10 September 2013

Summer’s almost gone but the strawberry lives on

Photo: © childsdesign

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The strawberry is a fruit that’s the epitome of a fine English summer. Already the blissful sunny days, butterflies fluttering by and the air buzzing with diligent bees is becoming a fading memory. Perhaps we’re getting a little too poetic in lamenting the past season but at least it is still possible to enjoy the flavours for a while longer with a jar of proper strawberry jam.

Strawberry jam from Peachey’s Preserves is pure and simple. Ingredients: strawberries, sugar and nothing else. Janet Peachey prefers to use locally grown fruit where possible and this particular batch of strawberries has made a wonderfully fragrant jam, the jar filled to bursting with good chunks of berries.

Enjoy in the normal way, slathered on bread, toast or on a tea time scone with cream.
Make a Victoria sponge the talk of the table or drizzle over some scoops of cool vanilla ice cream.

We are pleased to award Peachey's Preserves our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their Strawberry Jam.





To find out more about Peachey's Preserves visit their page on 
The Artisan Food Trail here

2 September 2013

Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2013: 8th – 10th September 2013

It doesn't even seem like a year has whizzed by since our last visit and we're looking forward to our annual outing to the Speciality & Fine Food Fair, at London Olympia, yet again.

As well as being the perfect place for fine food buyers and chefs alike to discover new gastronomic delights, it also gives us, at The Artisan Food Trail, the opportunity to catch up up with those producers who are members of our food trail and also to meet new people too.

Most days we receive email and telephone inquiries from small producers looking to find ways of promoting their businesses and often it is this way we get to discover more fantastic produce. When we can, we like to get out and about to various events and uncover more exciting gems. For those producers who are interested in what we could do for them we’re happy to have a chat.

While visiting, we appreciate that the exhibitors are looking to sell/find buyers for their products, so we can understand if they may not want to spend too long talking to us. However, The Artisan Food Trail may be the key some producers are looking for to increase their sales and make valuable contacts for supply and distribution.

We are proud to see that some of our AFT producers will be exhibiting. So if you’re a buyer looking for these types of products, please do pay them a visit – they are all great people who have immense pride in what they make:

Breckland Orchard (stand 439)
Award winning ‘Posh Pop’. Produced with passion and available throughout the UK!

Capsicana Chilli Co (stand 129)
Crazy about chillies grown in their natural climates. Gourmet chillies range from the very mild through to the very hot!

Filbert's Fine Foods (stand 334)
Producers of amazing award winning hot air roasted nut snacks – made with 100% natural ingredients and each with their own unique flavour twist.

Fudge Kitchen (stand 159)
Handmade luxury fudge hand-crafted to a special recipe for 25 years using traditional methods and a lot of love.

Great Glen Game (stand 509)
Scottish artisan producers of wild venison charcuterie. Range of cured and smoked products: Salami, Chorizo, Pepperoni, Smoked Venison and Bresaola.

Simply Ice Cream (stand 1152)
Award winning Simply Ice Cream is lovingly handmade by a small passionate team using only the finest and (where possible) locally sourced natural ingredients.

Trotter's Independent Condiments (stand 026)
Purveyor of unusual, delicious and seasonal condiments based in Fife. Mr. Trotter says “my condiments are the finest and most tasty in all the land, but I am biased so don’t take my word for it, find out for yourself”

Womersley Foods (stand 530)
Artisan maker of fine fruit vinegars and herb jellies. Balanced recipes allow maximum versatility in the kitchen ensuring that the true aromas of all the flavours shine through.


For more information about the Speciality & Fine Food Fair visit: www.specialityandfinefoodfairs.co.uk

Edible Market Food Festival tickets now on sale


We hope you have the 12th October marked in your calendars to visit The Edible Market Food Festival in Luton.
To make sure you are all ready to go, why not buy your tickets in advance.
Tickets are now available to purchase online from The Edible Market website at the following prices:

Adult – £3
Child – £2
Family (2 adult + 3 child or up to 4 adults) – £9
Seniors & Concessions – £2

Buy online here

To find out more about the festival visit the website: www.ediblemarket.co.uk