Sunday, 8 May 2011

Visiting The 2011 London Real Food Festival

What do you get when you combine fabulous wine, organic olive oils, spicy chorizo, local cheeses, gluten free brownies and adorable little baby lambs all together all under one roof?  The 4th annual London Real Food Festival that's what!  Yesterday I attended day 3 of the 4 day event, and I had a fabulous time wandering around the festival exploring and chatting to the nearly 250 exhibitors who were showcasing their products.  It was great to see such a wide variety of food products on show, many of which were either organic or free range.


Almost every stall was giving away free samples of their food, so of course I had to take full advantage of them!  The first thing I stopped to try were some delicious handmade chocolates by Sciolti.  Their award winning chocolates use natural and locally sourced ingredients such as fruit, flowers and cream.  I tried their Kir Royal chocolate and it was delicious!  The filling was so smooth, and full of black current flavour.  I wish I would have remembered to go back and buy a selection of them to take home.  If you do get the chance to sample their chocolates I highly recommend them!


Next I stopped by My Sweet Tooth Factory and sampled some of their Oreo cheesecake squares which were really tasty.  They were also selling a variety of cupcakes and a really really nice and moist looking Red Velvet Cake - which I didn't try, but really wish I did.  I wasn't familiar with My Sweet Tooth Factory before today, but I was told they sell their cakes on Sundays at the Brick Lane Market.  


One of the things I was pleasantly surprised with was the Chocolate Fudge from The Old Chapel Fudge Company (their website is currently under construction).  Back home in Canada I used to love fudge, but since moving to the UK I haven't been able to find fudge like we had back home.  Most of the fudge I've tried over here has been extremely sweet and rather dry and crumbly - and I'll admit I usually end up throwing it out after a bite or two.  But not this time.  The Chocolate Fudge I tried had a rich and dense consistency, and was probably the closest thing to North American fudge I've tasted since living in the UK.  If you're not a fan of chocolate fudge, don't worry because The Old Chapel Fudge Company had a wide variety of flavours to choose from.


There were so many delicious foods on offer at the Real Food Fest, so I was really thankful for all the samples that were being given out - there was no way I could eat more than 1 or 2 full sized portions.  After wandering around and stopping off to eat one of the best hamburgers I've had in a long time (sorry - can't remember the name of the place!) it was time to explore more of the baking stalls.  

One of the first things that caught my eye after lunch was the most amazing looking Rich Chocolate Tart from The Pudding Stop.  This thing was seriously good!  It had the richest smoothest chocolate filling, but still somehow managed to taste light as air and not heavy at all.  If you manage to make it down to the last day of the Real Food Festival tomorrow I'd definitely recommend trying this one!  



Another thing that got my attention was the fabulous looking cupcake display from Sweet Things.  And after reading rave reviews about their cupcakes yesterday by I Heart Cupcakes, I decided that this would be the only cupcake I would try at the festival as I absolutely hate wasting money on bad cupcakes!  Sweet things sell loads of other yummy treats beside cupcakes, and they also have a large selection of wheat free cakes.  I bought one of the last regular vanilla cupcakes they had left.  It was very nice, and had a really yummy icing on top that I'm pretty sure was  swiss meringue.  


Finally I stopped by to see Caroline who owns and operates the fabulous Sugar Grain which specialise in gluten free and wheat free products.  I'd met Caroline once before at a food blogging event, and she was so lovely I haven't been able to stop thinking about her and her products since!  Sugar Grain have a stall at Borough Market, and I've been wanting to stop by and sample some of her products for ages but just never got the chance until today.  I had a hard time choosing what to try, but I opted for the award winning Raspberry and White Chocolate Chunk Brownie and I'm so glad I did.  That thing was seriously good!  And I'm not just saying that to be nice!  The brownie was so nice and moist, and had a rich chocolate flavour bursting with fresh raspberries.  If I hadn't have waited until I left the Real Food Festival to try it I would have gone back and bought a second one.  


There was no way I could stop and sample everything without physically exploding (or going totally broke), but there were a few other things that caught my eye, although I don't remember the the names of companies who were selling them.

Giant meringues 

Savoury macarons accompanied by your choice of cheese

And of course there were sweet macarons too!

If you're looking for something to do today - Sunday May 8th, then I'd definitely suggest visiting the Real Food Festival.  There are loads of different foods and products available, and don't worry they're not all sweet!  Like I mentioned before, there was a wide variety of meats, cheeses, fish, olive oils, spices, cereals, breads, fresh vegetables etc.  You name it, they have it!  And bring your kids too because they had the most adorable little baby lambs on display courtesy of the Real Farm Lambing School in Scotland. 

Cute!

This was my first visit the Real Food Festival and I had a great time exploring and trying all of the different products that were available. I will definitely be back again next year!  If you do manage to stop by today, and if I would recommend one thing for you to try it would be Sugar Grain's award winning Raspberry and White Chocolate Chunk Brownie.  Simply divine!

8 comments:

Kate said...

Oh. Wow. Your descriptions and pictures are AMAZINGGG and making me wish very, very much I too spent the day at the Festival. Jealous? You betcha! Glad you had a great time!

Paul said...

Argh! I was in London yesterday but didn't know about this event! I'll have to go yesterday.

I love fudge (my favourite is mint-chocolate). You say that you haven't seen good fudge in the UK before? There are plenty of places, you just have to look around (http://www.fudgekitchen.co.uk/ is pretty good - and they deliver!). THE place to go for it though is Devon and Cornwall :-)

Great report and photos! I'm hungry now...

Made With Pink said...

Thanks for letting me know about the Fudge Kitchen Paul! To be honest I haven't gone out searching for great fudge here, but the times I have purchased, sampled or been given fudge as gifts I've never enjoyed it. Most people rave about Jersey Cream Fudge, but I've never been fond of it. I'll definitely have to try the stuff from the Fudge Kitchen - looks like they have some great flavours! I'm particularly interested in the Eton Mess one!

Maria-Thérèse ~ www.afiori.com said...

Oh yum!! Except for the lambs :(

Vanessa Kimbell said...

Re visiting the show through your blog post!

Vanessa
x

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Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

What a fabulous selection of yummy sweet things, I wish I'd been able to go. Looks like a great show.

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My mouth is watering! Great post. Thank you for sharing the snaps.

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