We would have never guessed that our review of Flavours of Herefordshire Festival 2012 was to be so popular! A big thank you to all our visitors for your comments, clicks and social media mentions (mostly on Facebook and Twitter). We are truly honoured and very happy that our hard work has been appreciated. You can expect a lengthy review of Festival in 2013 as well. If you have missed the review and you don’t know where to find it, please lick on the links below:
Culinary reviews seem to be very fashionable now. So to keep up with the trend, we have searched our deepest archives and discovered that we have never published the pictures from Flavours of Herefordshire 2011! What a great find indeed!
All pictures have been taken by Rita Dabrowicz durning the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of October 2011 at Hereford Racecourse that sadly was closed this year after 100 years of fabulous service to the community. Malicia edited them to the highest standards and together, we decided to post them for your enjoyment. Dear audience: have a seat and take a look at the beautifully tasty photoblog.
THE PLACE: The festival has been organized on the grounds of Hereford Racecourse, nearly 2 miles away from the city centre. Day Tickets: Adults £7, under 14s £4, under 3s Free. Concessions (over 65) £6, disabled helpers Free. Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £22. 2 Day Tickets: Adults £12, Under 14s £6, Concessions £10, Family Ticket £38
High prices discouraged many visitors who left without paying.
THE DINNER: Being at the food festival solves a lot of problems: you don’t have to worry about breakfast, brunch, lunch and the tea (aka the dessert anywhere else in the world outside of the UK). One stand advertised their meals as “burgers from different parts of the world” so we have decided to try oriental burger (chilli and pineapple) and Australian special. Yum.
THE PUBLIC: The food festival in 2011 was nearly as big as the one we reviewed in recent weeks, however the visitors were few compared to impressive 34 000 audience in 2012. It was a very sunny, but incredibly cold day and everybody looked for cover and warmth in exhibition tents or inside the Racecourse buildings. The wind was so strong; it nearly tore off the roof from one of the towers. However, the Herefordians are not easily scared and several brave people ate their lunches outside, trying to keep their burgers and salads in their hands.
THE EXHIBITORS: Nearly 70 local enterprises offered their products: organics, ecological fruits and vegetables, local preserves, fresh meat, drinks and sweets. Rita and Mal had picked their favourites but it was a very hard choice, as almost everything looked delicious. Please don’t hate us if you have been there but you didn’t make the list. Instead, leave us a comment and in 2013 we will pay you a visit! It is a fair deal, we think.
Frank’s Luxury Biscuits – http://www.franksluxurybiscuits.co.uk/
Address: Unit 12a, Holmer Trading Estate, Hereford
Family run business founded by Frank and Lesley Cornthwaite. We have bought a package of their oat cookies. Highly recommended if you have a sweet tooth but you are counting calories.
Richard C Swift Ltd – Swift Family Bakery – http://www.swifts.bakery.co.uk/
Address: High Street, Clee Hill Ludlow , Shropshire SY8 3LZ
The Swift family has been baking since the Victorian times and they received multiple awards for their traditional English and French bread. Their ciabatta buns are much better than the originals in Italy (we have checked!). You can buy straight from their central bakery located next to their store in Ludlow.
Nervous Nigel Foods – https://www.facebook.com/nervousnigelsfoods
Address: 33 Lady Park, Tenby, Pembrokshire,
Located in the beautiful Welsh town of Tenby (major tourist attraction), this small company is run by Chris and Bridget Cumming. They offer wide range of handmade condiments and sauces with a unique range of relishes, sauces, dressings and marinades. Horseradish mustard we bought at their stand was delicious but a bit too spicy for Rita.
Orgasmic Cider Company – https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Orgasmic-Cider-Co/359278967448916
Address: Great Parton Farm, Eardisley, Herefordshire
Their unusual name made the food festival goers blush and giggle but The Orgasmic Cider Company are serious about their work. They produce traditional Herefordshire cider and perry using White Jersey, Brownsnout and Yarlington Mill apples grown in their 80 year old organic orchards. We washed down our burgers with a bottle of their finest cider and we were pleasantly surprised as we are not cider drinkers at all. OCC conqured the hearts of the judges as well and they won one of the main awards at the festival. Well brewed indeed!
Gwatkin Cider – http://www.gwatkincider.co.uk/home.html
Address: Moorhampton Park Farm, Abbey Dore
Founded in 1992, a small family business, Gwatkin Cider Co, makes one of the best ciders and perrys in Herefordshire. After purchasing a bottle of perry at the festival, we could not believe how flavoursome and rich it was. Denis Gwatkin and his relatives are extremely hard-working and humble individuals, ready to assist you at any point. And they make those beautiful cider jugs you can see on the picture below.
Popty Cara – http://www.poptycara.co.uk/
Address: Home Farm, Lawrenny, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire Wales
Daniel & Melanie Ives established Popty Cara in 1993. When they were not able to find good cakes in local stores, they decided to bake themselves. Fast forward 20 years and several prestigious awards later; Popty Cara is a thriving business delivering hand made sweets all over the UK. The owners keep no previously prepared stock – all cookies and cakes are freshly baked and delivered to customers. Herefordians are in a very fortunate position being close to Wales – we can get the cookies still hot! No, we are not bragging about it at all!
The Little Round Cake Company – http://www.thelittleroundcakecompany.co.uk/
Address: Unit 3 Pensfold Shopping Centre, Gains Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
The Little Round Cake Company was created by Brian Crowther in 2009, who dreamed of owning his own baking business since he was a child. With the help of his wife Leanne and a talented team of bakers, Brian turned his dream into a powerful business. Don’t worry, Brian didn’t forget his roots. His company is present at every food festival and farmers market in the county and you can even come to the HighTown and say hello to the man himself. We absolutely love the brand – we even have a special name for TLRCC . We call them the Kingdom of Sweet.
Court Farm and Leisure – http://www.courtfarmleisure.co.uk/
Address: Court Farm, Tillington, Herefordshire,
Court Farm and Leisure is a family run business in a small village of Tillington, just 3 miles outside of Hereford. The farm is not only an award winning producer of organic vegetables (Winner of Hereford food festival in 2008 and finalist of 2010 and 2011) but a small leisure centre as well. They also offer play area for kids, small zoo (animal farm sanctuary), fishing lake, mountain board centre (learning how to ride a mountain board), walking trail, picnic area, farm shop and a tea room. Wow – a whole package.
THE MISC – As usual, we have taken many pictures walking around the festival. We wouldn’t be ourselves if we didn’t want to share our favourite shots from the trip. And since this entry is called PHOTOBLOG, we feel excused to do so. So brace yourselves!
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THE END – we hope that you enjoyed this (belated) review of Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival 2011.
We will see you soon, February entries are looking very promising so keep on returning.
For now, take care and have a snack!Love ya lots
Rita and Mal (one sandwich short of a picnic about good food!)