With 2014 now well under way and new year's resolutions tossed aside for another year, it's time for us foodies to get back to doing what we do best… eating! With that in mind, here's a look forward to some of this year's essential feasts.
The BBC Good Food Shows and the Foodies Festivals are a good place to start. Heading to 14 locations between them, they offer some of the stand-out culinary events of the year. Running from April until November, you can expect live demonstrations from some of your favourite TV chefs, with the likes of James Martin, Gennaro Contaldo and the Hairy Bikers already lined up.
Whether you call London your home or you're just visiting the capital for the weekend, the trendy Taste of London is worth the trip to Regent's Park on 19-22 June. It's "like Glastonbury for your tastebuds" claims the Mail on Sunday -- only with better weather, we hope!
Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past couple of years, you'll have noticed there's a baking craze sweeping the nation, thanks in no small part to the "Great British Bake Off" and newly crowned Oldie of the Year, Mary Berry. The "Queen of Baking" will be sharing her knowledge at Cake International in Manchester on 7-9 March, and you can now get £5 tickets with Travelzoo. Also heading to the North West is the hugely popular Cake & Bake show, which this year features Simon Rimmer and Rosemary Shrager.
Is there anything better than food? Well, maybe just one thing. That's why I'll be first in line for the UK's largest beer event, the Great British Beer Festival, which will be held at London's Olympia on 12-16 August.
So, plenty to be tucking into, then...