The British are coming! Join Central Market in celebrating our ninth annual Passport event – a two-week celebration of culinary traditions from cultures around the world. This year, we’re highlighting the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. From farm to fork, the Brits are creating exceptional food and drink with a regal flair all their own. Explore and enjoy!
Tour the UK, One Bite at a Time
MEAT PIES Meat pies are served all over Britain and can be made with a variety of fillings. We’ll be serving up Steak and Stout; Chicken and Mushroom; Chicken Tikka Masala; Pork; and Vegetable.
QUICKE’S CHEESE Since 1540, the Quicke family has farmed the same land in the heart of the Devon countryside. Their Cheddar cheeses are made with traditional recipes, time-honored techniques, and heritage starters.
NEWBY TEAS – LONDON Loose-leaf tea is the key to a fine tea experience. Newby sources its black, green, oolong, and white teas from India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, China, and Taiwan, and gives back to those who pick, preserve, and pack its teas.
QUEEN’S CAKE This cake is the favorite of Her Royal Majesty. Our version is made with English tea biscuits tossed in melted milk chocolate, enrobed in rich chocolate ganache, and sprinkled with edible gold dust.
BRITISH SPARKLING WINE We’re bringing in the best of British Fizz from wineries Chapel Down, Digby, Hush Heath, Gusbourne, and more. Never has such an extensive collection been offered in the US.
JOSEPH HELER CHEESES Nestled near Nantwich in the Cheshire countryside, this family dairy dates back over a century. Cheeses are made by hand with local milk and allowed to age naturally.
FRESH NATIVE HEBRIDEAN SALMON Only salmon that share this pure Scottish island lineage and are born, reared, and harvested on the Hebrides qualify as native. These fish have a clean flavor and a firm texture.
MEY SELECTIONS Launched by Prince Charles to help ensure a sustainable future for food producers in the Scottish Highlands. Central Market is one of only five retailers in the world to offer these handpicked items.
ABERDEEN ANGUS Native to northeastern Scotland, Aberdeen Angus cattle have been recorded in Scotland since the 1500s. Today, Central Market selects Black Angus beef descended from the same Aberdeen Angus heritage known for consistent tenderness and rich flavor.
LOCH ETIVE TROUT Sourced from Northern Argyll on the west coast of Scotland, this exceptional and versatile sashimi-grade fish is high in omega-3 oils, with a firm, buttery texture that tastes great cooked or raw.
INVERAWE SMOKED SEAFOOD Smoked in the Scottish Highlands in a wood-fired smokehouse over British oak for 24 to 72 hours. Inverawe holds a British Royal Warrant, meaning their food is good enough for the royal family – and yours.
EDINBURGH COFFEE AND TEA CO. Founded in 1812, this Scottish brand’s best flavors include the strong and lively Scottish Breakfast; delicate Heather; and the bright and brisk Highland Blend.
BANGERS AND MASH Better known on this side of the pond as sausages and potatoes, this traditional dish of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is topped with caramelized onions, peas, and fresh parsley.
SPOTTED DOG BREAD This traditional Irish soda bread is made with fresh buttermilk and enriched with egg – but to be called “Spotted Dog,” it must also contain raisins.
WELSH CAKES Popular since the late 19th century, Welsh cakes are made from flour, butter, currants, golden raisins, and allspice. These tasty cakes can be enjoyed plain or topped with butter.
Launched by Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, in 2005, Mey Selections helps ensure a sustainable future for farmers and food producers in the Scottish Highlands. Central Market is one of only five retailers in the world to offer these handpicked items, including biscuits, oatcakes, whiskey cakes, smoked salmon, Blue cheese, and Cheddar barrel cheese. Look for the seal (drawn by the Prince himself) to find authentic Mey Selection products. (Also, they are 20% off during our entire Passport event.)
We didn’t just import the food – we’re bringing you the best chefs from the UK, too
Learn how to stock your pantry with homemade delicacies like the Irish; pick up tips on gardening and seasonal cooking from the English; create a meal of traditional Scottish fare from a Michelin-starred chef; and prepare food fit for a king or queen from a Welsh caterer (it’s easier than you think).
Noel McMeel grew up in Northern Ireland where he developed a passion for cooking. McMeel’s book, Irish Pantry: Traditional Breads, Preserves, & Goodies to Feed the Ones You Love, was voted Third Best Chef Cookbook in the World at Gourmand Best in 2015.
Growing up in New Zealand, Aaron Bartlesen spent many hours in his grandfather’s vegetable garden and is currently the vegetable gardener and cook at Great Dixter in England, where he has worked since 2005.
Mark Greenaway has a passion for Scottish ingredients and has built his reputation on challenging the (mis)perception of Scottish food. His award-winning Restaurant Mark Greenaway has been named among the best restaurants in the country.
Thirty years ago, Penny Lewis was a working single mother doing her best to pay the mortgage and cook for her young daughter. Today, Penny is a renowned cookbook author, owner of The Culinary Cottage cookery school in Wales, and an accomplished chef who has cooked for lords, ladies, sheikhs, princes, kings, and queens.
A Toast to Britsh Fizz
France gets all the glory for Champagne, but Brit Christopher Merrett actually documented a recipe for a similar sparkling drink some 20 years before the drink’s official father, Dom Perignon.
We’ve rounded up the UK’s best fizz for you to swirl, pop, pour, and enjoy! You will not want to miss:
Chapel Down’s award-winning wines are served at Buckingham Palace and the Royal Opera House and praised by chefs. Try their Classic Non-Vintage Brut, Rosé Brut, or Three Graces 2013.
Digby begins with the finest berries in English wine country, then coaxes out the unique character of each fruit to create balanced, world-class wines like Digby Non-Vintage Brut, Digby Leander Pink NV Brut, and Digby 2019 Reserve Brut.
Hush Heath estate is 400 acres of manicured vineyards, apple orchards, and ancient oak woodlands featuring award-winning wines include Balfour Brut Rosé
2014, Balfour, Leslie’s Reserve NV, and Balfour 1503.
Ridgeview is one of the first wineries in England to plant the great sparkling wine varietals. Their wines pay tribute to Christopher Merrett, naming wines for the various neighborhoods in London where Merrett lived: Blanc de Noirs, Bloomsbury Brut, and Fitzrovia Rosé.