Our Foodie Correspondent, Uchenna Izundu, went along to The Christmas Foodies Festival in November 2014 at The Truman Brewery, Hackney. Read what she had to say about her foodie experience. Did you attend the foodie festival? What did you think? Leave a comment for us below.
One of the best things about food fairs is the opportunity to sample a diverse range of delectable foods as one whirls from one stall to another. Feeling Spanish? Reach for that chorizo. Have a sweetness weakness? Spend quality time in the cake and bake theatre. All in the good company of die-hard enthusiasts, so many of which are sweating it out in the kitchen because they believe in fresh food and good old personal customer service.
The first Christmas Foodies Festival in Truman Brewery was a bustling three day affair with a drinks theatre, cookery classes, artisan produce, vintage tea, and street food. Christmas carols from impromptu choirs warmed the spirit as attendants entered the white sterile building. For parents with prams or disabled people with wheelchairs, it was a pity that there were no lifts to enable access to the first floor.
Handmade strawberry and vanilla jam from Piddington Jam was an intoxicating, naughty indulgence and the quaint packaging harks back to something of a vintage 50s era and the mischievous child. With all the interest in nutritious breakfasts, award winning Maggi Magoos which offers 100% organic handmade cereals and toppings, had some delicious combinations on offer. Cornflakes with ginger was a refreshing concoction to kick-start a drudgery morning. Mojo Risin’ chilli relishes from Indian influenced restaurateur That Hungry Chef woke me right up from the afternoon slumber.
Unsurprisingly, the drinks theatre was one of the busiest floors in the fair with lots of companies providing samples of wines and brandy. TV wine expert Charles Metcalfe delivered entertaining and accessible lectures, complete with generous pourings of wine, port, and sherry.
At a mere 25, British Chef of the Year, endearing Adam Handling, gave a cookery class serving up chicken in a rich yellow sauce which drew a hungry swarm at the end. Recalling how he was afraid he would go to hell after boiling 300 lobsters on his first day as a junior chef, Handling showed he has long put that rest with his pointers on easily cutting lobster. Unfortunately the quality of sound in that space made it difficult to pick up everything he was saying.
An exotic array of palettes were catered for in the street food line up – ranging from Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen to Latin inspired cuisine made with the finest British ingredients to produce chorizo burgers and steaks by Up in my Grill. Acclaimed as the healthiest meat in the world with extremely low fat content and very high levels of protein and iron, I just had to taste the ostrich burger made by I Love Ostrich with the gorgeous chilli topping. Chomping that down quick time made me realize just how hungry I was.
All in all, the festival proved to be an interesting experience – feasting around the world in just a few hours.