Central Market Brings Traditional British Cuisine to Austin

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During ‘Passport United Kingdom’

Specialty grocery retailer to host two-week celebration of all things British,

September 19 – October 2


Austin–September 14, 2018 – Central Market invites shoppers on a culinary journey across the pond during ‘Passport United Kingdom’ September 19 through October 2. In celebration of all things British, Central Market will showcase traditional foods and ingredients along with hundreds of brilliant new items from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Visit either Austin store location on Friday, Sept. 21 from 5-7 for a Sampling Tour of a wide array of UK treats, and a costume contest with a jolly good prize. (See store activities below for further details)


The popular retailer’s annual Passport series has honored such countries and regions as Greece, Mexico, Italy, France, Brazil, Spain, Argentina and the Southern United States in recent years, bringing authentic food, wines, spices, coffees, cheeses, and all manner of pastas, produce, meats and seafood to Central Market customers.  Passport is much more than a weekend of product sampling—it is a virtual in-country voyage of international culinary discovery.


Throughout this year’s two-week foodie festival, proper British products and dishes will be available for sample and purchase including Native Scottish Hebridean Salmon, award-winning sparkling wines, artisanal meat pies, Earl Grey brined rotisserie chicken, fish and chips, and pasties, along with Victorian Sponge Cake, a large array of confections, Yorkshire Pudding and a large selection of unique cheddar and Stilton cheeses.


UPDATE: Here’s a listing of Passport UK events for both Austin stores.

Both stores will feature the Sampling Tour and Costume contest on Friday, Sept. 21. Complete listing of Passport classes in the Cooking School follows store events below. So much to savor during Passport UK!




Friday, Sept. 21, from 5-7 PM: Tour the store and sample a variety of products from throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – many created by family-owned, artisanal companies. As you make your way through the aisles, you’ll enjoy over a dozen British specialties like tea, shortbread, house-made sausages, smoked salmon, chocolates, English Sparkling wine, beer, and cider, plus the very ice cream served at Buckingham Palace.



Dress as your favorite Brit and you could win a trip to London — Brilliant!

Let your imagination run wild and come dressed as any Brit from Queen Elizabeth and William Shakespeare to Elton John and The Spice Girls. The top costume at each store will be entered to win 2 business class round trip tickets to London, plus a $500 Visa gift card. Simply register below, get dressed up, then check in at the main entrance of your favorite Central Market. We’ll then take your official party photo that enters you into the contest.


Passport UK activities at CM Westgate store location:





Hear ye, hear ye! The British are coming! From the call of the bagpipes, to a ceremonial cutting of a wheel of cheese, Westgate Central Market is launching Passport UK in style. Visit the World’s End Pub to join in on the jubilee, with a smattering of treats on their maiden voyage across the pond.  Event is open to all and free of charge.


WHEN: Wednesday, September 19, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

WHERE: Westgate Location





Let us introduce you to a nation with a wealth of taste. Travel via your taste buds and sample a variety of products from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales – many created by family-owned artisanal companies. This tour is self-guided, so take your time, taste, and enjoy at your own pace. Let your imagination run wild and come dressed as any Brit from Queen Elizabeth to The Spice Girls. The top costume at each store will be entered to win a trip to London. Event is open to all and free of charge. Finish the night enjoying a British musical invasion with the Eggmen in the Café.


Don’t forget about the costume contest as well! Win 2 round trip tickets to London with your amazing Brit-inspired costume!


WHEN: Friday, September 21, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

WHERE: Westgate Location



HIGH TEA TIME: Sampling of Select Event Products


Feeling puckish? High tea is the perfect time to nibble a nosh. Our daily sampling statins will be providing tastes of anything and everything from neeps and tatties, to Hebridian Salmon (and all the yummies in-between).


WHEN: Daily, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

WHERE: Central Market Westgate



OFF THE HOOK CHIPPER: Fish & Chips and other Eclectic British Fare


Craving fish and chips but don’t have time to hop a flight across the pond? Our outdoor food tent will be serving authentic fish and chips (and other delicious fare) that’s rumored to be off the hook!


WHEN: Daily, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

WHERE: Central Market Westgate





We request the honor of your presence for afternoon tea. Fine teas will be brewed, alongside a prixe fixe menu of our most delicious house-made scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts. Put on a frilly frock or jaunty knickers and join us! Don’t forget your fascinator or tea hat! Tickets are $45 per pair.


WHEN: Friday, September 23, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

WHERE: Central Market Westgate



BUBBLES & SPEAK: A cheese & wine pairing class


In true old-world style, the UK boasts a rich history in wine production, cider crafting, and cheese making. Join us as our in-house experts pair a bevy of sparkling wine, cider, and cheese, and tell the tales of vineyards and farms of yore.


WHEN: Thursday, September 27, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Central Market Westgate



ROYAL TOURS: Self-Guided and Guided


Hear ye, hear ye! Join us on a tour fit for royalty! Let us proclaim the lore and stories of the beautiful food and beverages being brought to Austin exclusively for this event. Peruse products that have been given the Royal Warrant of Appointment, aka the Queen’s seal of approval!


WHEN: Monday – Friday 2:00 PM (Excluding Opening Day)

Saturday & Sunday 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM

WHERE: Central Market Westgate


Here are the Cooking School classes offered as part of Passport UK:


COUPLES COOK: A Dinner from Merry Old England

September 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Price: $140


COUPLES COOK. HANDS-ON. (For Ages 18 & Up) Spend an evening with your special someone making this very traditional British fare. You’ll perfect your roasting skills, discover the secret to flavorful pan gravies and make the most of simple vegetable preparations that support an outstanding main dish. Menu includes: Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Bread Sauce, Best Gravy; Sausage & Bacon Rolls; Roasted Potatoes in Beef Drippings; Simple Boiled Cabbage, Butter & White Pepper; and Pear Crumble.


JUST DESSERTS: Inspired by the Savoy Truffle

September 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Price: $65


HANDS-ON. BASICS. (For Ages 16 &Up) While this menu is inspired by a song written in the ’60’s, the treats that you will make are as delicious today as they were back then. You’ll perfect your baking and dessert-making skills as you create: Tangerine Dream (Tangerine Sorbet with Custard); English Apple Pie; Coconut Fudge; and Savoy Truffles.


SEAFOOD 101: British Bounty

September 21, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Price: $60


HANDS-ON. BASICS. (For Ages 18 & Up) Take a tour of our Seafood Market, learn how to select fresh fish just in from across the pond, and then back to the Cooking School where you’ll steam, bake, roast and sear: Langoustines & Warm Potatoes with Homemade Mayonnaise; Foil-baked Scottish Salmon with English Parsley Sauce; Creamy Fish Pie with a Crisp Breadcrumb Topping; and Roasted Plaice with Cherry Tomatoes.


PARENT & CHILD: The Ulster Fry-Up

September 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Price: $100


PARENT & CHILD. HANDS-ON. (For One Adult & One Child, Ages 7-17) Spend a morning together learning to bake, griddle and fry Northern Ireland’s favorite meal. Working in teams, parents and children will not only improve their skills in the kitchen, but will enjoy: Potato Farls (Griddled Potato Bread); Soda Bread; Sausages & Irish Bacon; Grilled Tomatoes; Sauteed Mushrooms; and Fried Eggs.



September 23, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Price: $65


FEATURED CHEF. DEMONSTRATION. (For Ages 18 & Up) Aaron Bertelsen believes that autumn can be one of the most productive times for cooks and gardeners. As a gardener, he is making plans for the coming year, and, as a cook, is busy stocking the pantry and freezer by turning fruits and vegetables into jams, chutneys, soups and stocks for the coming winter. Learn about the ornamental and vegetable gardens begun at Great Dixter, home of the gardener & writer Christopher Lloyd, at the start of the 20th century; how fulfilling eating seasonally can be; and pick up tips as Aaron shows you how to make: Warm Zucchini Fritters served with Hummus, paired with British Sparkling Wine; Warm Parsnip Soup; Chicken & Leek Pie; and Chocolate Steamed Pudding. The demonstration will include tips on creating Ripe Tomato Chutney and Pickled Pears.


INSTRUCTOR: Aaron Bertelsen, Cook & Gardener, Great Dixter, England; Cookbook Author


THE GREAT DIXTER COOKBOOK: Recipes from an English Garden will be for sale. The author will sign copies before and after class.


MEATLESS MONDAYS: From the United Kingdom

September 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Price: $60


HANDS-ON. (For Ages 18 & Up) Make the choice to live healthier and help the planet to boot.  The Meatless Meals movement is spreading across the globe, making us healthier, one meal at a time. You’ll pick up tips and practice techniques for creating healthy, meat-free alternatives as you make these favorites from throughout the U.K.: Potato & Leek Soup from Northern Ireland; Cheesy Whole Wheat Baps with Watercress; Nut Roast (Baked Loaf with Mushrooms, Mixed Nuts, Cheese, Mixed Grains & Lentils); and Apple & Blackberry Crumble with Custard.


LEARN @ LUNCH: Ploughman’s Lunch with Stotty Cake

September 26, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Price: $25


LEARN @ LUNCH. DEMONSTRATION. (For Ages 16 & Up) In our one hour, lunchtime class, you’ll be introduced to an age-old English tradition. We’ll show you how to make stotty cakes and piccalilli and share some information about imported cheeses. You’ll enjoy a hearty lunch that includes: Stotty Cakes (Handmade Bread from Northeastern England); World Class Cheeses; Slices of Ham; Hard Boiled Eggs; Seasonal Apples; and Piccalilli (An English Version of South Asian Relish that includes Onions, Fennel, Cauliflower & Spices).



September 26, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Price: $45


DEMONSTRATION. TASTING. (For Ages 18 & Up) In this one-hour class, you’ll be guided through a tasting of a variety of cheeses from the U.K., learning a little about their production and a lot about the factors that contribute to their amazing flavors and textures. Our experts will suggest condiments that will enhance the experience and show you how to put together a cheese board featuring the cheeses that you’ve just sampled. Expand your appreciation of imported cheeses, pick up tips on serving and displaying your new favorites, and take home a selection of the cheeses discussed so that you can create impressive displays to share with friends and family.


INSTRUCTOR: Juliana Wimberley, CM Deli Cheese Manager & CM Cooking School Staff



September 27, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Price: $60


HANDS-ON. (For ages 18 & Up) Join us on a quest down the rabbit hole for a party in the kitchen fit for a Mad Hatter.  In no time at all you will be crafting Eat Me Foods and Drink Me Drink.  Our watchful guards will make sure we save time to sit and enjoy at the party at the end.  Come in your best Mad Hatter tea party attire: Get the party started with Suits and Pawns finger sandwiches and Mad Hatter Party Punch (Green Apple Juice with Sparkling Wine); Then come back to create: White Rabbit Salad (a wild mix of Garden Fresh Veggies and Greens) Very Pretty Scotch Eggs; Mushrooms and Beef hand pies; and Queen of Hearts Tarts.


When you sit down to party we will have an assortment of Teas and Pink Flamingo Punch (Pink Flamingo Punch (Strawberry Lemonade with sparkling wine).



September 28, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Price: $100


FEATURED CHEF. HANDS-ON. In addition to her career of catering to the Landed Gentry and Royal Families of Britain and Europe, twelve years ago Penny Lewis converted her Welsh country cottage into the Culinary Cottage Cookery School so that the she could share her experiences and accumulated knowledge. Enjoy wonderful stories of the people for whom she has cooked as you work side by side with this dynamo in our kitchen. You’ll make this impressive Welsh meal of: Glamorgan Sausage (Leeks, Thyme Onions, Cheddar Cheese, Breadcrumbs & Seasonings); Salmon Wellington stuffed with Leek & Laverbread (Welsh Seaweed) with a Veloute Sauce; Whiskey & Marmalade Bread & Butter Pudding, served with Whiskey & Marmalade Ice Cream; and Welsh Cakes (A griddle-baked Flatbread).


INSTRUCTOR: Penny Lewis, The Culinary Cottage Cookery School, Wales


SATURDAY MORNING BAKING: U.K. Favorites – Quickbreads

September 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Price: $60


HANDS-ON. (For Ages 16 & Up) There is a long tradition of baking delicious quickbreads throughout the countries that make up the U.K. Spend a morning learning to make these baked goods that will delight your friends and family: Aberdeen Butteries (Rowies); English Scones; Irish Oatcakes; and Welsh Bara Brith (Quickbread flavored with Tea, Dried Fruit & Spices).


A FRY UP: The Full English Breakfast

September 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Price: $55


HANDS-ON. (For Ages 16 & Up) Start your day the English way – with a full breakfast that includes everything you could imagine and more. You’ll broil, fry, oven-roast and learn to produce the perfect eggs, every time. We’ll show you how to make  traditional beans and then you’ll come into the kitchen to make: Sausage & Bacon; Broiled Tomatoes; Fried Bread; Oven-roasted Mushrooms; Roasted, Sautéed Potatoes; and Eggs (Your choice, either Scrambled or Fried).



September 30, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

Price: $45


HANDS-ON. BASICS. (For Ages 16 & Up) Invest an hour in learning to make tender, flavorful cream scones as we introduce you to this afternoon tradition from Southwestern England. While the results of your efforts are in the oven, you’ll learn to make a proper pot of tea. Then you’ll sit down, relax, and enjoy your warm scones with strawberry jam, clotted cream, and, of course, a proper ‘cuppa.’


COUPLES COOK: Beef Wellington

October 1, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Price: $150.00


COUPLES COOK. HANDS-ON. (For Ages 18 & Up) Make a date to create an outstanding meal, British-style. You’ll make an impressive main course preceded by a simple, refreshing salad; complementary sides; and finish with a rich, traditional dessert. Menu includes: Scottish Smoked Salmon on Tattie Scones (Griddled Potato Flatbread); Kohlrabi, Apple & Celery Salad with Capers & Tarragon; Beef Wellington (Fillet of Beef with Mushrooms in Pastry); Pan-Roasted Carrots, Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts; and Berry Fool.



October 2, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Price: $65


HANDS-ON. (For Ages 16 & Up)  Invest a little time in perfecting your baking skills as you create a variety of both savory and sweet doughs and fillings. Menu includes: Cornish Pasties with Beef & Rutabaga; Cornish Pasties with Beef & Rutabaga; Individual Pork Pies; Beet & Fennel Tartlets; and Irish Lemon Pudding Tarts.


For complete class information, go to https://centralmarket.turnstilesystems.com/LocationDetail.aspx/AustinNorthLamar


WHEN:         Passport United Kingdom takes place Wednesday, September 19 through Tuesday, October 2, 2018


WHERE:       Central Market N. Lamar, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78756,


Central Market Westgate, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78745,





Central Market’s open, serpentine-flow, full view European-style layout offers a completely new food shopping experience. A bountiful produce department with unmatched quality and variety, an 80-foot seafood case with selections from throughout the world, hundreds of cheeses, 2,500 wine labels, stupendous specialty grocery aisles with delights from every continent, and a world-class cooking school featuring hands-on instruction are among the features that make the Central Market experience unique. http://www.centralmarket.com.


MEDIA CONTACT: Kristy Ozmun, kristy@ozmun.com, 512.413.2221