Bonfire night

Smoke and Celebration: Exploring Bonfire Night food traditions

From parched peas to parkin, Sheila Dillon explores our Bonfire Night food favourites
Autumn is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness – when the air is perfumed with bonfire smoke, sweet crisp apples are weighing down orchard branches, and root vegetables are plump and ready for picking beneath the soil.

It’s a time of year when a whole new palette of British produce is ripe and ready to turn into pies, pickles, chutneys, cakes, jams and stews: hearty comfort food to warm and nourish as the weather turns colder.

Autumn is also a season for festive gatherings: with Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night leading swiftly into the frenzied run-up to Christmas, providing plenty of opportunity to eat, drink and be merry - and on November 5th in particular, food traditions abound across the UK; from regional specialities to family favourites.

In this programme, Sheila Dillon heads to North Yorkshire, to gather round a fire with Michelin-starred chef Tommy Bank; cook and food writer Meera Sodha; and chef and restaurateur Andrew Nutter. Together, they keep the autumn chill at bay with a bonfire feast – whilst sharing stories of their seasonal food memories.

One cautioned after 'fireworks thrown at cars'

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

One man's been given a conditional caution and three others released without charge after police said fireworks were thrown at cars.

Fireworks seized after arrests
Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police said it happened on Bonfire Night on Waterloo Road, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent.

The four arrested were aged between 18 and 23.