Bluebird Tea Co
I've always liked these Brighton based guys and have purchased their products in the past. I was lucky to be sent some samples pre-show which were delicious (try the 'IceCream Float') so I popped over to say hi and try their cold brewed teas - perfect for summer days. You can buy their tea online - put aside a good half an hour to decide what you want - there are over 70 varieties to choose from!
Lady Helen's Preserves and Boozy Tipples
Mummy Bites and I enjoyed trying all the delicious chutneys and products available on this stall and discovered that Lady Helen (looking very smiley below) actually makes everything from scratch at home using ingredients grown in their garden or at the local pub. What wonderful provenance and I kid you not, the products were delicious. I purchased a jar of pickled shallots for a real treat - one week on and they've all gone! Look at for Lady Helen at food shows over the summer!
We somehow convinced the lovely Emily at the Mellow Yellow stall to let us eat at least 10 roast potato samples each - they were SO good! Especially dipped in the garlic mayo. I've been an advocate of Rapeseed Oil for a while now and often use it in place of olive or vegetable oil. The Mellow Yellow oil was just beautiful, and local to me too! Farrington's Oils are based in Northamptonshire and they grow and cold press their own rapeseed there. The colour of the oil alone just fills you with summer feelings, reminiscent of those gorgeous yellow fields you see on summer countryside drives. I stocked up on some of their balsamic vinaigrette too - there are no baddies or emulsifiers in there like the stuff you buy at the supermarkets so it separates but just give it a shake and you're good to go. The flavour is rich and smooth. Really lovely.
The Antipodean Sommelier
We spent a while trying literally all of these wines. As a small scale importer of NZ and Aussie wines, they really knew their stuff. You can purchase their products in specialist wine shops, all of them listed on their website of course. Within the Midlands, their wines are stocked at Fraziers Wine Merchants in Solihull, Weavers on Castle Gate in Nottingham and The Leamington Wine Company in Leamington Spa (to name a few). I highly recommend the Caravan Petite Sirah - not a variety I'd usually buy but completely slurpable and a stitch at £11 show price!
The best of the rest:
The Ginger People made me laugh - mainly because of their product names. They did have some good things though and are worth checking out.
Joe & Seph's posh popcorn in a range of amazing flavours. We stocked up on caramel, sea salt and black pepper. I'm saving them for a treat!
FireFly Barbeque - a lovely Manchester husband and wife team taking on the huge BBQ soulfood market. Their homemade sauces and rubs are delicious and don't contain any of those nasties you get n shop bought sauces. I'm stocked up ready for a summer of pulled pork and BBQs!
So, that's it for another year! Did you go to the show? What did you love the most?