The niche food festivals of the UK 英國多種多樣的小眾美食節

Is there one food that you really love?

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英國每年會舉辦各式各類的美食節。人們在美食節上可觀賞專業廚師現場烹飪的全過程,並可品嘗各類新鮮配制的美味佳肴,活動場面熱鬧非凡。除了主流的美食節之外,英國各地還會舉辦一些相對冷門而小眾的食品節,給到來的人們提供另一番美妙的舌尖體驗。跟隨本集《隨身英語》,一起走進讓你垂涎欲滴的英國小眾美食節。

課文內容

Vocabulary: Food 詞彙: 食物

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘festival’? Is it music? Maybe it’s film. Or could it be food? Food festivals are a common occurrence in the UK and take place in all sorts of places and at all sorts of times: from Taste of London, in Regent’s Park each June to Aldeburgh Food Festival in Suffolk in September. Whatever your taste, there’s a food festival to match – no matter how specialised.

Are you a bit of a carnivore? Then why not try Meatopia. This three-day, London-based festival takes place at the end of August and is a meat lover’s paradise. In addition to a range of ethically sourced meat products, from juicy burgers to succulent steaks, attendees can listen to live music, watch butchery demos, and attend informal meat-based workshops.

If you prefer a festival that will help you meet your five a day, then Vegfest is for you. This vegan-friendly event takes place in a range of UK venues several times a year. Here you can enjoy a wide selection of freshly prepared vegan food, learn culinary tips and hear talks on nutrition to help you make the most of your plant-based grub.

If that weren’t niche enough, what about a festival that is dedicated solely to marmalade? Held in Cumbria, this tangy, zesty festival of preserves has been running for 13 years. It includes a competition to find the best homemade marmalade. There are thousands of entries from over 30 different countries across the globe.

If you’d prefer something with a little more kick to it, then you could attend The Ginger and Spice Festival held in Market Drayton. It celebrates its town’s historic connection to Robert Clive, who returned from India with ginger. Because of this, they specialise in baking gingerbread, but also sell a range of artisan spices from mild to hot.

If you have a sweet tooth, then it could be that the National Honey Show, which started in 1921 and is the largest event of its kind, is the place for you to be. This three-day event attracts over 2000 entrants to their traditional competition, and offers lectures and workshops on beekeeping and, of course, that gooeysyrupy golden nectar, honey.

While there’s no accounting for taste, the UK has something to offer most people. From large-scale festivities, to the smaller more amateur gatherings, one thing is certain: people are passionate about their food. And while some of the products on offer might be an acquired taste, when food is given that much attention, it’s unlikely to leave a bad taste in anyone’s mouth.

詞彙表

taste(個人的)品味
carnivore 食肉動物
meat lover 愛吃肉的人
ethically-sourced “良心供貨”,指食品商在採購、制作等過程中重視生產線勞動者工作環境的準則
juicy 多汁的
succulent 鮮美多汁的
five a day(由英國政府倡議的)“每日最少吃五份蔬菜”的飲食標準
vegan-friendly(食物)適宜嚴格素食者食用的;不含任何動物成分的
freshly prepared 新鮮配制的
culinary 烹調的,烹飪的
grub(口語說法)食物
marmalade 橘子醬
tangy 香濃可口的
zesty 果香四溢的
preserve(可長期保存的食物)蜜餞,果醬
kick(食物、飲料的)刺激,勁兒
artisan 以傳統方式制作的
mild 味道柔和的
hot 辛辣的
sweet tooth 愛吃甜食的
gooey 軟而黏的
syrupy 甜而粘稠的,糖漿般的
there’s no accounting for taste 人和人的口味是不一樣的,人各有所好
an acquired taste(後天)慢慢養成的嗜好
leave a bad taste in one’s mouth 留下不愉快的記憶

測驗與練習

1. 閱讀課文並回答問題。

1. Where and when does the Taste of London festival take place?

2. True or false: The festivals’ only activities are eating the specified food.

3. How popular is the marmalade festival’s annual competition?

4. Why is Market Drayton associated with ginger?

5. Which of the festivals is the largest event of its kind?

2. 請在不參考課文的情況下完成下列練習。選擇一個意思合適的單字填入句子的空格處。

1. No , I don’t want a vegetarian pizza! I’m a ______! I need meat!

vegan       preservative       meat lover       acquired taste

2. I’m sorry to ask, but is this ______? I can’t eat anything from an animal.

vegetarian       carnivorous       tangy       vegan friendly

3. Don’t leave that chocolate anywhere near him. He’s got a real ______!

sweet tooth       five a day       taste       grub

4. The first time I tried coffee, I hated it. But now I love it. I guess it’s an ______!

hot       acquired taste       ethically sourced       carnivore

5. I asked her to marry me once and she said no. That ______. Now, we don’t talk.

An acquired taste       there’s no accounting for taste       left a bad taste in my mouth       succulent

答案

1.
閱讀課文並回答問題。

1. Where and when does the Taste of London festival take place?
Taste of London takes place in Regent’s Park each June.

2. True or false: The festivals’ only activities are eating the specified food.
False. At Meatopia, Veg-fest and The National Honey Show, attendees can go to workshops, learn cooking tips and watch demonstrations, among others.

3. How popular is the marmalade festival’s annual competition?
There are thousands of entries from over 30 different countries across the globe.

4. Why is Market Drayton associated with ginger?
It has a historic connection to Robert Clive, who returned from India with the spice.

5. Which of the festivals is the largest event of its kind?
The National Honey Show.

2. 
請在不參考課文的情況下完成下列練習。選擇一個意思合適的單字填入句子的空格處。

1. No, I don’t want a vegetarian pizza! I’m a meat lover! I need meat!

2. I’m sorry to ask, but is this vegan friendly? I can’t eat anything from an animal.

3. Don’t leave that chocolate anywhere near him. He’s got a real sweet tooth!

4. The first time I tried coffee, I hated it. But now I love it. I guess it’s an acquired taste.

5. I asked her to marry me once and she said no. That left a bad taste in my mouth. Now, we don’t talk.

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