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Food and Drink Fortnight

Food & Drink Fortnight - two weeks of exciting gastronomic treatsWith less than a fortnight to go before the Nottingham Business Improvement District’s city-wide culinary celebration – Food & Drink Fortnight – Nottingham’s food and drink outlets are preparing for two weeks of exciting gastronomic treats, delicious discounts, hands-on workshops and tasty £10 menus.

Food & Drink Fortnight takes place from 3 to 17 August, when Nottingham will showcase its vast array of unique food and drink venues, encouraging visitors to make the city their destination of choice when it comes to experiencing new flavours and surroundings or enjoying old favourites.

Boasting ‘more bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants per square mile than any other city in the UK’, according to Experience Nottinghamshire, Nottingham is home to hundreds of eateries that cater to every taste and pocket – from Michelin-starred restaurants to delis offering the finest local produce.

During this special fortnight, people will be encouraged to enjoy an excellent value £10 menu deal offered by Nottingham’s well-loved city centre restaurants, cafes and bars. These include two-course menus at family favourite Carluccio’s and Nottingham’s award-winning World Service which is featured in the Michelin guide; special menus at Bistro Pierre and local favourite the Hand & Heart; and Marco Pierre-White’s special pies at his Steakhouse Bar & Grill.

Events around the city during the fortnight include master classes for pasta making, risotto making and focaccia making at Carluccio’s; a chocolate tasting session at Hotel Chocolate and a Cider Festival at Bodega. Special price cocktails are being offered by Bodega, Long Island and Coco Lounge, then let’s not forget the ‘Ale Trail’ – a lengthy path of 18 pubs and bars that offer both well-known and exclusive real ales.

It’s also a great opportunity to try food from around the world. People can sample the delights of Moroccan food at Marrakesh; Japanese food at Bonzai; Brazillian at Tropeiro; Caribbean at Turtle Bay; Pan Asian at Chino Latino’s; Austrian at Dinos; Malaysian at Nada Budaya and Turkish at Antalya as well as all of Nottingham’s great Indian food at the likes of MemSaab, 4550 Miles from Deli and the Curry Lounge plus lots lots more.

“The Food & Drink Fortnight looks set to be a great event and I would encourage people to come and sample some of Nottingham’s superb food at great prices,” said Tom Waldron Lynch, director of the Nottingham BID and general manager of Chino Latino’s and the Park Plaza Hotel. “The event is designed to showcase our wonderful food offering, create a great experience in the city and give a boost to business at our restaurants.”

With prize draw incentives to encourage people to take advantage of more than one £10 menu deal, free city centre parking after 6pm, and special deals on public transport, the Nottingham BID is expecting visitor numbers to be high.

The details of the events and venues taking part, together with exclusive features, interviews and recipes showcasing Nottingham’s superb food and drink offering, have been brought together in a specially-created Food & Drink Fortnight guide, for which Marco Pierre White has written the foreword.

Thirty-thousand copies of the guide are being distributed to Nottingham homes and a further 20,000 will be available in the city centre at the businesses involved, hotels, tourist information centres and shopping centres.

Further information about Nottingham's ongoing special offers and deals from the city's leisure and retail businesses is available online.

Full details of Food & Drink Fortnight's many events and special offers are also available.

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