Renna's Discoveries: Foodie Festival

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Foodie Festival

This weekends discovery was The Foodie Festival which took place at The Old Truemans Brewery at the top of Brick Lane, and next to Old Spitalfields Market.
This area is foodie heaven....it has everything you could possibly imagine. Market stalls full of food from all over the world. The smell was incredible, as you literally didn't know where to turn, or where it was coming from.
The Foodie Festival itself was inside part of the Brewery. It was a very white building on the inside and had that cold feeling about it. Very stark, and obviously a completely blank canvass for any event.
The acoustics of the building made everything very loud, so, I wouldn't say this is the perfect venue for this kind of event.
We did, however, meet some lovely people and sampled some of their amazing goods.

Wonjo juice really was delicious. All naturally made with Hibiscus. They have 5 different flavours to include : Original, Fresh Root Ginger, Moroccan Mint, Warming Spices and Essex Apples. 
This can be drank on it's own, or if you prefer, you can always add a dash of vodka or rum to it.
We met Mr Blackman at the Summer a Foodie Festival, and purchased some of his honey then. It is so fresh and of course 100% natural. He actually has his own Bee Farm which he attends to. Bee keeping was a hobby of his, and then soon started producing honey to help save the bees. He looks after them well and has become a very successful Bee Keeper. His products include honey jams, honey chutneys, honey marmalades and of course fresh natural honey in different forms. He's an amazing guy and I am so happy to share his wonderful honey with you. 
There was a lot of chilli pastes and dips at the Foodie Festival, but this was my favourite. Purely because you can actually taste it and not have your head blown off with the hotness of the chilli. 
Winnies Original Sweet Chilli Apple Sauce was gorgeous, put with cheese and it is a perfect accompaniment. 
They also had a very luxurious Strawberry Velvet Jam, which as the name suggests, it really is velvet to the palette. 




Mulino Vardzini Cookies always remind me of past holidays in Cyprus. They are Italian based filled cookies and are seen in most bakeries around the Mediterranean. They have traditional fruit filled cookies, like the Honey Apple below and also strawberry, cherries and fig fillings. They also produce fantastic chocolate versions, filled with nutty chocolate. Great for any chocolate lover. 
These are holidays in a cookie. A definite must buy when you can get the chance.  
We were lucky enough to catch the Corinthia's Executive Chef Garry Hollihead do a cookery demonstration. I always find watching professional chefs cooking so exciting.

He showed us how to do Roast Fillet of Hake with mussels, potatoes and leeks and a delica squash purée. Chef Hollihead made it all look incredibly easy. So, we are going to try to replicate it one day at home. As we also received the recipe card with all the instructions on. Added Bonus ! 
As you can see the finished result looks amazing. 
I have actually dined at The Northall Restaurant before and know that his food really does taste devine. Well worth the visit. 

I was a bit dissapointed that I didn't get to see Adam Handling do his cooking demonstration, however I did see him at his stall, and debated asking him to sign his book. But decided against making a prat out of myself  as I did with Ping Coombes. I'll have to meet him another time. 
I would definitely recommend attending The Foodie Festival, and I can't wait until the summer ones next year.