The East of England Food Festival!

Today we went to the The East of England Food Festival which was being held  at Knebworth Park and it was, quite simply, absolutely fantastic. This is an annual food festival and I just know its going to become a regular event in my foodie calendar. Perhaps I should tell you why…

When you walk into the grounds of the beautiful Knebworth House you are met with 4 large tents as well as street food style stalls and two event arenas in the middle. Under the canvas you will find all sorts of local produce; from organic, locally produced VegBoxes, a range of different oils (including the ever popular rape seed oil,) cheeses, sausages, frozen yogurt, cakes, breads, sauces, chutneys and much, much more! If its made in the East of England and you can eat it, the likelihood is there is someone selling it at the East of England Food Festival.

I couldn’t help myself and ended up spending a small fortune!

East of England Food Festival Purchases

When we got home we all flopped straight on to the sofa. Our feet were a little sore from walking up and down the tents trying all of the free samples we possibly could before deciding what to buy. But, after a few moments of bliss, we soon realised we had a fair amount of fresh produce that needed to make its way to the fridge but before we did so we thought we’d have a quick check to see what we had actually bought! Courtesy of the East of England Food Festival we have the following:

  • Blackberry and Apple Pie from the Limetree Pantry (www.limetreepantry.com), I also got to try a gorgeous lemon and apple pie they were showcasing specially at the East of England Food Festival.
  • There were also a lot of different curry stalls. Indian food is one of my favourites, and I treated myself to Anila’s Hot Methi Sauce (www.anilassaces.com) which is so delicately spiced with a nice kick of chilli heat at the end. I also bought a pack of Onion Bhaji mix from the Bhaji Man (www.bhajiman.co.uk) from the festival. I have never attempted them before but their demonstration made them look so easy to make!
  • As my boyfriend, Jon absolutely LOVES cheese I also bought a smoked apple cheese, and a spicy garlic cheese (after trying all 15 varieties of course) from Lymn Bank Farm (www.postacheese.com) These were brilliant value for money!
  • I was also astounded at how many cake stalls were present. Hundreds ‘n’ Thousands particularly impressed and I’ve now invested in two types of edible glitter (www.rainbowdust.co.uk)

Masterclasses and demonstrations

You might be forgiven for thinking the East of England Food Festival is just a giant farm shop but you’d be wrong! The day also boasted wine/ale tasting and cookery demonstrations! The wine tasting was most definitely the highlight, and I have learnt so much about how to taste wine, how to NOT match it to food, and how a £3 bottle of wine sold by Sainsbury’s is no different to the branded bottle being sold for £6!

The cookery demonstration was also quite special. The chef whipped up a Pollock and Butternut Squash Chowder in just 15 minutes and it tasted divine!

All in all it was a lovely afternoon and well worth the £8 entry fee! There was so much to keep us entertained, and so many lovely things to taste I won’t be needing dinner tonight! If you’re in the area next year make sure you get yourself to the East of England Food Festival.

Emma

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