Posted 15th September 2010
With a threat of rain upon arrival we headed straight for the tents – tightly clutching our complimentary tasting glasses. Surrounded by food stalls and smells our mouths were watering as we entered.
Olive oils, chutneys, cakes, cheeses, sausages and dips, Georgie Porgie apple and cider puddings and Jimmy’s Farm sausages were some of my favourites. The food there was excellent albeit there was not the variation I would have liked to have seen. By half way round the tent it became much of a muchness with many similar offerings.
With tasters and titbits lining our stomachs we made a start on the wine tents – where there was more than enough variation to tantalise our taste buds! A couple of my favourites included a fantastic white wine from Cibo called Gavi, St Germaine elderflower liqueur from Harvey Nichols, a wine tasting session with Devon Wine School, some Kings Ginger whiskey and many excellent red wines!
Disappointingly the festival didn’t quite meet my expectations on the food front – I would have preferred to see a bit more variation and something more out of the ordinary, I’m disappointed that I didnt make it to any of the displays in the Chef’s Theatre as I think this would have perhaps altered my experience of the fair. Nonetheless a more than enjoyable afternoon and I definitely drank enough wine to justify the £10 ticket fee!
Some of the friends we made at the festival:
Savee Sea – a range of New Zealand wines from Kiwi winemaker, Louis Vavasour
The Bristol Cheese Company – I’m not mega cheese fan if I’m honest but these guys had something that even I could appreciate, plus, it’s great to see and support local producers.
Georgie Porgie’s Puddings – OMG these guys were amazing, boil in a bag puddings made in devon and the most fantastic flavours – Lemon and Pimms was pretty good but Apple and Cider probably my favourite – Yummy!
Chocacao – Healthy Chocolate? Surely not! But Chocacao provided high antioxidant chocolate which claimed to strengthan your immune system, maintain heart function and circulation, improve concentration and memory and nourish & hydrate your skin! And you know what? It tasted great too!
Gastro Nicks – the olive oil and balsamic vinegar from these guys was fantastic, pricey yes but well worth shelling out for
Devon Wine School – we took part in one of the mini tasting sessions held by Devon Wine School, really informative and great wine!
Cibo – the wine from these guys was truly fantastic – I’d recommend both their restaurant and their wholesalers – excellent quality and excellent value
Jimmy’s Farm – possibly the best sausages ever! The guys on the stall were as full of character as the sausages were of flavour – love it!