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RARE whiskies from around the British Isles will be sampled at Drams and Drinking Songs, a whisky-tasting at Abbeydale Road’s Rude Shipyard bookshop and cafe on Saturday, May 5.

Rousing music from James Cannon and the Sinners and a drinking songs Open Mic will be accompanied by Ireland’s multi-award winner Red Breast 12-year-old, St. George’s Distillery Chapter 9, the first peated English single malt, Welsh Penderyn Single Malt, Speyside’s Dailuaine 16-year-old and the rare Ardbeg Alligator.

Entry is £15 including four drams and a raffle ticket for a bottle of limited edition Scotch Edradour 1997 if you book at – or pay £2.50 on the door and buy whisky as you go.

SATURDAY Kitchen star James Martin is calling young cooks from South Yorkshire to step up and make mincemeat of the competition in a national kids’ cookery contest.

The Red Tractor Make It With Mince Challenge is for 11-16 year-olds. The winner gets a trip to London to go behind the scenes at Saturday Kitchen and eat at London restaurants.

Entrants must create original recipes with beef or lamb mince. Enter at

PIE-LOVERS can choose their perfect combo at Abbey Lane bistro Spoon. Fillings – including beef and ale and chicken, mushroom and tarragon – can be topped with crumble or puff pastry.

The pie is baked while you wait and served with rustic roasties and peas. Pie and a glass of house wine for two is £20 every Thursday.