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With two Bank Holidays and a seasonal larder fit to burst with amazing produce, May is a magical time of year for food lovers. There's a hint of summer in the air as blowsy blooms of elderflower start to emerge in our hedgerows, and the first glut of fresh strawberries and cherries hit the shelves.

Elderflower in particular is a real star ingredient, and once you've made your own cordial there are endless opportunities for using it in everything from cakes and puds to preserves and cocktails. Jersey Royals are also in abundance, and we head to the island to see what all the fuss is all about.

Nothing says spring like a lazy afternoon tea and Lisa Faulkner's recipes for all kinds of bite sized treats are perfect for relaxed bank holiday eating. And don't miss Ruby Tandoh's brilliant British bakes – her twist on chocolate bourbons is pretty genius.

If you're looking for more adventurous pursuits this month, why not take inspiration from our tour of Scotland's best distilleries and sample Scotch straight from the source? Otherwise, our ten-page guide to smoking and curing is packed with helpful hints, tips and recipes for smoking meat and fish at home – trust us, it's much easier than you'd think!

And don't forget to vote for your British food favourites in our 2015 Farm Produce Awards. Fill in the form in the latest issue or vote online at greatbritishfoodmagazine.com/awards to be in with a change of winning an amazing prize.

Great British Food Magazine

With top chefs clamouring to cook with local, seasonal and British produce and increasing numbers of small producers creating delicious regional food for everyone to enjoy, there has never been a better time to celebrate the revival of British food.

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