Veggie Pub Grub Pop Up!

There’s certainly a foodie vibe going on around Cambridge the moment, as demonstrated by the number of supperclubs and food-related events happening locally and new eateries opening across the City. Many different tastes and cuisines are catered for, and now there’s a new pop up in town – the Veggie Pub Grub Pop Up!

Veggie Pub Grub Pop UpThis new venture is the brainchild of Sam Dyer and Jennie Debenham, both known locally for their love of vegan food. Starting Monday 24th February, the pop up will run for six weeks at the Alexandra Arms on Gwydir Street, on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm. The menu promises a whole host of vegetarian and vegan food delights, as well as gluten-free options.  Sam and Jennie are trying to source their food locally, including having their bread created for them by Bread On A Bike. You can just turn up on the night, but word is already spreading fast so it’s advisable to book in advance – just call The Alex on (01223) 324448.

Famed locally for her delicious vegan cupcakes, Sam is no stranger to the local food scene – she has run her own catering business, Mouth Music, as well as the kitchen at Arjuna on Mill Road, she has supplied food to hungry hordes of volunteers over the years at events such as Strawberry Fair and has also been part of the team behind the Wild Thyme Community Cafe. Jennie is also known for her food exploits and created the Liberated Feast – a vegan banquet that sources food from surplus produce that would otherwise go to waste (look out for the next one on 6th April!).

More information about Sam and Jennie’s menu will be revealed on their facebook page later this week, but I was lucky enough to hear a sneak preview yesterday and can tell you that it is going to be delicious – I’m not even a veggie, but my mouth was watering when I heard about the dishes planned for the menu! Right, I’m off to book a table… .

Sam & Jennie’s Veggie Pub Grub Pop Up
Monday & Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm (runs Mon 24th February – Tuesday 25th March)
The Alexandra Arms, 22-24 Gwydir Street CB1 2LL. Tel: (01223) 324448

Strawberry Shorts

The Strawberry Shorts Film Festival takes place annually the day before Strawberry Fair. As well as being an integral part of the Fair for the last thirteen years, the event is now also an established film festival in its own right and receives national support and international recognition.

Strawberry ShortsRun by Cambridge Cinema Shorts, this years Strawberry Shorts will take place on Friday 31st May at the Cambridge Festival Theatre. As well as lots of film screenings, there will be awards for Best Overall Festival Winner and Best Local Short Film, with two awards – The Audience Award and The Jury Award – for each category. Last years Festival saw over 250 films enter the competition and the closing date for this years entries was 20th April, with preparations now well under way for the festival itself in just three weeks time.

Tomorrow night sees a special Strawberry Shorts benefit screening taking place at Cambridge Art Salon. There will be a number of films shown, including ‘longer’ films that are slightly too long for the festival itself (the limit is 20 minutes) but which are excellent in their own right and deserve a screening. The night starts at 7:30pm and tickets are available on the door priced £3 – with all proceeds going to Strawberry Shorts. I am also reliably informed that there will be tea, coffee and cake!

Strawberry Shorts benefit screening – Friday 10th May, 7:30pm
Cambridge Art Salon, 29 Cromwell Road CB1 3EB. Tickets £3 on the door.