14 May 2013

Our members taking part in Open Farm Sunday

Photo: © childsdesign
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The opportunity to experience what life is like on a real working farm is within reach for all of us on 9th June. Each year British farms open their gates as they take part in the event known as Open Farm Sunday organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming). The AFT members taking part are, Samphire (Sycamore Farm), Norfolk and Offley Hoo Farm, Hertfordshire.

Photo: © childsdesign
Open Farm Sunday is a project which has seen hundreds of farmers across the UK opening up their farm for one Sunday each year since 2006. It is the perfect opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer.

Each event is unique with its own activities. Activities during the day may include a farm walk, nature trail, tractor and trailer rides, pond dipping, activities for children, a mini farmers' market or picnics.

As well as being educationally valuable in a time when many children seem to have lost the connection with where their food comes from, it is also a day of fun and entertainment for all the family.

Sycamore Farm (Samphire) in Norfolk
Open from 11am until 4pm

Highlights will include:

  • Meet the animals
  • Static machinery display
  • Food available
  • Farm shop and fresh produce

Farm features: Sheep, pigs, poultry, vegetable, fruit, flowers and plants, farm shop
Further details on the OFS website


Offley Hoo Farm in Hertfordshire
Open from 11am until 3pm

Highlights will include:

  • Meet the animals
  • Tractor and trailer rides
  • Static machinery display
  • Hosted farm tour
  • Food available
  • Farm shop and fresh produce
  • Pollinator survey

Farm features: Arable, beef, sheep, pigs, environmental stewardship, farm shop
Further details on the OFS website


If these farms are too far out of your area visit the Open Farm Sunday website and to see all the farms participating: www.farmsunday.org


Photo: © childsdesign

10 May 2013

The Wildman family are back on ITV's The Dales


The Dales returns to ITV1 on 13th May at 8pm with a brand new third series.
The Dales, presented by Adrian Edmondson visits this beautiful area of Yorkshire and the people who live and work in some its remote communities.

Adrian Edmondson will be meeting up with the county's characters again following their exploits, trials, and tribulations. One of those people will be Chris Wildman of Paganum Produce and the series will be featuring the grand opening of the new butchery and farm shop, with Adrian performing the ribbon cutting ceremony as well as the Wildman family's eldest son Will and his farming exploits.

To find out more about Paganum Produce visit the page on The Artisan Food Trail here and to find our about the butchery and charcuterie courses on offer visit the page here

7 May 2013

Sweet Heat: Capsicana Sweet Chilli Sauce approved

Photo: © Capsicana Chilli Co

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In the second of our reviews of Capsicana Chilli Co’s new chilli sauces, the next taste testing session was Sweet Chilli Sauce.

On first impression, the sauce is an attractive jewel red colour and has a good consistency. It’s not too thick or too runny, although tapping the bottom of the upended bottle helps to get things moving on first use.

The flavour is well balanced with just the right amount of sweetness which avoids being cloying as it is offset by the tang of vinegar. The heat level is just right so that it doesn’t compete with or overpower other foods.
We really like the addition of fresh root ginger for added zing and also the sparse amount of chilli seeds. Often, other sweet chilli sauces have so many pesky pips that it detracts from the enjoyment as they get stuck in your teeth.
The level of garlic is good too – a background hum that enhances the overall flavour and doesn’t have an odd lingering aftertaste.

As usual, we managed to try it on pretty much everything and in honour of its Asian influenced ingredients, the first meal was a chicken and vegetable fried rice dish. The sauce was the perfect complement.
Continuing on the Asian/Oriental theme it is great as a simple dip for rice crackers or in which to dunk a spring roll. Other foods to dip could include crab cakes, fish goujons or even scampi. It’s great with vegetables too and a delicious accompaniment for sweetcorn fritters or these courgette fritters that we featured last year.
Partnering well with chicken and pork, we wouldn’t hesitate in adding a dollop to a sausage sandwich.

Being 100% handmade in small batches in the UK, containing no artificial ingredients and suitable for vegans, Sweet Chilli Sauce Sauce gets our seal of approval.

We are pleased to award Capsicana Chilli Co our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their Sweet Chilli Sauce.


To find out more about Capsicana Chilli Co visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here. You'll find links to their website where you can buy the sauces online.


Look out for more reviews on the rest of the chilli sauce range coming soon!

6 May 2013

Brand new website launches for Alan Coxon’s Historic Food Range


Buying Alan Coxon’s historic food range has become easier since the launch of a dedicated website foodbyalancoxon.com.

A few months ago, Alan Coxon got in touch with us at The Artisan Food Trail to ask whether we’d be able to create a website for him which would allow him to sell his products more effectively.

Visitors to our website will notice that we have various offerings to assist our members, one of those being website services. The Artisan Food Trail works with experts to ensure that it can achieve the best results according to budget and this is where Building Websites For Business comes in.

Consisting of three key people, one of whom is Graham Childs who is not only joint founder of The Artisan Food Trail but also a director and the design/creative member of the team. He is responsible for the look of the website, creating a strong brand identity. Steve Ramsey handles the technical side, making sure the website is set up to be found easily on the web and is Google friendly (it’s a lot more complicated than we make it sound!) Dawn Mimnagh is the copywriter. Her role is to create readable, grammatically correct text that is accurate as well as interesting and informative.

But enough about the behind the scenes stuff, the best part is that the foodbyalancoxon.com website is live, it’s looking good and ready to take orders. Each product is proudly displayed on the front page; Ale-Gar©®, Ancient Greek Vinaigre©®, Roman Vinaigre©® and Macadamia Nut Oil with a click-through to ‘buy now’ or you can go to the shop area.

For some culinary insight, Alan Coxon, shares some of his recipes, using the historic food range, in a special section which gives you plenty of ideas on how to use them. Overall, the look of the website is modern with a traditional twist, echoing the roots of inspiration behind Alan Coxon’s historic food range.

foodbyalancoxon.com
Bringing a taste of the past to the kitchens of the present.


1 May 2013

The Edible Market Food Festival is coming to Luton, Bedfordshire


"When are you going to hold your own food show?" That's a question we've been asked at The Artisan Food Trail on more than one occasion, from food producers and members of the public, alike.

It is certainly something we have been considering for some time and now we have taken the plunge and set the time and place – 12th October 2013, 10am – 5.00pm at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts in Luton, Bedfordshire.

By teaming up with My Events Made Easy we are now able to put together a one day festival which we hope will be the start of many and if all goes to plan, The Edible Market Food Festival will become a travelling show.

The format is simple. We'll be bringing quality food to you.

The Edible Market Food Festival is a showcase for quality food and drink from some of the best producers and makers in the region and further afield including those that are Artisan Food Trail members.

As we write this post, we have already had lots of interest and received a good number of bookings. The producers taking part will be featured on the festival website as and when they are confirmed so keep checking back for updates.

The venue is an amazing space and home to Luton's carnival, so is well equipped as well as being perfectly placed right in the heart of Luton with good transport links.
We have access to both indoor and outdoor space which means we can have an undercover market space and an outside area for quality street food stalls.

In addition to the sellers area, there will also be food demos, workshops and anything else food related that we can comfortably fit into the day.

If you are are food producer and would like to apply for a space at The Edible Market Food Festival, details and online booking are on the website.

We are also looking for sponsors, so again if you are interested, please contact us.

Advance ticket sales will be available shortly and we'll announce when they're up online.
Signing up for the newsletter is a good way to be up to date.

For more information 
and to keep in touch:
www.ediblemarket.co.uk
info@ediblemarket.co.uk
Twitter: @ediblemarket
Facebook: The Edible Market





The Edible Market Food Festival is a celebration of everything that is right with food – a culinary inspiration for food lovers with all the right ingredients for a great day out.