Father’s Day Presents

cambridge food tour father's day presents

Fathers’ Day Not For Foodies?

Barbequed sirloin with chimichurri sauce, hot hounds with beer-and-mustard-barbed onions or spicy lamb albondigas, delicious hearty idea’s for a Father’s day lunch at home. I was pleased to find out, that the local offering has improved since 2012. Finally, foodie fathers can be spoilt now too.

Last year I wondered why there were so little foodie treats on offer for that special man in our lives. Of course, next Sunday’s lunch doesn’t have to be called Father’s day lunch as any type of lunch will do, but we like to make our Father’s feel just as special as our Mothers. Hasn’t society changed at all then?

The modern-day father comes in various forms. Today’s father is no longer the traditional married breadwinner and disciplinarian in the family. He can be single or married; externally employed or stay-at-home; gay or straight; and adoptive or step-parent; and a more than capable carer to children facing physical or psychological challenges. It’s the only job for which you don’t have to apply, you never can call in sick, with no holidays and it is the job of a lifetime, but it is a very rewarding one.



cambridge-food-tour-michelin-star-restaurant-Froukje-StateUnfortunately, I cannot take my father out for lunch anymore, but if I could I would take him to his favourite Foodie Haunt, Frouckje State in Ryperkerk and as a special treat he would get an extra big bowl of soup.(now at Fosk Leeuwarden)


the-three-horseshoes-madingley father's day presentsWhere would I have treated my father then in Cambridge & Beyond? Unfortunately, he has never had the chance to visit Cambridge many times, but he would have loved the Three Horse Shoes in Madingley and I think Richard would have served him that big bowl of soup too!

I am glad to see, that society is finally changing and that fathers are now seen as ‘king of the kitchen’ too and not just the helper of the princess. There is this cliché image of the BBQ being the only domain for fathers with a pint of beer in their hand. Times have moved on, probably influenced by the many cookery programmes on TV. For the real foodie father, this might not be enough. How do you surprise him then when he wakes up? Breakfast in bed? Great idea, but what would be than on his tray? Scrambled eggs on toast, egg Benedictine or a bacon bap with brown sauce? Delicious!


cambridge food tour voucher

These treats will have gone in seconds. So what else can you treat him with? There are actually some nice local foodie gifts around.

  1. A gift voucher for one of our Foodie Experiences
  2. A gift voucher for the Sunday Kitchen where he can learn about truffles, cooking with chillies and learn from the top chocolatier in Cambridge how to make that perfect chocolate dessert.
  3. Spoil him on a food tour with us. Apart from the Best of  Cambridge Food, he can look forward to an interesting local ale and food pairing and a cheese and tipple tasting, which will definitely get him talking!
  4. Problem: he wants to go out with his foodie mates? We love that too! We’ll create something especially for them. The only thing you have to do is give a budget, tell us what he likes and the date and we’ll create something unique for him and his friends. We even can take them to a ‘whiskey parlour’.
  5. Into baking? Then a baking session with our French patisserie chef would be perfect for him.  Macarons or artisan cakes would be on the menu.

cambridge-food-tour-gourmandises-macaronsI am sure you will agree with me, that these Foodie gifts are all very exciting and incredibly delicious. If you’re still hunting for Foodie surprises for your Father, you better not get him one of these 10 gifts as he might rustle up a really nasty creation for you!






One of the hottest Foodie Father’s Day presents must be one from Heston Blumenthal‘s collection. I am very surprised, that the SousVide Supreme only has hit the consumer market now. Thirty years ago it was the most important piece of equipment in the kitchens of the Nouvelle Cuisine chef’s.

Whatever your plans or gifts are, have a lovely day on Sunday and Bon Appetite!




Gerla de Boer

Gerla de Boer is the founder of the award-winning Cambridge Food Tour in Cambridge, UK. She is a globetrotter foodie and always keen to get under the skin of a city or country she visits. She likes to get off the beaten track to get to know the latest food, fine local produce, visit their local markets and check out the hot places to eat in town. These experiences she takes back to Cambridge to create amazing food tours and events. Connect with Gerla on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram