Hey there, autumn! Fill up the new page on your calendar with these must-eat events from Friday 4 September
The kids are back at school and the capital is feeling cooler, but we're staying firmly outdoors with a fine crop of foodie events to fill up the week. You know what they say: new season, new stuff to go and eat.
They definitely say that.
Line up your buns at Little Bao
With signature dishes like Iberico lamb tartare, truffle fries, Szechuan fried chicken buns and salt ice-cream with caramel, you can bet Little Bao will get a big queue.
Monday 7 September to Sunday 13 September. Book a table here.
Swing a flamingo at the Chambord Chapter Eight Games
In case you still need convincing that flamingos have officially overtaken pineapples as the kitsch motif du jour, Chambord is hosting a rooftop croquet party next week using their feathered friends as mallets to celebrate Alice in Wonderland's 150th anniversary (no fake birds will be harmed during the playing of the game).
There'll be raspberry liqueur cocktails, Franco-American burgers from Le Bun and the chance to master a posh new sport (or not), with the newly-opened bar and roof terrace at the Hothouse Building as your rabbit hole. Curiouser and curiouser …
6-10pm, Thursday 10 September to Sunday 13 September. Croquet tickets £5, available here.
Meat your match at Grillstock
Laughing in the face of all who thought that summer was over, Grillstock will be feeding 40,000 barbecue fans in London this weekend. It's Europe's biggest barbecue event, so you'll need an appetite to match.
Cheer on your greediest pals in the the legendary hot dog, chilli and hot wings eating contests, sample the wares of dozens of teams competing to be crowned king of the barbecue, and dance low 'n' slow – there's no other way when you're full of this much brisket – to the Fun Lovin' Criminals, Grandmaster Flash and Hayseed Dixie until it's time to roll home.
Saturday 5 September and Sunday 6 September, Chestnut Field, Walthamstow. Tickets from £30, book here.
Get the Hemsley + Hemsley glow
They're the impossibly radiant faces of healthy eating in 2015, and probably the reason you've got 'spiraliser wrist' and a cupboard full of coconut oil. Now the Hemsley sisters are teaming up with the Soil Association (we know, glam) to launch Organic Beauty Week with an intimate evening at Whole Foods in Kensington.
Pop along to hear the sisters talk about their favourite 'glow-giving' foods, sample some of their famous organic recipes and get your copy of The Art of Eating Well (hardback, Ebury Press, RRP £25) signed.
7-10pm, Tuesday 8 September. Tickets £15, available here.
Scoff butterbeer ice-cream at The Making of Harry Potter
Calling all sweetoothed muggles, big and small: it's the last weekend of the Sweets and Treats showcase at The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour.
Visit the Ministry of Munchies to learn how the films' prop artists made floating puddings, jelly slugs and sugar skulls, spot the difference between Hogwart's banquets and Diagon Alley's finest street food, then feed your belly as well as your imagination with a scoop of butterbeer ice-cream. Wizard.
Until Sunday 6 September. Tickets from £33 for adults and £25.50 for kids over 4. Book here.
Go loco at Poco
Expect seasonal local British produce to shine in dishes inspired by Spain, Morocco and Latin America at Poco, which opens on Hackney's Broadway Market on Monday. Already a big hit in Bristol, the tapas restaurant's London outpost will have an ever-changing menu, featuring ingredients from beloved suppliers like Kappacasein Dairy, Fish for Thought and Dagenham Community Farm.
Oh, and even better news: they're doing brunch! We predict the 'moorish scramble' will cause exactly that.
Opens Monday 7 September. Find out more here.
The air is chillier, the leaves are turning and it's the perfect time to eat marrow. Not the trendy bone filling, but the old-fashioned giant green vegetable – just like your grandad used to grow.
While we tear through their baby cousins, courgettes, as fast as our spiralisers will allow, marrow still gets a bad rep for being watery and bland. But cook it right and we promise it can be an autumnal delight – here are five fantastic recipes to try.
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