Who cares if ‘Winter is Coming’ this week. We are more concerned with the fact that summer will soon be heading our way. And more important than that, is the news that the British Cured Meat Awards and Festival is back and after the success of last year, it is primed to be better than ever.

Yes, if you haven’t already heard, the whole shenanigans will be heading north of the river this year, on June 1st, 2019. We have a found a cracking new site in King’s Cross. Namely at Canopy Market, right next to Granary Square

This year there will be two sessions. A laid back, family orientated affair that will run from 11am-3pm, with face-painting and entertainment for the children. Then the party will begin at 4pm – going on till 8pm – where things will be cranked up a touch and the winners of the awards will be announced.

If that wasn’t good enough, all of the festival producers will also be trading as part of the regular Canopy Market the next day, on Sunday June 2nd. This will be unticketed and will simply give you the chance to return to King’s Cross – or visit for the first time even – for some more tastings, beer supping and general cured meat goodness.

‘What is the line up on the Saturday?’ – we hear you say. Well, in keeping with our remit of celebrating the great and the good of British Cured Meat, there will be a host of activities and stalls to peruse and enjoy. Chef demos will be led by the likes of Calum Franklin, Steve Lamb of River Cottage and Dhruv Baker of Tempus Foods – plus an interesting collaboration with kimchi kings, Eaten Alive. Amazing street food will be also supplied by leading lights on the scene and there will be tasting masterclasses and tours of the festival.

Lest we forget, the finest booze known to humanity will also be available from Fourpure Brewery and from Cannon & Cannon’s very own bespoke wine bar.

Factor in music by local bands and artists, such as The Voodoo Brass Band, The Swanton Movers and Joseph Lofthouse – with DJ sets by Oren Sounds – well, the atmosphere is set to be electric.

We also have some rather special judges on board, who will be exercising their educated palates to discern who should come top of the class. Welcoming back the likes of Richard H. Turner of Hawksmoor, food writers Xanthe Clay and Jenny Linford, along with journalist Harry Wallop and of course, Simon Rimmer.

Early Bird tickets for this event have already sold out we’re afraid – yep, they flew out! But we are releasing a Second Wave batch, priced at £10.00 which includes a free beer. They can be purchased at the festival website from 9AM tomorrow morning – Thursday 11th April.