The 21stCenturyVillage team were invited along to the Foodies Festival in Battersea Park last weekend to check out the full programme and demos by michelin starred chefs.
It was scorchio on Saturday when we headed down to Battersea Park – it was really buzzing and we all had a great afternoon checking out the range of slow food and artisanal drinks on offer.
The core of the festival was mooted to be the chef’s demonstrations which took place every day of the event and included some big names – on the day we visited, famous chefs included Clare Smyth from Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Ben Tish from Saltyard and Martin Dickinson & James Cornwall from J Sheekey cooking John Dory. These events took place in a huge marquee at the heart of the festival.
It was great to watch the chefs perform but for us, the stars of the show were the artisanal producers and suppliers that passionately showcased their products around the periphery. Such an amazing selection we can’t mention everyone but of those we tasted and chatted to we would have to applaud:
The Dorset Cider Company with their barrels of delicious tasting cider – who could resist something called Dorset Nectar?
Artisan cheese and bacon from Shropshire – great offers on the day we couldn’t resist
The Purbeck Ice Cream Company – deliciously cooling
Bar Rosso – cool prosecco and loved the vintage Citroen van
The Tin Can Coffee company – the best mocha frappacinno we’ve tasted (it was even hotter by this time)
Mars Ice Cream – we didn’t taste as we were too late but just drooled over their van…
Kamm & Sons – Ginseng Spirit which was served from a Barcycle – cool adaptation of a Bakfiets…
Lakeland Fudge – mmm
SuperCherry – The most delicious Italian cherry liqueur -Visciolata del Cardinale, a cherry-infused wine combining sour cherries and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Supercherry are the sole importers of this artisanal product from La Marche – anything from their range would make great foodie gifts this Christmas
Swiss Merangz – delicious and so much easier than even trying to make them yourself – the Little Round Cake Company makes them in the traditional way and they use free range eggs
Foodies Festival pops up all round the UK – visit their site to see when it will next take place near you.