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Hey there, busy peeps - have you heard the latest? We've got the hottest news in a handy-dandy round-up for you.

A tipple or two

The Love Wine Festival is back for another year and if a festival was ever made for us, this would be it. With around 30 exhibitors, sample over 200 wines (spittoons available, if that’s your thing!), meet wine experts and attend a Wine Walk or masterclass to really polish your expertise. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of food available too to add to your day of tipples! The festival takes place on Saturday 21st March at the Harbour Hotel, Guildford, and there are two sessions to choose from.

Women in business

We know so many of Muddy‘s readers know a thing or two about business, so we feel like you’re going to love this one – Women’s Business Club is coming to Surbiton! The group will meet once a month at No.97 Gin Bar on Maple Road to talk all things business. The Tribe Nights, as they’re known, encourage women building or running a business to come along and empower, share and connect with likeminded ladies. We love the sound of that! You can give it a go as a guest for your first visit by booking the guest ticket online ahead of joining the club. What are you waiting for?!

Let’s get arty

The largest art fair outside of London is returning to Surrey! The Contemporary Arts Fair brings together over 160 emerging and established contemporary artists and galleries, all of whom will share their impressive work at Sandown Racecourse in Esher. Artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, and ceramicists from across Europe will be there, so it’s a must-attend event for every creative! Tickets are just £8 when booked in advance (£10 on the door) for the event on Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th March.

New beginnings

Head chef Fred Clapperton is leaving Michelin-star The Clock House in Ripley. He’s held the role for four years and is now headed to the Seren Collection’s Coast restaurant, where he’ll take up the same role – lucky them! Fred’s replacement is yet to be announced, but keep your eyes peeled and you’ll hear it here first!

Top award

In other cheffing news, Charles Coulombeau head chef at Gravetye Manor just over the West Sussex border in East Grinstead, has won the coveted Le Taittinger Prix Culinaire. It’s one of the world’s most lucrative awards with the winner being awarded €20,000. The international final was held in Paris last week where eight finalists from the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Previous winners include Joël Robuchon and Michel Roth.

Charles Coulombeau, head chef of Gravetye Manor in West Sussex, has carried off one of the world’s most lucrative and revered culinary titles, Le Taittinger Prix Culinaire.

Thinking of summer

Well, aren’t we all? Get your summer plans underway with Hampton Court Palace Festival, which has just released tickets for this year’s event! Bastille, Dido, Tom Jones, Lionel Richie, Rick Astley and George Benson are all on the line up so far. Tickets sold out last year, so get a wriggle on!

Ready, steady, cook!

For all you buddy chefs out there, a brand new cookery class is launching at Limpsfield Cookery School. The school is based in the heart of Limpsfield village and aims to become an integral part of this close-knit community, providing a range of classes for various culinary skills, all taught by top chefs so you can learn from the best experts around. Classes start from Tuesday 11 February.

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