Farm Shop & Deli Show
We will be on the Shire Foods stand and we have some exciting news to announce at the show!
Abergavenny Food Festival
Thame Food Festival
Following our successful entries at Great Taste 2014, we are launching these award winning recipes in beautiful new bottles.
All our British fruit vinegars are set to become even fruitier this year, following extensive research and customer feedback. Our recipes are still true to our long heritage, but reflect a keenness to reduce sugar intake, resulting in even more vibrant and intense fruit and herb tastes. No wonder they won the Nigel Barden Heritage Award at Great Taste 2014 (Golden Raspberry & Apache Chilli Vinegar).
The 100ml bottles make ideal impulse and gift purchases as well as being an excellent introduction to the joys of our intensely fruity vinegars. An essential for hampers.
We also produce all our range in handy plastic, kitchen-safe bottles for catering, ideal for fine food outlets whom serve food to eat on their premises as well as for chefs.
And we will have all of these for you to try for the first time on 6-8th September at Olympia, London. Please check the Speciality website for more news on this year's premium TRADE ONLY show.
Then it is off to the beautiful town of Abergavenny for what is definitely one of the highlights of the food calendar. Once again, I will be in the Market Hall, armed and ready for you to try and buy our whole new range. Please chack the organisers' website for festival news and tickets.
And then the month is rounded off with a return to the delightful market place in Thame for the year's annual foodie get together in this pretty corner of my home county. This year, we will be on Cornmarket, at the Eastern end of the town centre. For further information on the festival, please visit the Thame Festival website.
See you there!
As usual, September is a very busy month....
Following a visit to the always excellent Speciality and Fine Food show in Olympia, London, on Monday and Tuesday 8th and 9th, we will be exhibiting again in the Market Hall at Abergavenny Food Festival on 20th-21st.
The chefs amongst you will be keen to know that we are thrilled to be exhibiting at River Cottage HQ for the Universal Cookery & Food Festival on Wednesday 24th for our first time.
The following weekend, we return for our annual visit to Thame Food Festival on Saturday 27th.
*Advance notice: we will also be exhibiting at the Restaurant Show (TRADE ONLY) at Earls Court, London on 6th-8th October.
It is that time of year again, when we brave the Autumn weather to see you all at two of the best food festivals. Next weekend is the very popular Abergavenny Food Festival and then, on Saturday 28th, it is Thame Food Festival. See you there, all fruity and vinegared!
For the first time ever, we will be exhibiting our fruit vinegars and more at Anuga World Food Fair in October. Following sending shipments to Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Austria this year, we look forward to sharing our delightful flavours with more of Europe...
Our exhibitor listing shows that we are in Hall 10.2 and Stand G-065b.
If you are attending and would like to make an appointment with our Sales Manager, Wendy Preston, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The show is from 19th-21st July at Ragley Hall, Alcester not far from Stratford-upon-Avon
|Grandfa and Oliver|
Food shows come and food shows go. As an exhibitor, you don't always know what to expect: plenty of opportunity to catch up with fellow exhibitors, a mad panic to protect your stock from being ruined in a downpour of English weather or lots of enthusiastic people eager to talk about artisan food production. And so it was in Cheltenham last weekend where I attended the Food Festival for the first time...
On the way there very early on the first morning of three, I had time to work out that it was fully 29 years since I had been at school at Cheltenham College. Maybe I should not have been so surprised to find myself having become a grandfather to a very beautiful boy called Oliver in the same week!
The festival was in the beautiful setting of Montpellier Gardens. We were in a large marquee surrounded by lots of other lovely producers like Cotswold Gold, Grumpies Pies (thanks for the lunch!) and Artisan Smokehouse who use maple for all their smoking, which makes particularly their smoked duck taste really sweet and tender. Being practically unique, we rarely find ourselves having to compete with many other fruit vinegar producers so we enjoy talking to people about how to use them and how to be creative in the kitchen with a good glug of our vinegars. When possible, though, we try to ensure our vinegars are included in the cookery theatre or we work with a local chef to showcase a recipe. I had recently met a charming fellow called Wayne Sullivan at an event at the impressive herb and micro leaf growers, Westlands, near Evesham and found out he is a head chef in Cheltenham, so I asked if he would like to do a demonstration on our stand on the Sunday. He loved the idea and, fresh from having moved house, he turned up with his whole family to show just how easy it is to make a delicious salmon ceviche. And, being a chef, this was also a great opportunity for visitors to ask questions about food preparation and mixing flavours and what is ceviche! (Ceviche is, put simply, raw fish marinated in citrus juice or vinegar and spices; the acid in the juice denatures the proteins in the meat in much the same way as cooking would. The flesh becomes opaque, the texture firmer and dryer, yet the flavours remain spanking fresh. Naturally, our vinegars do the job beautifully).
So, on a day off from his role as Head Chef at the local Storyteller Restaurant, Wayne made a delicious salmon ceviche with our Strawberry & Mint vinegar and finished with our Lime, Black Pepper & Lavender for a punchy sourness.
200g fresh salmon, diced as fine as you can make it
1 red chilli, finely sliced up to the seeds (or a little further up for more spice)
1 whole spring onion, finely sliced
10g coriander, finely chopped.
1 lime, zested & quartered
10ml Womersley Strawberry & Mint vinegar
Toasted ciabatta, crackers, biscuits (anything crispy)
Womersley Lime, Black pepper & Lavender Vinegar (for drizzle before serving)
Prepare all ingredient in a bowl as fine as you can as this will ensure the vinegar can infuse, cure and tenderise.
Try not to prepare too far in advance but the longer you leave it then the more cured the fish will be.
Simply spoon small quantities on to pieces of toasted ciabatta, drizzle over the Lime, Black Pepper & Lavender vinegar and serve.
This recipe was inspired by Wayne's time as head chef at Storyteller, an eclectic fusion restaurant in Cheltenham that blends traditional Californian cooking with modern and European techniques.
A whole load of shows planned for the next few weeks:
Thursday 22nd Nov. Late Night Shopping at Burford Garden Centre
We are amongst many others doing tastings in the wonderful surroundings at Burford.
Saturday 24th Nov. Cookery School Day Course at Swinton Park Cookery School. We will be talking a little about Womersley during Head Chef, John Rogers' course for Dinner Party cooking.
Saturday 24th Nov. Beverley Christmas Food and Drink Festival. We are joining others in this festive fair at Beverley Minster.
Weds-Sunday 28th Nov-2nd Dec. BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW, WINTER 2012. The biggest of the BBC Good Food Shows and the chance to find many Christmas food gifts. This year, there is also an app to help you find your way around the show. Just go to the app store and search for Good Food Show Winter 2012. We are on stand FLF60 in Hall 6, near Saturday Kitchen and within easy sniffing distance of the World Cheese Awards.
Saturday 1st Dec. Malton Food Lovers Christmas Market. We will be doing tastings and there will be cookery demos. FREE ENTRY and FREE PARKING.
Sunday 9th Dec. ABERGAVENNY Christmas Food and Drink Festival. We finish the year with this very busy and popular day in Abergavenny, armed with festive treats.
September rounds off this year with two really inspirational locations for food festivals. Following last year's successful Thame Food Festival, this year's is even bigger as the whole town centre will be closed off, allowing more space for exhibitors and visitors alike. And, for the first time ever, we will also be at Dyrham Park, just off Junction 18 of the M4 near Chippenham on Sunday: a beautiful National Trust home and garden.
|Lotte Duncan, Patron|
Thame Food Festival is a landmark event in the food calendar. It attracts visitors to the town from far and wide. This wonderful showcase for local artisan food and drink producers and retailers in the region is a celebration of everything that is right with food and is a great chance to enjoy a bustling, fun filled, FREE, family day out in the centre of this historic Oxfordshire market town.
Visitors can choose to watch local and celebrity chef demonstrations or hear expert opinion and talks on selected food topics. There are children's workshops, hands-on food making stalls and a huge variety of wonderful exhibitor food stalls to sample and buy from. Events also include a fantastic raffle, competitions, street music and street entertainment.
The Patron of Thame Food Festival is TV chef and writer, Lotte Duncan, and the wonderful Ambassador is 'The Very Hungry Local Frenchman', Raymond Blanc. This rich vein of expert knowledge and food passion is enhanced by a wealth of food specialists and producers, and a great team of organisers.
We were lucky enough to meet Raymond Blanc recently, at the 5th Anniversary of Brasserie Blanc, in Leeds, who we are proud to supply. As you can see, Wendy was putting her best foot forward that day...
|Rupert Parsons, Raymond Blanc, Wendy Preston|
With barely a pause for breath, we then zoom down the M4 overnight to set up our gazebo at the enchanting National Trust location of Dyrham Park for the latest Love Food festival.
The Love Food market will be packed full of spicy chorizo, freshly ground coffees, salt marsh lamb, dark chocolate brownies, local ales, seasonal fruit and vegetables, sloe wine, award winning sausages, chutneys, hand crafted goods and much more. The picnic area will also delight, with an excellent selection of street food providing some great lunch. Wash this down with award-winning cider and the Festival's much loved soundtrack and this will make for a very great Sunday.
Free children's activities for all ages will also be provided as Love Food Festival will be supporting the National Trust's "50 Things to do before you are 11¾" campaign, encouraging children to become less sofa-bound and get back out into the countryside.
The much anticipated Abergavenny Food Festival is once again almost upon us. Last year, this proved to be our busiest town food festival, full of knowledgeable and enthusiastic visitors. The town is so picturesque that I used a few spare minutes last year to take some photos as well, like this one:
|Abergavenny Market Hall|
We have been fortunate enough recently to supply our fruit vinegars to a particularly prestigious event of an elite sporting nature in a city not too far from here and this will be our first chance to show off our goods since the event ended. As you can tell, we are not allowed to say what this is, but come and taste for yourself why we were chosen...
This year, we are in the Market Hall and have far more space to exhibit. You can find us on Stall number 35, see the map below. Unlike last year, this means we'll be under cover (in the unlikely event of rain) and in the same area as the exciting Kitchen Stage where we hope to see the chefs doing a few demonstrations with our vinegars...well, you never know! You can see the timetable of the chefs demonstrating on the Abergavenny FoodFest site.
Do come along, then, to Abergavenny this Saturday and Sunday, 15th and 16th September for an exciting visit to a beautiful town at its' best. We will, for the first time, have our four chutneys available for you and our new Taste Award winners have lovely new labels, too...
Following a Summer of Sport, Gold and the occasional glimpse of watery sun, it is back to school/work and we are bracing ourselves to show off our big Taste Award winners. So that you can find us at a show, here is a brief run down of where we'll be over the next few weeks. And, for future reference, we have a calendar on our Shows page, too. Do click on the show links below for further information as each show has a host of other great reasons for you to visit:
31st August-2nd September Chatsworth Country Fair, Derbyshire
1st-2nd Sept Jamie Oliver's Big Feastival, Kingham, Oxfordshire
15th Sept Gail's Garden Party, Hampstead, London
15th-16th Sept Abergavenny Food Festival (our stand is in the Market Hall)
21st Sept Tasting at Local Roots, High Wycombe
29th Sept Thame Food Festival, Oxfordshire
30th Sept Love Food Festival, Dyrham Park, Bath
Where better to celebrate Yorkshire Day than in Yorkshire! And, of course, we have a double reason to celebrate after having just heard that Yorkshire favourite, our Raspberry Vinegar, won TOP50 in this year's Taste Awards.
And that is exactly what we'll be doing next Wednesday, August 1st. We are exhibiting at Wentbridge House Hotel during the day and then we will also be Guest Producer at Ye Old Sun Inn at Colton near Tadcaster in the evening.
There will be a lot going on at Wentbridge House during the day, including chef demonstrations from some of Yorkshire's finest including Tim Bilton, Tom Rennolds, Robert Ramsden, Josh Angell and John Rogers as well as a whole host of entertainment for all the family including Flat Cap Flinging! The event is all in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, so do come and support them and us.
In the evening, top chef Ashley McCarthy is hosting a special evening to celebrate Yorkshire Day at the popular Ye Old Sun Inn at Colton. We will be doing a short talk about Fruit Vinegars....
We are getting all fishy this weekend with a trip to exhibit in Weymouth, site of the Olympic sailing competition as well as the annual Dorset Seafood Festival. In fact, we are going to be so fishy that we are exhibiting right next to festival sponsors and funky clotheswear, Weird Fish.If you want to know where to find us at the festival, we are on Stand 48a on Custom House Quay. Oh, and we are armed with some fantastic recipes and great flavours for all your favourite fishy dishes...
|We are next to the First Aid Point where you see the Green Cross|
Well, if it does ever stop raining and the Summer arrives this year, you can try this lovely salad recipe by Simon Blackwell.
As promised in my last blog post, here is the amazing dish Simon (aka The Buff Baker) did for us at the recent BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham. Of course, you don't have to wait for the sun to come out: the flavours in this salad are so vibrant and Summery that it will bring a smile to your face
|Simon doing the prep...|
|This was consumed by the visitors in seconds!|
We were fortunate enough to have the aptly named Buff Baker, aka Simon Blackwell, doing a couple of recipes with our Strawberry & Mint at the BBC Good Food Show last week. First up was a tantalising salad which I will also post here soon, but since Wimbledon is nearly upon us, I thought you would love to have a go at this truly scrummy and very fruity Wimbledon Trifle.
|Simon Blackwell, the Buff Baker|
|Womersley Wimbledon Trifle|
We are positioned opposite a huge Yakult pot near the South entrance on stand FLF53.
We have a treat for you on Friday as Great British Bake Off's Simon Blackwell (the Buff Baker) will be doing a couple of demos so don't miss out! We will post the recipes here after the show.
Also, we have a special three berries gift Packs for Father's Day:
Strawberry & Mint, Raspberry and Blackberry.
See you there...