FOODIE FOCUS: MARCH
From cupcake decoration to vegan mastication, Elouise Hobbs casts her hungry eyes over the gastronomic goings-on of the month.
Oasis Cardiff Pop Up, Kemi’s At Pontcanna, Cardiff, Wed 11 Mar
Regulars at Kemi’s will be well aware of the amazing dishes created in the small Pontcanna kitchen by the mother-and-son duo. Over the years, they have grown a reputation for innovative menus that focus on fresh, local ingredients, and this month are hosting a special supper club alongside Oasis Cardiff, with a five-course meal that hopes to showcase food and culture from around the globe. In addition to the food, there will be a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available to buy on the night, including Kemi’s ‘special’ cocktails.
Tickets: £25. Info: www.eventbrite.co.uk
Raw Chocolate, Superfoods And Energy Balls Masterclass, Soul House Yoga, Cardiff, Sun 15 Mar
With Easter coming up, learn how indulgence and health can combine. Chocolatiers and nutritionists Rebecca and Rhiannon will lead the masterclass which will include everything you need to know about making gluten/dairy/refined sugar-free treats using raw chocolate. Attendees will learn how to incorporate superfoods into their cooking and make nutrient-packed energy balls alongside the sweets. There will also be a chance to taste some chocolate during the plant-based afternoon tea, which is included in the ticket price. After the workshop, participants can take home their handmade chocolates – finished with gift wrap and a tag – alongside the recipes so they can recreate the treats at home.
Tickets: £40. Info: www.soulhouseyoga.co.uk
Vegan Thai Banquet Brunch, Barnabas Arts House, Newport, Sun 15 Mar
South Asian cooking is one of the more sustainable world cuisines – many of the dishes are vegetarian or vegan and are usually comprised of local ingredients and spices. Now, the Vegan Thai Banquet Brunch is set to bring this dining experience to South Wales. Diners will be able to enjoy a vast array of authentic Thai dishes served on top of banana leaves around a large table, traditional Thai family-style. Dishes on the night will include the renowned son-in-law tofu, which is baked with a sweet tamarind dressing, yellow curry and butterfly pea rice, all finished with a coconut and mango dessert. The event is bring-your-own, so remember to take a bottle.
Tickets: £27.68. Info: www.barnabasartshouse.co.uk
Cupcake Design Course, The Beacon Centre, St. Mellons, Cardiff, Thurs 19 Mar
Two-hour course wherein attendees will learn how to use piping nozzles to design delicate, edible flowers, just in time for Mother’s Day. Beginning with the basics of cake design, everyone will be guided through the intricacies of sugarcraft and piping techniques and will finish the workshop with their own bouquet of flower cupcakes. All materials will be provided and there will be a raffle to win a cupcake decorators’ starter kit.
Tickets: £22.50. Info: www.eventbrite.co.uk