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October 27, 2015

We’ve been to this event a number of times over the years – from the very first ones to this year’s much larger marquee the size of a football pitch. Even though it’s under cover it was nice that it was a dry day when we visited so we weren’t all steaming under canvass!

We got our entry through a Shop Cheshire competition so we were very spoilt with a VIP ticket including a glass of champagne and lunch voucher which we used on pulled pork barm cakes from Bowland Outdoor Pork. Loaded with apple sauce and stuffing that kept us going all afternoon. We’ve bought their meat through our Northern Harvest farm shop delivery for quite a few years and it’s a brand we trust for meat.

There was certainly no shortage of places to buy food to eat on the day and we saw a lot of people enjoying loaded waffles. There were over 100 food and drink suppliers on site.

We also bought a couple of Christmas presents – which I will not mention in case the people concerned read this!

For us the best part of the afternoon were the Chef’s demonstrations by Dave Mooney and Andrew Nutter – both Northern chefs using Northern produce which was great to see. Over the festival weekend there were other great chefs including Simon Rimmer. Both Dave and Andrew were entertaining, knowledgeable and mostly enthusiastic about using good quality, seasonal, local food which I really love.

Dave Mooney

Dave Mooney

Andrew Nutter

Andrew Nutter

We saw a few local food products we’d not seen before – including these amazing mushroom boxes.

Smithy Mushrooms

Smithy Mushrooms

It was another opportunity for us to talk with producers about something they are passionate about – their products – and we got another insight into how hard they have to work to publicise them.

Their next event is at Chester Racecourse next Easter weekend so we’ve already put that in the diary!


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