So last Sunday we went on a family outing to Christchurch in Dorset on the south coast of the uk to a Food festival.
Now we were expecting a tiny little festival with about 10 stalls. In contrast to these not so great expectations, we’ve been out for over 3 hours (I thought I’d get started while Dan was changing Lily’s nappy!) and we’ve still not found all the stalls yet!
It took until 5pm to finish getting around all the stalls. We are now significantly poorer. But came back with some fantastic vinegar’s, liqueurs, cheeses, coffee and cakes – as well as eating some amazing seafood!
First stop was a very yummy and healthy breakfast at James and White bar and Kitchen in Christchurch highstreet. Salmon, egg and watercress.
So these lime and chilly vinegar and blackberry and basil vinegar have apparently been featured on the BBC by James Martin. Now the lady on the stand told me that in London it is a ‘thing’ to drink these mixed with sparkling water. I’m not a fan of sparkling water – so no thanks.
We also brought some absolutely yummy gainers from Gillys – Apple, Blonde and Rose. I mixed the Rose with Lime and chilly with a salad during the week for lunch. So yummy!!!
Omg these cheeses were beautiful. We got one of each cheese and I’ve had the honey one in sandwiches and salads this week. Seriously in love.
We also came home with a beautiful selection of cheddar! The Jalapeno one has been used in burritos and tacos this week. An amazing addition.
Now I didn’t buy any of these. But they look stunning.
I am obsessed with the Apprentice and spotted last year’s winner Alana Spencer selling some of her cakes. After managing to blurt out a rather star struck ‘Congratulations’ I came home with a salty caramel slice and some rocky road (officially my new favourite cake).
So we did come home with some sausages from the Giggly Pig. Dan choose these ones.
The Italian ones (flavoured with Oregano) were eaten with mash and tasted amazing.
The Bacon flavoured ones (yes you did read that currently) were finished off in Breakfast burritos this morning.
The Hop flavoured ones have gone in the freezer for another day. But they’re flavoured with the same stuff that you make beer from. So that should be exciting.
Some chilly stuffed olives, feta, garlic cloves and sundried tomatoes came home and got mixed in salads for a couple of days. Actual heaven.
Fudge: Chocolate orange and a bar of Baileys.
Sundried tomato and basil bread. Dan missed out on this as I ate it up for dinner at work.
We tried some very yummy spiced Mohitos – essentially a normal mohito with some ginger ale.
We also come back with – Apple Liquor (made in a local Orchard – Liberty fields), Gooseberry Gin (Kent – Nip from the Hip), Wild strawberry Liquor (the Wiltshire Liquer company), Blood Orange Liquor (the Wiltshire Liquer company)a bottle of Honey Blonde Beer (Downton Brewery) . Yummy! Very much looking forward to making our way through these over the coming months.
I also came back with 250g of coffee from the Dorset Coffee company. French Vanilla – OMG it is so good!!
Apologies if I have forgotten anything. But it was a very long day and we did buy rather a lot – but at least I won’t need to do much food shopping for a few weeks!
Love to you all and Happy knitting!