I’m Taking a Break

Good Day dear readers!

Now I know I’ve been AWOL again, but I have been SO busy over the past couple of weeks that I’ve barely had time to check any emails, let alone do any blogging.

And why, do you ask, have I been so busy??

Well let me tell you…you see, this weekend, Sunday to be precise, I’ll be at a rather big event going on in Margate at the Winter Gardens.  It’s World Food Day, presented by Thanet Fairtrade Initiative.

I’ve been so busy making chutney and preserves, that I seriously had to take a break today.  I did make pickled onions this morning and made up some jar labels, but I’m just really tired and decided to take today off as I’ve been in the kitchen practically non-stop for the past week or two.  I’ve been making 2-3 batches of different things each day, including brownies and bread dip mix.  I still have to make some whoopie pies and a loaf of bread to use for the samples of the bread dip mix.  Yes, I make the bread for that.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but everyone needs a little time off every now and then.  I figure if I take it easy today, then I’ll be fresh and raring to go tomorrow!

Unfortunately, because I’ve been busy with cooking, my housework has been a bit neglected and I’ve just kept up with the things that really need to be done such as cleaning the bathroom and doing laundry.  Gotta have clean clothes to wear and I hate a dirty bathroom!

This past weekend, we did manage to get out on Sunday and head down to town for the Broadstairs Food Festival.  I didn’t bring the camera this time, but you can see and read all about it here from last year.  I had said that I would have liked to have been one of the stall holders here, but with next week’s event, I just couldn’t.  I don’t know if I’ll ever do the Broadstairs festival; you have to set up for all three days that it runs and it’s not that cheap to set up.  It also seemed a bit disappointing this year as there didn’t seem to be as many stall holders as last year.  We did buy some things; almost the same as last year…some venison sausages, the same blue cheese (it was really good!) and a bag of jasmine blossom tea.  We also picked up some Italian cookies for my mother-in-law.

So that’s about all for the foodie things.  If you live in the area and you’re coming to the World Food Day next weekend, mention you read my blog here and I’ll give you a 10% discount on your purchase!

See you there!

♥  Terri  ♥

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Artsy Fartsy Tourists on Parade

(The title of my post is a line from a song called ‘Into a Mall’ by Don Henry)

Hello Campers!

What a busy weekend we had!  Not only was it a Bank Holiday weekend but we had the usual Cliftonville market on Sunday and the big market for the Ramsgate Arts Summer Squall on Monday.  Chef P took off on Tuesday and it’s a good thing because we both needed a day to recuperate as we were both completely exhausted!

I had been so busy over the past 2-3 weeks getting things made and prepared for the two markets that I barely had time to do any posting as you may have noticed. (hint, hint, nudge, nudge)  I was also very worried on Friday as I checked the weather and it showed that we were going to have a rainy weekend but luckily, the weather held out and everything was fine.

Sunday’s market started out not so good…it was quite windy and I debated on whether to even set up.  I hate when it’s windy because the table cloths blow around and it’s difficult to have signage as they blow away.  Because it was so cloudy and windy, not very many people turned out but the weather brightened up and the sun came out which brought the people out, but it was towards the end of the market time…too little, too late as they say…sigh.

Monday morning was another early start…up at 5:00 to be at Ramsgate at 8:00 to set up before everything started at 10:00.  I don’t like to rush and I have too much to do in the morning before we head out.  We did repack the car the night before, but I don’t usually do that part anyway; no, I get out of bed and come down and get the first pot of coffee going (decaf…or ‘unleaded’ as my dad prefers to call it) so that I can fill a thermos for myself.  Then I have to clean out the coffee filter and put in regular coffee (leaded) for Chef P’s thermos.  I also get some of my breakfast prepped (usually a hearty bowl of my posh porridge) then head up to shower and dress.  Once I get back downstairs, I get the kitties bowls cleaned out as they have to be fed before we leave and clean out the litter boxes.  I still have to make a sandwich or two and pack up the cooler.  Once Chef P comes down to get his coffee, I can fill up his thermos and clean up the coffee machine.  Oh yeah, I need to cook my breakfast so I can eat.  By this time I’m running around with the bowl of porridge in my hand as I head upstairs to make the bed and do something with my hair, get my jewelry on and head back down to clean up the dishes.  By now it’s about 7:45 and time to head out.  No wonder I’m exhausted…and the day has just begun! 🙂

The weather started out really nice.  The Ramsgate festival is well organized and quite a professionally run gig.  We all had these great tables with skirts around them and little canopies on top.  I booked two tables as I have so much.  All the stalls were set up down on the harbor parade and I was set up right in front where everyone walked by…woo hoo!

As it was a Bank Holiday weekend, there were lots of people, locals and tourists.  Where we were set up, everyone was walking by, heading down to the beach.  Many of them stopped on the way down but said they’d be by when they headed back from the beach later on as they didn’t want to carry the stuff down with them…can’t really blame them.  Along the walkway area, they have these rather large (think LARGE beach ball size) cement balls that are spaced about 5-6 feet apart, you really can’t miss them (you can see them in the picture below).  I wish I had a dollar for everyone that walked into one of them as they went by!  One lady who walked into one apparently must have done so before…she was wearing sandals and one of her feet was wrapped up in a bandage!

I had lots of props for my jars to give height which also saved room on the table.  I had an old wine box that I used for my packs of bread dip mix along with a bowl of olive oil and the mix as a sample with chunks of my homemade bread to dip into it.  I also have a few samples of the jams and chutneys for people to try with some small crackers.

I also had lots of brownies, with and without nuts and a whole lot of whoopie pies.  I lost count as to how many times I was asked what a whoopie pie was!  I think for next time, I’m going to make up a little sign explaining what they are.

 

We had a brief sprinkling of rain in the early afternoon, but nothing to get excited about.  It wasn’t like we had to duck for cover, thank goodness!

There were lots of stalls selling various things: cupcakes, homemade wines, tea, soaps and incense, magic props, handmade toys, jewelry, bakery goods, olives and Italian cookies and of course a few food stalls selling venison burgers, grilled chicken and beef and bacon sandwiches.  I had the smell of bacon wafting through my nose all day!

 

 

So all in all, it was a great day, had lots of fun, met some people and made some money.  We were both exhausted by the time we got home which was nearly 6:00 that evening.  Luckily Chef P made dinner but I was so tired I could barely eat.  I was in bed by 9:00 and Chef P followed shortly.

If anyone is interested in giving me a Friday Foodie Word for tomorrow, just give me a page number (1-632) and a word number (1-25) and I’ll give your blog a mention…

♥  Terri  ♥

 

Upcoming Food Festivals for the UK

I realise I’ve been a bit slack on giving you info on these, so here we go….

 

Loch Fyne Food Fair

May 19-20 2012

Location: Fields next to the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow, Scotland

Free admission – Farmer’s Market, selected wines and live music both days

£3.00 for parking

Midlands Whisky Festival

May 19 2012

Location:  The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Tickets: £25.00 include a Glencairn nosing glass, bottle of water and festival brochure. No tokens to worry about, just simply ask politely at any stand and you will receive a tasty glass of amazing whisky to try.

Tockwith Beer Festival

May 19 2012

Location: Tockwith Sports Field, Tockwith Lane Tockwith, York, North Yorkshire

Tickets: £10 Adults, £3 Child includes

  • Festival beer glass
  • Beer token
  • Tasting notes
  • Voucher book of exclusive discounts from our sponsors
  • All children’s entertainment (subject to booking and availability)
  • A great day out!

Flavours of 2012

May 25-27 2012Location: Henham Park near Southwold, SuffolkTickets: £6.00 can be purchased on-line or by phoneThis will be the first food and drink festival of its kind to be held at Henham Park
(home to Latitude Festival) and will offer 2 days of fantastic food, drink,
cookery demos and much more.

Somerset Chilli Festival

June 2-4 2012Location: Bath race course,  Lansdown, Bath, SomersetTickets: £6.00, Children under 12 get in freeThe Somerset Chilli Festival will run from 10am to 6pm each day with all things Chilli; food sampling, cookery demonstrations, competitions (inc. the famous Chilli Eating Competition) music acts and wandering performers. To keep you satisfied there will also be top quality food stalls and relaxed bars.

Dartington Food Fair

June 3-5 2012Location: The Shops at Dartington, Shinners Bridge, Dartington, Totnes, DevonTickets: £4, Children under 12 go free.  Book on-lineChef demonstrations, food tents, face painting and many more family activities including a potter’s wheel and mountain biking.*********************

Great British Food Festival

June 4-5 2012Location: Walton Hall & Gardens,  Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton, Warrington, Cheshire Tickets: £2.50, Under 12 go free.  Parking £3.20*

50 Producers, 15 Hot Food Stalls, Craft stalls and live music

There are NO cash machines on site so please come prepared.
*Parking is in the council-run car park and costs £3.20 for the day.

Cheltenham Food & Wine Festival

June 15-17 2012

Location: Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Tickets: Friday £3.00, Saturday & Sunday £6.00, children under 16 go free. Advanced purchase on-line, Sat & Sun, £4.60

  • The Cookery Theatre – featuring demonstrations by leading chefs and celebrity’s from around the region.
  • Food Lovers Marquees – featuring over 200 food & drink producers
  • Real Ale Marquee – taste a wonderful selection of local and regional ales & cider
  • Festival Stage – musicians playing a variety of music from Jazz to Classical to Folk
  • International Wine Theatre – Featuring interactive and educational courses covering a variety of subjects from buying, tasting, grape varieties and styles, from old world to new world wine.
  • Real Food & Drinks Theatre – talks on Nutrition to Real Ale; Cheese to Gin.
  • Arts & Craft – Meet the artists, discuss their work, and buy unique hand-made products direct from the maker. Crafts include fused glass, jewellery, painting, pottery, wood-turning, photography.

UK Food Festivals and Events ~ February

As Spring sloooowly approaches, it will be time again to venture outside to various food festivals and events around the country.  Here’s a listing for this month:

Bramley Apple Week

Nationwide

Feb 5-12

ExpoWest

Westpoint Exhibition Center, Exeter, Devon

Feb 8 & 9

Marmalade Festival

Dalemain Mansion & Gardens, Cumbria

Feb 25 & 26

Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb

Wakefield City Centre, Wakefield, Yorkshire

Feb 24 – 26

Rye Bay Scallop Festival 2012

Rye, East Sussex

Feb 25 – Mar 4

Have Fun!

♥♥ Terri  ♥♥

OCTOBER UK FOOD FESTIVALS

Good day, dear readers!

As promised, here is a listing of Food Festivals for October in the UK…

Broadstairs Food Festival
September 30 – October 2
The Broadstairs Food Festival is pleased to be hosting a 3 day Food Fayre in Victoria Gardens and Victoria Parade.  Over 100 stall holders
will be presenting the best of Kent’s produce: meat, drink, bakery,
fruit and vegetables, confectionery and a selection of hot and cold food
throughout the 3 day event.
Plus, the ever-successful Kitchen Theatre makes a welcome return.

Cheese and Wine Festival
October 14 – 16

Southbank Centre Square Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX
The festival celebrates the relationship between cheese and wine. You
will get the opportunity to meet artisan producers, learn from culinary
experts and get involved in a host of demonstrations and tutored
tastings as well as buying some of the finest cheese and wine products
currently available.

Perry Court Apple Fayre
October 15 & 16
Perry Court Farm, Bilting, Kent
They have over 200 varieties of apples and pears on display, with
tasting, farm walks, raffles and traditional games. As well as Morris
Dancers, Shire Horses and Vintage working engines. And fabulous local
skills and stalls! All of their proceeds go to the Pilgrims Hospice.

One World, One Chutney
October 22 & 23
Neidpath Castle in Peeblesshire, EH45 8NW
The festival is to feature food celebrities Henrietta Green of
FoodLovers Britain and Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall, as well as live
music, producers of esoteric jams, jellies, pickles, preserves,
condiments and chutneys; biscuit makers, cheese producers, smoked and
preserved meat and game producers, hog roasts, international chutney
awards, tomato hurling, an extensive children’s area, pumpkin rolling,
and much, much more. Profits from the event will go towards the Gurkha
Welfare Trust.

Wimborne Food Festival
October 22 & 23
Wimborne Minster Green and Wimborne High Street, BH21 1HT
Wimborne town centre will become a showcase for all that’s best about
Dorset food and drink. There will be over 100 stalls packed with a
delicious array of produce, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs
plus music, street entertainment and best of all entry to this fabulous
family event is absolutely FREE.

And here’s one in November for all of us FOOD BLOGGERS!

Bite N’ Write
November 19
The Custard Factory, Birmingham B9 4AA
Bite ‘n’ Write is an event for food bloggers to meet, learn new
skills and build up their network. We don’t believe that you have to
blog in a certain way, but we do believe that we can help you find your
blogging voice by improving your skills and build up a supporting
network. The event supports Action Against Hunger’s “Love Food Give
Food” campaign.

Remember to support your local food producers!