October is Mushroom Month and, if you fancy cooking some delicious dishes with them, check out the inspiration on the month’s dedicated website www.moretomushrooms.com. It’s packed with recipes and information on the humble mushroom’s health benefits. In rich contrast, it’s Chocolate Week from 8 to 14 October and Edinburgh’s Princes Street Suites, has teamed up with luxury boutique chocolatier, Coco Chocolate, for chocolate themed city breaks. There’s a personal tasting experience with a Coco connoisseur and a glass of champagne in your apartment or a one-hour master class at Coco Kitchen, where you can learn how to hand temper chocolate on marble, or to make a selection of organic chocolate bars, moulded chocolates and fruit filled broken chocolate. www.chocolateweek.co.uk
Curry Week is also 8 to 14 October and its highlight is the annual contest to lift the title Curry Capital of Britain. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow are competing. The restaurants representing Glasgow are Neelim, Koolba, Mother India, Mr Singh’s, while Britannia Spice, Radhani, Spice Pavilion, Suruchi were fighting for Edinburgh. The Scottish entrants are up against 15 other cities.
Later in the month, beer is in the diary with Nicholson’s Ale Festival. From 22 October, the group’s historic pubs in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Leeds and London will be celebrating traditional brewing with up to 12 extra ales on tap. Among them might be Halloween-themed ales like Hobgoblin, Ghost Ship or Spooky Moon or even Wallace’s Walloper, a special collaboration with DJ Danny Wallace brewed by Bath Ales. www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk