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NottsShop: June 2019

14 June 19 words: Anna Murphy

June ain't exactly known for its fashion kudos and, given that the skies have recently been plotting our watery downfall, this month, we've gone rogue. There's a foodie-drinkie special comin' atcha... 

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Event: Nottingham Craft Beer Festival
Fancy sticking two fingers up to the rain and making a weekend of it? Head down to the Nottingham Craft Beer Festival. Running on Friday 14 – Saturday 15 June, tickets are only a tenner and there's tonnes of Nottingham breweries, and some from further afield. My preferred drinking establishment so far is Neon Raptor, but that's mainly because their logo is a Venn diagram of my two favourite things - comedy dinosaurs and neon signs. 
Nottingham Craft Beer Festival website

Notts-based Blogger: Lucy and Lentils
As one of Britain’s top vegan bloggers, Lucy needs no introduction. Her recipes are universally yummy, no matter what foodie group you identify as, and don't just take my word for it - this month sees her up against bloggers from across the country as a finalist vying for Best Vegan & Plant-based Blog at the Health Blog Awards 2019. Head to her stories for more info on how to vote! 

Notts-based Brand: Bird & Blend Tea Co.
I don't like tea. Or coffee. It's been my hope that maybe someday this will change when I become “a grown up” but, at the grand old age of 31, this isn't looking likely. However, that being said, I'm a big fan of Bird & Blend Tea Co. Having started out in a Nuthall bedroom, the company has now grown nationwide, with a global website. But leave your standard order at the door - there's a whole host of magical brews out there. Plus, keep an eye out for them at all the main festivals this summer. (Oh, and mine's a Gingerbread Chai if you're asking.)

New Discovery: Homeboys
Look, I know that Homeboys aren't exactly a new discovery per se, but I'm a little late to the game. Haters don't @ me. However, I popped to Nottingham Street Food Club after work last week and it was ruddy delicious; I had the aubergine and sweet potato katsu curry and I'm still having dreams about it now. How many days in a row is it acceptable for one to eat katsu curry? Asking for a friend...

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