Last weekend officially marked the beginning of the festive season in our household and it all began with Tom, Steph and I taking a trip down the road to Foodies Festival Christmas* at The Old Truman Brewery.
I don’t think I’ve ever been into the Old Truman Brewery before but I was amazed at how huge the space was. It just seemed to keep going. There were loads of stalls, three or four different demonstration and workshop areas and a stage with live music on!
I’ll be honest, the cheese stalls are always my favourites at any food type place we go to and Steph was particularly excited to see Laceys from her home town making an appearance. Their cheese is soooo good I highly recommend you searching them out if you ever find yourself in North Yorkshire.
Now, I don’t think I’ve ever drunk port in my life. Unless, you know, it was mixed with a blue WKD (I’m classy like that) but I did try Blackdown’s Elderberry Port and it was incredible. They also had some Christmas Pudding vodka that I didn’t actually taste but can promise you it smelt exactly like Christmas Pudding. I’m sure it would be gorgeous over the festive period but I couldn’t work out what mixer you would use with it. It was too strong to drink on its own for my liking but I wouldn’t want a mixer to alter the flavour. Soda water maybe?
I signed up to get Abel and Cole deliveries while I was there too. Having been unsatisfied with the fruit and veg I was getting from the supermarket it was an idea I’d been toying with for a while and I have to admit I’m pretty excited to receive my first box on Wednesday.
I also discovered a new company called Wild At Heart. They make some of the most delicious sauces and chutneys from foraged ingredients. I have some Wild Garlic Pesto from them and it’s bloody delicious. I’ve pretty much already eaten half of the jar just as a dip. I have to keep putting it away to tell myself that I am going to cook with it at some point. If I do manage to leave any to use in a recipe I’ll share it here but I can’t promise! It’s totally moorish and I’m already convinced it will go with most things.
After an afternoon of drinking cider, eating scotch eggs and discovering all these wonderful new sellers we were treated to a round of Christmas carols by a local choir. I was totally in the Christmas mood by the time we left and Tom had to spend the rest of the evening digging out the Christmas tree.
Have you tried any of these? Have you been to a Foodies Festival? How did you get in the festive spirit?
PS. Sorry about the photo quality, my replacement camera hasn’t arrived yet and my old one was in my lost handbag.