Competition – Win tix to Taste of London this weekend

Jun 20, 13 Competition – Win tix to Taste of London this weekend

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As my regular readers will know, last year I went on a cruise with Celebrity Cruises and ate and drank very well indeed. This weekend, Celebrity Cruises will be at the Taste of London and I’m running a small competition to give away a pair of tickets and a Taste of London recipe book. Renowned for its culinary offerings, Celebrity Cruises is the first ever cruise line to exhibit at the Taste of London Festival (20-23 June) in Regent’s Park. Bringing its very own ‘Star Bar’ to the festival, Celebrity Cruises’ stand will offer food and drink enthusiasts the chance to taste test some of the dishes served in the cruise line’s uniquely un-ordinary restaurant, Qsine, and watch executive chefs showcase skills such as sushi lollipop making. Visitors to the stand will also be able to take part in wine tasting sessions led by sommeliers and sample some of the rare wine collections available on board Celebrity Cruises’ ships. WIN! Celebrity Cruises is offering one lucky visitor to The Wine Sleuth website the chance to win two Saturday tickets to the show, together with a Taste of London recipe book. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic foodie-themed prize, answer the following question by What is the name of Celebrity Cruises’ uniquely unordinary speciality restaurant? a)         Cuisine b)         Qsine c)         Taste For more information about Celebrity Cruises, visit TO ENTER: Just drop me an email ( with the correct answer and if I draw your name out of the hat, you’re on your way to Taste on Saturday. Good luck! I’ll pull a name out of the hat Friday 21st June at 3pm. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Win a pair of tix to Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Film4 Summer Screen is returning to Somerset House from 16th to 27th August, and The Wine Sleuth has teamed up with the official wine sponsor of this year’s events, Bordeaux Wines, to offer a pair of tickets to one of the sold out performances – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (PG) on Sunday 26th August. All tickets are completely sold out so this is your chance to win tix. To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets for the performance, all you need to do is answer the following question: Q: Bordeaux is the home of grapes renowned the world over. Name one of the three most widely used grape varieties in Bordeaux blends. Tip – there is a hint here TO enter: leave the answer in the comment section at the bottom of this post. Our lucky winner will be able to enjoy Steven Spielberg’s wild, whip-cracking sequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark. The man in the hat is back when Harrison Ford returns as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The action comes thicker and faster second time around, as Indy’s search for a mystical stone leads him to a dangerous subterranean world and pits him against a sinister religious cult. Each evening a film will be shown on the giant screen with full surround sound under the stars. The series will offer visitors an exciting and eclectic line-up of classic, cult and contemporary films, enjoyed with Bordeaux wine by the glass or bottle. Alongside the films will be an accompanying programme of insider talks and special events as part of Behind the Screen, and ticket holders are invited to arrive early and listen to a line- up of London DJs. The official wine sponsor of this year’s events, Bordeaux Wine, from the South West of France has produced red, white and rosé wines for centuries. Bordeaux wines will be on sale at the Courtyard Bar and the CIVB will also be sampling wines...

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Frescobaldi – Italian wine competition!

Do you want to get to know Italian wine a bit better? The only way is to taste and to help you get your hands on some good Italian wine,  The Winesleuth has teamed up with Marchesi de Frescobaldi to offer you guys, my readers, the opportunity to win some fantastic Italian wine. I’ve got a vertical vintage case of CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (2003, 2004& 2005) to give away as first prize and two lucky runners-up will receive a magnum bottle of Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Reserva DOCG 2007. (Prizes can only be delivered to a UK mainland address). All part of Frescobaldi Fortnight at Caldesi in Campagna which runs from Wednesday 2nd October until Saturday 12th November. Read on to find out more… Paola Rocchi, Head Chef at the Frescobaldi’s CastelGiocondo estate, one of the most prestigious properties in the Montalcino area, will be leaving her Harley Davidson at home as she swaps the rolling Tuscan hills this November for the rather more tranquil landscape of Bray. Paola is originally from Acquapendente, a small town in the Lazio region, and is known as a quiet and studied woman who prides herself on traditional Tuscan dishes. Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi were struck by her cooking several years ago on their first visit to CastelGiocondo and have kept in touch ever since. “She adds a touch of magic to her dishes” muses Giancarlo “hers has all the flavour of home cooking brought up to a different standard”. It is for this reason the Caldesi’s have managed to persuade her to come and work with them for two weeks at their restaurant Caldesi in Campagna in Bray. “We are really looking forward to it”, says Katie, “I can’t wait to learn more tips and recipes from such a great chef. I will be interested to see what she thinks of our British produce and how she will use it. I am going to show her the game from our local estate, British apples and pears...

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Strawberry Shortcake and Bisol (food and wine matching competition)

Way back in March or was it April, I went to the La Dolce Vita show which was a showcase for everything, (what else?)Italian and was introduced to the lovely folks from Bisol prosecco. I fell in love with their prosecco, light and lively, lovely little bubbles- the perfect aperitif. Niamh of eatlikeagirl blogging fame has joined forces with Bisol to present the Jeio prosecco in a food and wine matching competition. The idea is to tell them what you’re perfect match would be with their Jeio prosecco. 5 finalists will be chosen and invited down for a cook -off at  Bibendum’s Wine office HQ. The winner of the competition will be invited down to dine at the Chef’s Table at the foodies favourite haunt,  The Trinity Restaurant in Clapham Common South. I’ve eaten at Trinity and it is delicious. So much so that I’ve decided to enter the competition with my Bisquick Strawberry Shortcake recipe. Roberto of Bisol recommended fresh strawberries to me when I was at the Dolce Vita show. I went home and dipped the strawberries in prosecco –  bliss! So I went one step further and made this childhood favourite, made with my favourite, Bisquick! Here’s my entry: Ingredients: 4 cups sliced, ripe strawberries                            1/2 cup sugar                            2 1/2 cups Bisquick mix (available from Waitrose)                             1/2 cup milk                             3 tablespoons sugar                             3 tablespoons butter, melted                             1 quart of whipping cream                                                                                   2 vanilla pods                                                                                  2 tablespoons powdered sugar For the shortcake: Heat oven to 425 degrees F, in a medium bowl, stir together strawberries and 1/2 cup of sugar, set aside In another  medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk, 3 tablespoons of sugar and melted butter until soft dough forms. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet, drop by 6 spoonfuls Meanwhile, take whipping cream, scrape vanilla pods and add to whipping cream, add 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar (or to taste) and whip until stiff. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Split warm shortcakes, layer bottom with strawberries and whipped cream,...

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