The Real Food Festival 2009 brought together a huge selection of small-scale producers, and I really enjoyed sampling and buying their wares as well as talking to them about their products and businesses.
What I liked was the opportunity to meet so many smaller producers – these tiny businesses can seldom afford to attend the big food shows, and as a consequence, one sees the same few brands again and again and again. Whilst I did, as an ardent food lover, know a few of the producers at the show, most of those I encountered were new to me – something I found very exciting.
I’m looking forward to attending again this year and I have a pair of tickets to give away so two more food lovers can enjoy the show too!
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Last year, I particularly loved:-
- A light, refreshing, crisp and very grown up sparkling cider from Polgoon Vineyard and Orchard.
- A delicate, aromatic Jasmine Silver Tip Tea from The Rare Tea Company.
- A moist Pommes Calvados Pain d’Epices sold by It’s French!
- Crunchy, munchy seed snacks from Munchy Seeds.
- Mint truffles from Gorvett & Stone.
- Organic bacon from Hazeldene Farm’s.
- Lime honey from Orchid Apiaries.
And many more!
Here are just a few of the producers from last year’s show:-
This year’s festival takes place at London‘s Earls Court from the 7-10 May.
As well as being able to talk to and buy from the many stall holders you can also see great chefs such as Oliver Rowe, Thomasina Miers, Giorgio Locatelli, Cyrus Todiwala and Vineet Bhatia in action. The show also features Chocolate Unwrapped, showcasing some top chocolate artisans. And if you want to play farmer for the day, you can try your hand at milking and butter churning not to mention say he-e-e-e-llo to the stars of the Sheep Show!
For all the latest information about this year’s show and exhibitors, visit the Real Food Festival 2010 website.