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The freeze to UK alcohol duty rates has been extended six months to 1 August 2023, the government announced.

In a statement to the House of Commons, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury James Cartlidge laid out a plan designed to provide certainty and reassure pubs, distilleries, and breweries as they face a challenging period ahead.

Award-winning, climate and plastic-neutral global wellness brand Vahdam India has announced an exciting new collaboration with the hit series Emily in Paris, produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, which has returned for its third season. 

This exclusive upscale, trendy and fanciful gift set is the show's first collaboration with tea and brings to life the allure of Paris and Emily Cooper's exuberant style.

An award-winning Midlands-based manufacturer, which exports its products throughout the world, sponsored this year’s Birmingham Press Club Christmas Lunch, when journalist and rom-com author Suzan Holder will be guest speaker. Let’s Sanify, which manufactures organic sanitising liquids, won the Start-Up Business of the Year category at this year’s Black Country Chamber Business Awards.

An innovative initiative has been launched that will leverage partnerships with members of the diplomatic community to enhance gastronomy tourism locally and increase visitor arrivals.

Devon House was named Jamaica’s first Gastronomy Centre by Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett in 2017. Minister Bartlett has highlighted that the Jamaica Tourism Ministry and The Devon House Development Company Limited, which manages the centuries-old heritage site, “have worked steadfastly in establishing the gastronomy center to bring visitors from overseas and persons from across the island to the historic property to enjoy the culinary delights of Jamaica.”   

Award-winning, climate and plastic-neutral global wellness brand, Vahdam India has announced the exciting launch of a limited-edition Self Care gift in partnership with international superstar and tea lover, Nicole Scherzinger.

While living life on the move, Nicole, a singer, songwriter, actress and TV personality, knows the importance of taking time to care for herself.

UK MasterChef 2022 champion, Eddie Scott, will create special dishes on two evenings at Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru Resort in in the second half of April 2023.
The UK MasterChef winner will also hold a special cooking demonstration at the resort for guests who want to learn culinary skills. Specific dates will be confirmed shortly.

The much-loved Colmore Food Festival is making a return to Birmingham for its 10th anniversary in July 2023. The much-loved Colmore Food Festival is making a return to Birmingham for its 10th anniversary in July 2023.

Next year, the free, must-visit festival will return in a new location in the Grounds of St Philips Cathedral and will provide guests with a tasty and affordable spread of mouth-watering mini dishes from the traders’ latest menus.

According to new research by Schweppes, a third (34 percent) of Brits will be having an alcohol-free Christmas this year, with almost four in ten people (38 percent) aiming to welcome in the New Year with alcohol free cocktails.

So, it’s no surprise that one in four (23 percent) British adults under the age of 40 now consider themselves as tee-total, according to a nationwide study. One in three (32 percent) under 40s now describe themselves as either ‘sober curious’, or as a moderate drinker, choosing to enjoy a mix of alcoholic, lower percent and non-alcoholic drinks.

As Raja Monkey prepares to celebrate its Sweet 16th year, we look back – and forward - at one of Birmingham’s best-loved curry houses and how it’s gone from street food pioneer to become the go-to for Michelin chefs in the city.

Raja Monkey began as an authentic roadside café experience that pioneered the street food scene - that was to become so popular in later years – growing into into one of Birmingham’s best-loved Indian restaurants and benefitting from a new-look and major refurbishment recently.

Tenerife recently attained not one but two new Michelin stars, with San-Hô restaurant, located in the Royal Corales Hideaway Hotel in Costa Adeje, achieving its first-ever Michelin star, and  Rincón de Juan Carlos, also in Adeje, being awarded its second Michelin star. These impressive awards result from the continued advancements the island of Tenerife is making in the culinary scene. The accolades are worthy recognition for the quality of the island’s gastronomy, both for its professionals and for the local produce with which it is prepared.

There are arguably few things more quintessentially French than the humble baguette. After all, the country is said to produce some 16 million a day.

And yet, the baguette has been in decline in recent years, as traditional bakeries struggle against the rise of things like large supermarkets and the increasing popularity of sourdough.

Internationally acclaimed premium chocolate producer, Lindt & Sprüngli is launching Lindt Classic Recipe Vegan Caramel Sea Salt bars just in time for Veganuary, in Tesco and Sainsbury's nationwide this January 2023 (RRP £3.00 per 100g bar).  To celebrate World Vegan Day on 1st November, Lindt pre-launched the new bars exclusively in Lindt chocolate shops and online ( which have already proved popular with those opting for a tempting plant-based treat.

To celebrate the start of the FIFA World Cup, McDonald’s is launching a new McDelivery Chicken Combo. The McDelivery Chicken Combo includes 10 Chicken Selects and a 20 Chicken McNuggets Sharebox.

Ahead of the 2022 World Cup kicking off, McDonald’s UK & Ireland has confirmed its new McDelivery offering for fans to enjoy throughout the tournament.

An area of outstanding beauty, Dorset is recognised for its Jurassic coastline, beautiful golden sand beaches and thriving food scene.

Shell Bay is a scenic seafood restaurant that offers guests a dining experience like no other. With glorious outdoor dining areas that overlook the picturesque views of Brownsea Island and the glistening waters of Pool Harbour, Shell Bay is the perfect place to sample fresh local produce while soaking up the wonderful sights of Dorset.

A rich agenda inspired by the themes of conviviality, sustainability and innovation characterises the Italian Cuisine Week 2022 in the United Arab Emirates. The event is the result of a collaboration between the Italian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Italian Academy of Cuisine.

During the week between 14 and 20 November, some of the best Italian restaurants in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will present special dishes created for the occasion with the aim of promoting the Italian cuisine.