The North West Food Lovers Festival at Tatton Park!

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On Saturday before last, I took my mother and Sami (a Finnish guest) to the North West Food Lovers Festival at Tatton Park. With 120 delicious food and drink stalls selling the best produce available from across Cheshire and surroundings, it promised to be good day out (in addition to convincing a foreigner that we do actually have good food in the UK – and especially in Cheshire!!).

Despite our hunger for the event, the closure of the M56 motorway between junction 6 – 9, which included the Tatton Park turn off, made it a little less accessible (which was reflected in the number of visitors this year – 11,600 – slightly down on last year). Additionally, with parking fees at £5 and £6 entry (£4 concessions, children under 12 were free), for the three of us it made for an expensive few hours – however sufficient parking was available, and although the event was busy, walking was still possible.

Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast

Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast!

Set in the heart of Cheshire, in the beautiful grounds of Tatton Park, and surrounded by all kinds of wildlife, the festival took place near to the main house. With the historic buildings on one side, and a fantastic playground on the other (making me wish away some years as I looked with longing at Tatton Park’s Adventure Playground apparently suitable for children of all abilities and ages from toddler to teens – unfortunately excluding the over 30s….) we passed by a stall selling smoked kippers, which my mother purchased before leaving (my Red Dwarf quote lost on her completely “Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for breakfast!”), then purchased our entrance tickets and entered the teeming food festival.

As well as the opportunity to taste, sample and buy all the delicious foods and drink, there were a series of celebrity chef demonstrations including Simon Rimmer and Andrew Nutter! Typically for me, I managed to miss the demos, but we were more than content with the tasting of cheeses, wines, beers, oils…. Mmmmm my tummy is rumbling just thinking of it!

Some of my favourites included:

Organic Seed and Bean Company

Organic Seed and Bean Company

Organic Seed & Bean Company: Organic Chocolate Bars – I heartily recommend the “Sea Salt Extra Dark Chocolate Bar” – don’t wonder at it – try it! Other interesting flavours on offer included Clementine, Coconut and Rasberry and Pumpkin & Hemp, just to name just a few! (http://seedandbean.co.uk/)


Cheese, and plenty of it!

Cheese, and plenty of it!

CHEESE! (in General!) There was a lot to be tasted, and I did so gladly! (I do not claim to be the expert that Adrian is, but I can give it a go!)


However there were a number of surprises:

Forever Living Products: Karen Weiss was present at the festival with a stand for Forever Living Products, a global company specialising in Aloe Vera and bee products. The products are unique and range from health and wellbeing supplements, to skincare, cosmetics and weight management – not exactly what I expected to find at a food festival!

Karen Weiss - Forever Living Products

Karen Weiss - Forever Living Products

I asked why she was exhibiting there, and she replied “Having a good diet is not guaranteed to protect you or supply you with what your body needs to function at maximum capacity. Investing in oneself is a wise idea. In this day and age more and more people are looking for natural means to support their health challenges and to maintain that feeling of wellbeing. High pollution and free radicals threaten to undermine and challenge our immune systems.” (Karens Shop: www.energise.myforever.biz/store). So reputable is the company name that they supply to Great Ormond Street hospital and are endorsed by the eczema society!

She found the festival to be very busy. “A lot of interest was generated in the products and many people sought advice for how to support existing complaints and ailments. Many more went on to purchase the products and some were even interested in the business opportunity which Forever offers. There was a very good atmosphere at the event and the traders were all friendly. Our stand was right next to the cupcakes which were too tempting and as I have recently lost half a stone I couldn’t help but sample them! I think everyone who attended had a great afternoon and left with very full tummies and a contented smile!”

Delamere Dairy , the UK’s leading producer of goats’ milk products sampled its expanding award-winning range of goats’ cheeses, goats’ milks and goats’ butter (just down the road from my home!) were present and have offered their opinion of the event.

Delamere Dairy

Delamere Dairy

The company – which is celebrating 25 years in business – displayed its array of goats’ cheeses – from soft, mild, spreadable cheeses, to more mature, distinctive varieties. New to the Delamere cheese range is a series of soft goats’ cheese logs in natural, honey and herb flavours. The herb variety won supreme champion at the Great Yorkshire Show in the summer and had sold out by Saturday afternoon.

‘We’re always pleased to play our part in the Tatton Food Lovers Festival’, comments Ed Salt, Commercial Director of Delamere Dairy. ‘It’s our local show and there’s always great interest in our range from the local community. Sales of goats’ milk products continues to grow and goats’ cheese now features in the top ten list of UK consumers’ favourite cheeses.’ (www.delameredairy.co.uk)

What I found amazing upon my return is that Delamere Dairy also offer a range of goats milk for pets: “TopLife Formula”! “It’s well known that dogs and cats find cows’ milk difficult to digest but because the fat and protein in goats’ milk have a different make up, animals thrive on it. Breeders have known this and used it for years”.

On the whole, it was a very satisfying way to spend 4 hours at the weekend – and that everything was delicious!

I asked Sami what his impressions were: “Very tasty” he said, “nothing more?!” I asked, to which he replied “I haven’t actually had any very nasty experiences in England, food-wise…..” (which is a relief after a week at my house!) “….England has been kind to me. Even Birmingham!” Not quite sure what his impressions of Birmingham food were beforehand….

WARNING: the following photos could result in HUNGER/THIRST!

Port of Lancaster Smokehouse

Port of Lancaster Smokehouse

The Pudding Room

The Pudding Room

The Gift of Oil

The Gift of Oil

Pies

Pies

Old Tom

Old Tom

More Pies!

More Pies!

For chocoholics everywhere, chocolates!

For chocoholics everywhere, chocolates!

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