#Repost Hereford Indie Food Festival Bank Holiday Weekend

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As a Herefordshire Writer I feel one of the best features of this county is our food! We have so many great cafes and restauarants to choose from and it’s guaranteed to release the glutton in you. This Bank Holiday we had the pleasure of a foodie frenzy weekend by way of Hereford Indie Food Festival! This Festival celebrates¬†Hereford’s Independent food culture and is formed by the¬†team¬†behind “A Rule of Tum” Jon Stead, Edwin and Dorian Kirk.

Hereford Indie Food is a community driven project celebrating the independent food scene, chefs, producers + makers in Herefordshire. -HerefordIndieFood.com

Welcome gate

The Line-Up

                             

Makers Market

Makers Stall

The Maker Markets lined the festival en route to the street food stalls. Visit NouveauBohemian.com to read more about some of the artists and designers showcasing their work. It’s such a lovely chance to get to know creatives in our county many of whom studied at Hereford College of Arts.¬†

Some Makers at the Festival:

Field & Found    |    Joel Black Knives    |    Steve Meeks Ceramics    |    Halfkey Clothing    |    Bardot Living    |    Sin Eaters Illustrations

Drinks

Offa Cider    |    Method Coffee |   Chase Distillery

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Queues abounded on The Shack Revolution’s pop-up cocktail stall. Many of you will be familiar with brothers James & Rich Manning who started The Shack Revolution bar located in Bastion mews. Their farm-made boutique and bespoke bars pop up everywhere around the country from Weddings, corporate events and even Wembley Stadium and football clubs! They also provided some live acts via their Shackoustic Sundays spot attached to their drinks booth.

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Next time you’re on a night out in Hereford, visit their bar for pizza, beer or¬†cocktails!

Coffee & Cafe stalls

The festival culminates into a Bohemian foray beginning with Makers Market stalls upon entry. Then as in a restaurant you are tempted with a starter: some nibbles (Goat’s cheese from Neal Yard’s Creamery?) and drinks from cider to cocktails. Finally you make your way through the¬†leafy archway¬†into the street food arena….

Leafy archway

Haystack seating

There’s plenty of seating for all the family from haystacks to sofas!

Union Jack couch

Keg & Cork Bar

The outdoor dining areas had a wonderful communal feel and many visitors from outside our county had come over for Bank Holiday weekend.

I really wished I’d gotten The Chefs supper tickets at the Bookshop. Also I didn’t get around to staying on into the night so missed the music acts!

Food

Farmer Tom Jones ¬† ¬†| ¬† ¬†Noble & Wild ¬† ¬†| ¬† ¬†The Waffle¬†Lion ¬† ¬†| ¬† ¬†The Bookshop¬† ¬† | ¬† ¬†A Rule of Tum ¬† ¬†| ¬† ¬†Jake’s Cured Meats ¬† ¬†| ¬† The Beefy Boys¬† ¬† | ¬† ¬†Neal Yard’s Creamery

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King Street Kitchen Team

As I have such a sweet tooth my first stop was at the King Street Kitchen stall where I purchased a salted pistachio brownie (made with coconut flour) and tried the gigantic chocolate, caramel and pretzel cake which was divine!

The Beefy Boys Stall

It was absolutely jam-packed and the unusually¬†rainy weather couldn’t deter us from this gourmet gathering. All in all an excellently executed collection of music, food, fresh produce and creativity. It was a pleasure to be in attendance this year and I look forward to returning again next year!

Spectacular Wall of Flowers on display by The Great British Florist

How delightful are these flowers carefully arranged by The Great British Florist? This particular florist is based on a farm in the Duchy Estate in Herefordshire.

Did you know….

At the moment only 10% of the flowers sold in Britain are actually grown here. Please join us in our mission to change all that. Good for humans and fantastic for wildlife, British Flowers are fresh, scented, natural and sustainable… -The Great British Florist team

Show your support by buying your next lot of flowers at GreatBritishFlorist.co.uk

The team also facilitate The Great British Florist Flower School. From single workshops to a series of workshops you can dabble your green fingers in their courses!

Wall of flowers made by The Great British Florist

The article was originally posted on HerefordshireWriters.co.uk found here.

Read more about Edwin Kirk, Jon Stead and Dorian Kirk on Herefordshire Live here.

For Full Listings of businesses, bars, cafes, makers, street food and live acts on show over weekend 27th-28th August 2016 visit HerefordIndieFood.com plus check out their magazine: Hereford Indie Food’s Magazine (Vol. 1) here.


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ūüćī What to eat at Hay-on-Wye? ūüćī ‚ėē ūüćē Try Oscar’s Bistro! ūüćē ‚ėē

So Hay Festival this year was splendid. The hour long scenic bus route was wonderful and I got chatting to some local attendees during the bus ride and I got to sit on the front seats at the top of the double-decker bus; feeling like a carefree girl of five! The ride was swift and soon I had arrived on the Welsh-English border town of Hay-on-Wye. return bus fare only a tenner.

It’s town centre is filled with a plethora of quaint, traditional caf√©s and bistros. This time I stumbled upon Oscar’s Bistro and popped in for the first time. (As Hay is a small town many caf√©s are likely to be cash only even in peak season’s.)

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Whilst wandering the small streets of Hay it appears most of the places to eat serve soups, panini’s, cakes and good old-fashioned British comfort food.

Oscar’s Bistro took cash and card payment and as I am notoriously hopeless at carrying cash this made it an ideal choice. I was not disappointed. Although quite small there is seating upstairs and downstairs with tales for x4 people at a time plus¬†couple seats outside. Although I was travelling alone you’d think by the amount of food I ordered I had little urchins to feed!

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The servings are gigantic compared to other British caf√©’s! On the top-right we have a ¬£9 plate of a veggie quiche, salad, lentil/bean salad and boiled potatoes drenched in salad cream-a little too much for my liking in terms of cream…And oh yes there was coleslaw too. Great value and superb taste! I really enjoyed it and took bites of the veggie lasagne which is the centre plate dish. I was having a carbalicious feast. I was majorly overdosing on carbs like a famished soul! I’m sure other diners were looking at me like I was Little Miss Glutton! It was so worth it. I absolutely want to return. The generous servings make you feel spoilt like Royalty and the taste of the dishes are flavoursome the only thing that irked me is the excessive salad cream in the new potatoes and coleslaw.¬†This was washed down with Earl Grey-disappointingly only¬†two small saucer cups worth of tea.

Then came the cinnamon-spiced apple cake. More apple slices than pastry but a perfectly sweet and crisp appley goodness taste.DSC_0015I would absolutely return and eat myself to carb oblivion. 8/10.

Review: The Swallow Bakery, Cheltenham.

JpegMy first visit to the Swallow Bakery was back in 2012, whilst working at The Times Cheltenham literature festival (in the kids tent), and en route to the train station homeward bound, decided to stop by because it was right next to the festival tents. In a rush I grabbed a cupcake which was so scrumptious with a generous serving of icing, I knew I would have to comeback again. 
JpegCut to December 2014 and beyond I¬†throughly enjoy returning because the cakes are THAT good. Above on the left is the three-tiered lemon cake.JpegAs you can see there is luscious, thickly spread icing between the beautifully¬†moist sponges and very tasty icing on top and a squiggle of cream! Indulgent and satisfyingly creamy. Not the place to go when you’re on a diet! The slices are gigantic! You definitely receive generous, dreamy servings in this bakery.JpegFirst¬†I ate the panini on the far right . It is a delicious, can’t-go-wrong: chicken, mozzarella and pesto filling. All good and served hot. This savory sandwich was followed by the lemon cake and Bailey’s cupcake eaten in alternating intervals of the cakes; per two bites. My taste buds relished the juxtaposing¬†rich, creamy lemon cake followed by bites of the chocolately cupcake. Yes I am indulgent like that! Greedier than Nigella Lawson! The icing tasted of Bailey’s and sat¬†atop the complimentary¬†chocolate cupcake sponge. Absolutely fabulous! I urge you to visit the Swallow Bakery. (Or better yet order online as they prepare x24 cupcake batches for home delivery! Wow!) For readers outside of the UK at the time of this writing:¬†http://swallowbakery.com/pages.php?pageid=2 ¬† states: “We can ship to virtually anywhere in the World.” Double Wow!!!

Though I am happy to commute an our for an afternoon in glorious Cheltenham and loose-leaf tea & cakes in this particular café.

The drawbacks to this lovely place is that the cakes ¬†sit prettily with no cake stand glass lid! Argh! So if you’re lucky the cake will be fresh and moist. If you have popped in on a quieter day then with no lid covering the cake you find one slice horribly dry and unappetizing. Damn!

No problems with the panini’s tasty and sufficient fillings inside. However the other ‘warm’ foods like the mini burgers are ¬†cooked presumably earlier on in the day¬†then simply left out on display so when you eat it, it is COLD!!!!! ¬†*Bleurgh!*

So this lovely caf√© receives 7/10. In my humble opinion this deserves a¬†“very good” label.

Food Review: Marks & Spencer Easter Chocolate Nest Cake

Food at M&S is usually always excellent. But today they let me down. How can you go wrong with a chocolate cake? cake1 The Easter Chocolate Nest cake upon first bite tasted of¬†deceit. It was not right. I thought it would be as tasty as Marks & Spencer’s Extremely Chocolately Party Cake that I have every birthday. But it did not. The quality of of the sponge was good but the chocolate butter cream tasted like a cheap additive-drenched artificial¬†chocolate sauce served at a crap ice cream van. Its texture like cheap chocolate sauce mixed with butter-disappointing. cake2 I freely allowed others in the house to help themselves to it because I would not be eating anymore of it-ever! ¬†It was no doubt a cake made to cash in on the Easter holidays (it costs ¬£10.) It is worth 0/10.¬†A very disappointing and distasteful product by M & S.