Foodies Festival Christmas 2016

Hopefully by now you’ve seen our Foodies Festival highlights post from earlier this week! As promised, today we’re bringing you a more in-depth look at the show and the brands that we encountered there. First off, let’s start by saying that we both loved walking around the event and speaking to all of the new brands. Everyone we spoke to was lovely and there were a lot of fantastic foods to sample. 

Stalls at Foodies Festival Christmas
Stalls at Foodies Festival Christmas
Visitors browsing at the stalls
Visitors browsing at the stalls

We also managed to catch a few of the demonstrations that were going on, although it’s not usually the kind of thing I would stop for. It was actually quite interesting to watch a whoopie pie being made – I had one from Hummingbird Bakery and enjoyed it, but it was nowhere near as tasty as the samples that were available after the demonstration.

A demonstration in the chef's theatre
A demonstration in the chef’s theatre
Watching the big screens
Watching the big screens
Making whoopie pies
Making whoopie pies

Our Haul

We enjoyed a huge goodie bag of treats which we will be going through in a moment, and we also snagged a few bargains. One of the highlights of the event was the Riverford stand, where we definitely found ourselves in veggie heaven. Riverford is a company that delivers farm-fresh food right to your door, within a much shorter time span than the food on supermarket shelves. You can get various types of box delivered every week with no contract or commitment, and they are packed with fresh vegetables, fruits, and more. We ended up signing up for a veggie box, which we will be reviewing at a later stage, and were treated to some free fruits in a tote bag as a result.

Our Foodies Festival haul
Our Foodies Festival haul

So, what about the brands we picked up along the way? Here’s a quick overview of some of them! These are the items from our goodie bag, which we were happy to try out. There were Inspiral kale crisps, tomato and basil sauce along with some basil seeds from Seeds of Change, “mylk” with coffee from Rebel Kitchen, Nature Valley protein bars, and some fiery sweet chilli noodles.

Seeds of Change sauce
Seeds of Change sauce
Mylk from Rebel Kitchen
Mylk from Rebel Kitchen
Fusian Noodles
Fusian Noodles
Inspiral Kale Crisps
Inspiral Kale Crisps

When we went past the Wonky Fudge stall, it was all over for me. One bite of a sample and I knew I just had to have some. We picked up the Christmas fudge there and then, and J also nabbed some salted caramel fudge.

Wonky Fudge - Christmas
Wonky Fudge – Christmas
Wonky Kitchen - Salted Caramel Fudge
Wonky Kitchen – Salted Caramel Fudge

These sauces were running at a fantastic offer of 3 for £12, so we had to go for some. Mightyfinethings have put together a very interesting range of sauces, such as the mango sweet chilli and honey, which we absolutely needed in our cupboards. There’s also a cranberry version just for the festive season which we picked up too – look out for that in a recipe coming soon. We also fell in love with their apple and honey spiced balsamic. 

Mightyfinethings sauces
Mightyfinethings sauces

Finally, we also picked up this Pure Maple syrup. It does what it says on the tin and is absolutely delicious. We tend to use quite a bit of maple syrup when cooking, but I’ve got a feeling that this is going to be reserved for special occasions as it’s just so sweet and light.

Pure Maple
Pure Maple

All in all, the event was a lot of fun and definitely something we would attend again. When you can get huge bargains like this, and avoid the unpleasant crowding of shows at places like the NEC, it’s a no-brainer. The Truman Brewery venue was excellent and only partially killed me with going up and down the stairs, but in fairness we were carrying a very large amount of goodies!

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