patrick Harding

Pick of the crop

Diners at Michelin-starred Fischer’s, Baslow Hall, are being invited to pick their own lunch – in the hotel gardens.

TV botanist Dr Patrick Harding (pictured below) is leading a special event where guests forage for unusual foods in the gardens, then return to the restaurant for a three-course lunch that includes produce gathered in the surrounding area.

Foraging for Food takes place on Tuesday, May 21, starting with coffee and an illustrated talk at 10.30am.

Tickets are £55 including wine with lunch. Details: www.fischers-baslowhall.co.uk

Blazing a trail

It’s best feet forward for Sheffield’s new real ale trail at 4pm on Saturday – as part of the city walking festival. The trail, led by walker Rob Haslam, will take in a tasting and tour of Woodstreet Brewery and a free half-pint in four real ale pubs, finishing with pie and pea supper. Tickets £25: www.realaletrails.co.uk

Derbyshire’s fair share

Celebrity chefs Valentine Warner and Rosemary Shrager lead the line-up at Derbyshire’s annual Food & Drink Fair this weekend. In addition to cookery demonstrations, the two-day extravaganza – at Elvaston Castle near Derby – aims to be a family day out and also to support local traders and producers with more than 150 stalls.

african summer

Things are hotting up for Saturday’s kemia evening at the Harland Café in John Street. At least, organisers Absolutely CousCous are hoping for warm weather as they serve a feast including Algerian summer meze – weather permitting, in the courtyard.

secret blend

Community food project Blend hosts its fourth supper club tomorrow (Friday). The meal, with a British theme, takes place at a secret venue, discovered via cryptic clues revealed only to diners. More details: 07854 983 197.