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Summer Food Festivals

The Big Cheese

I love food festivals and I love fireworks and luckily this coming weekend, there’s an event that combines both!

Set in the shadows of one of Europe’s largest castles the town of Caerphilly comes to life as people of all ages come to The Big Cheese.

This festival is an extravaganza of street entertainers, living history encampments, music, dance, traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels, troubadours and of course, cheese! http://your.caerphilly.gov.uk/bigcheese/home-page

It’s also British Food
fortnight, which
encourages us to
‘buy British’.

And how could we resist with such a wealth of fantastic local producers exhibiting their wares. There’s always so much to whet the appetite that it’s best to limit the money you take to a food fair or you will be dragging a suitcase-full of goodies home with you!

Here some more forthcoming foodie events (hopefully there’s one local to you). Enjoy!

Feast East
28 July, Linton, Cambridgeshire. Taste of Anglia’s 18th food and drink festival.
http://www.feasteast.co.uk/

Clitheroe Food Festival
4 August, Clitheroe, Lancashire. A day fully packed with glorious, quality Lancashire produce and the Ribble Valley’s top chefs.
http://www.clitheroefoodfestival.co.uk/

Tastefest Food & Drink Festival
18-19 August, Goudhurst, Kent. TasteFest will be celebrating food and drink from across the South East.
http://tastefest.nmgl.co.uk/

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
18-19 August, Newchurch, Isle of Wight. A vast array of eats, sights and sounds to suit all tastes and ages.
http://www.garlic-festival.co.uk/

Bolton Food Festival
24-27 August, Bolton, Lancashire. Cookery theatre and a speciality market offering great food and drink produce.
http://www.boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com/

Big Onion Festival
25 August, Elveden, Suffolk.
Showcasing a host of local food and drink producers from the Suffolk area.
www.bigonionfestival.com/

Newlyn Fish Festival
27 August, Newlyn, Cornwall. A stunning display of locally caught fish and seafood in this showcase of the best the region has to offer.
www.newlynfishfestival.org.uk/

Celebrate cheesy British produce with one of these tasty snacks.

British Food Fortnight recipes

Cheese and Apple Parcels

Gloucester Cheese and Ale

Brie with Redcurrant Jelly

 

Celebrate British Food Fortnight

The ninth British Food Fortnight takes place from 18 September to 3 October during Harvest Festival.

The event will celebrate the diverse and delicious range of food that Britain produces with promotions and tastings in shops; all-British menus in pubs and restaurants; food and cookery lessons in schools; and glorious food festivals.

There are various activities taking place all over the country. See the website www.britishfoodfortnight.co.uk for further details.

British Food FortnightThere are a few things you can think about to help support and enjoy British food:

  • When you are shopping make a special effort to seek out British food. Pause when you select your food from the supermarket aisle. Look at the label. Does it tell you where the food has come from? Does it provide a description of who produced it? And if it is imported is there a British equivalent in-season?
  • Shop in local butchers, greengrocers, farm shops and markets that source locally and will be able to tell you a little about the person who produced the food you are purchasing.
  • Seek out food seasonal foods.
  • When next in the pub, team up a local beer with a local speciality for an authentic experience that reflects the character of the area where you live.
  • Think beyond the chicken nugget when planning a family meal out. If there is not a good children’s menu ask for children-sized portions of the main menu.
  • Explore food from different regions of Britain as a fun way of experiencing our culture and heritage. Though there is still much bland, mass-produced food that belies little of the region it has come from, organisations like the National Trust and the Youth Hostel Association make a special point of serving quality regionally distinct produce from local producers.
  • Cook a British meal for friends – nothing beats the old favourites like Cottage Pie or Apple Crumble. Consider inviting friends round for a British food feast.
  • Pick your own. What is better or healthier than being able to enjoy fresh fruit selected and picked by you?
  • Grow your own. Eating food you have grown yourself is immensely satisfying. Seasonal Garden Ideas <link> has lots of easy but inspirational ideas and is half price!

There are many recipes in the 2011 Dairy Diary and Good Food, Fast cookbook that use British ingredients. We also still have some copies of the Around Britain Dairy Cookbook, which features a wealth of wonderful regional recipes. See www.dairydiary.co.uk for details.

Easy and delicious, try these Cheshire Pasties from 2011 Dairy Diary.

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