There are lots of food-related events going on. Here are some for January 2009.
31 December – 1 January: Hogmanay/New Year’s Day
A traditional holiday celebrated by Scots everywhere.
1 January: New Year’s Day Parade in London
There is a free street parade in London. There are more than 10,000 performers (including marching bands, cheerleaders, historic vehicles, clowns, jugglers and acrobats), and giant balloons. The parade starts at Parliament Square (near Westminster underground station, next to the Houses of Parliament) at 12 noon. For more information see the London New Year’s Day Parade website.
19-20 January: Food Allergy and Food Intolerance Week
Allergy UK’s campaign to raise awareness of food allergies and intolerance.
24-25 January: Garden Organic Potato Day
Saturday 24 January – Sunday 25 January 2009, 10am-5pm Garden Organic Ryton, Coventry
Get to know your tubers at Garden Organic’s Potato Day. Buy dozens of different heritage seed varieties and ask the experts for planting, growing and harvesting advice. Saturday is members only, Sunday is open to the general public.
25 January: Burns Night
Look out for events around the world as the Scots celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Bard’s birth.
25-31 January: Farmhouse Breakfast Week
Farmhouse Breakfast Week is an annual campaign that emphasises the importance of eating a healthy breakfast every day. ‘Think Breakfast’ is the theme of this year’s celebration to encourage everyone to wake up to breakfast as part of a healthy balanced diet and active lifestyle.
26 January: Chinese New Year 4707
This will be the first day of the Year of the Ox. Look out for celebrations worldwide wherever you’ll find a Chinese community.
26 January: Australia Day
See Walkabout for Australian bars in the UK.
The Journal of Chinese Medicine has several events in both the UK and the USA.
Slow Food are organising various events around the UK.