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Food Festival Porn in Melton Mowbray

As you know, I love a good food festival. The trouble is, so few of them are, in fact, any good. Almost every weekend there is a food festival somewhere, I don’t mean Farmer’s Markets or Food Markets, but events described as “food festivals” and usually held in some rather nice location, an old Market Square, a stately home, a country park, a lakeside location. Each one that appears on my social media, lures me in with promises of artisan foods and new foodie treats. I find it hard to resist, and I have been to loads. A lot of them are, though, pretty rubbish. I know it takes time for things to become established, for audiences to build up and for traders to think it worth their while, but still, Food Festivals that charge £6, £8 per head before you can enter to spend more money, and/or are in the middle of nowhere (petrol money, bus fares) and only have 6/7 stalls with traders who resent giving out samples, really, really annoy me. You know who you are.

There are, though, some glorious exceptions, and the Melton Mowbray Food Festival held in the Cattle Market there, is one such. A small entrance fee (which includes guides/maps and a sturdy booklet from the Great Food Club) free parking, and loads and loads of stalls, producers, makers and street food. We came back from the Festival weighed down with a whole host of goodies, reviews of which will no doubt appear here or on my Twitter feed, as we work our way through them. For now though, I leave you with some entirely gratuitous images from the festival just to enjoy…

pies   pies

These sponge puddings are absolutely delicious, they are hand-made, microwavable or steamable, and feezable! I will not be making sponge puddings myself for a while, as the freezer is properly stocked.

Kale  garlic  chillies

Loved stumbling across Cossack Cuisine, with wonderful Russian “comfort food”, we stuffed ourselves with Piroshki when we got home.

piroshki        cossack cuisine       piroshki

We did take a break from all this food, in order to eat. A truly delicious Gyros, and I want another one as I am writing this.

gyros

We stocked up on meat and cheese, sausages and pies, enough to keep us going until I can find another Food Festival that is a worth my time, money and appetite…

salami  pies

sausages  stilton   belly pork

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