Grab your coat, we're going out. Here are the best events to feed your greed in London, from Friday 2 October
Via: Courthouse Hotel
Great news! October is here, and it's brought all the best food events.
Where else in the world can you pick apples, eat a three-course bottomless brunch, meet some famous bakers, cosy up in a rooftop ski lodge, eat a burger for charity and play pudding roulette all in the space of a week?
Nowhere, that's where! Good job, London.
Sweeten up the weekend at the Cake and Bake Show
Now that the Bake Off is nearly over for another year – what? No! Say it ain't so! – you'll have more time on your hands to put all that cake-spiration into practice. And there's nowhere better to pick up ideas and tools than at The Cake and Bake Show, which will be carbo-loading visitors at the Excel Centre all weekend.
Schmooze with the likes of Eric Lanlard, Greg Wallace and Bake Off alumni John Waite, Jo Wheatley, Nancy Birthwhistle, Francis Quinn and Edd Kimber, sample some of the country's greatest baking and find out what's new in the world of pies, pastry and sugarpaste. Don't expect to leave empty-handed, or hungry.
Friday 2 October to Sunday 4 October. Adult tickets £12 in advance. Book here.
Sink a bottomless brunch at Asia Cuba
Yet more proof that London's brunch scene knows no limits, swish Chino Latino joint Asia de Cuba is launching its three-course bottomless brunch tomorrow.
Fill up on unlimited cocktails or Perrier-Jouët champagne, and chow down on the likes of breakfast tortilla with chorizo, eggs and spicy beans, Cuban benedict with barbecue pulled pork and chipotlaise sauce and Cuban toast made from crispy sweet brioche, coconut and almonds with guava purée and mascarpone.
Then, just as you think you might actually die from joy, they'll give you an unlimited round of Mexican doughnuts and dipping sauce. Taxi!
12-4pm, every Saturday and Sunday. Bottomless brunch from £48 per person. Book here.
See how you like them apples at Morden Hall Park
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There's good stuff at the end of the Northern line, you know. Bosh your five-a-day and have a rustic romp to boot at Morden Hall Park's apple day this Sunday.
Explore the National Trust's beautiful riverside park and nature reserve, then visit the Victorian stables for a harvest celebration. With apple tasting, apple pressing, apple printing and other apple treats to keep visitors sweet, it should be enough to ward the doctor off for months.
11am-3pm, Sunday 4 October. Free entry. Find out more here.
Go apres-ski in Soho
You could go skiing … or you could skip straight to apres-ski (clearly the best bit anyway) without having to venture beyond Soho, at the Courthouse Hotel's cosy new rooftop ski terrace.
Thought rooftops were just a summer obsession? Nope! Heated, candlelit and swathed in furry blankets and plush furnishings to keep out the chill, the Soho Ski Terrace will serve up a new menu of cockle-warming drinks like hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps and whipped cream, a 'Rooftop Warmer' with maple whisky and dark chocolate syrup and the 'Hot Sierra Blazer' featuring gin, cinnamon, hot apple cider and nutmeg. Oh, and sticky toffee pudding. Bring on the first frost.
Try London's most benevolent burger at MEATLiquor
Eat burgers for charity! It's a real thing, we promise. Legendary London carnivores MEATliquor, MEATmarket and MEATmission have teamed up with tapas master Nieves Barragan Mohacho of Barrafina fame, to create a limited-edition burger with a Catalan twist.
The Barrafina burger features a signature MEATliquor beef patty with topped with Ermesenda cheese, deep-fried panko-coated rice morcilla sausage, Mojo picon sauce, Russian dressing and house pickles (that's all Spanish for delicious).
And to help it go down extra easy, £1 from the sale of every burger will be donated to Action Against Hunger. Order one, or 20, before 1 December.
Try your luck on the Temptation Wheel at The Savoy
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How many times have you wished someone would take away the burden of choosing a pudding at the end of a meal? ALL THE TIME, right? Right. Thankfully we can now leave dessert decisions in the hands of fate, with The Savoy's new Temptation Wheel.
Invented to celebrate the new evening menu at the hotel's Thames Foyer, a spin of the Temptation Wheel will choose you a chocolate dessert and co-ordinated cocktail. It could be a caramelised mille-feuille made with ginger chiboust cream, roasted mangoes, passion fruit caviar and caramelised puff pastry, or textures of 63% Gran Blanco dark chocolate served in an edible coco pod, washed down with a blend of Grey Goose, rosé, muscat, St Germain and raspberry syrup or Woodford Reserve, quince liqueur and salted almond. And breathe. The best bit is, it's not even gambling – they're all delicious.
Book a table here.