I love food fayres. Especially ones that focus on local goods, as often there are gourmet delights being produced on your doorstep that you don't know about and food fayres provide the ideal platform for suppliers to showcase them. This weekend, Hatton Country World near Warwick hosted an Easter Food Fayre with a number of food purveyors from not only the immediate local area but also from neighbouring Midlands towns. As well as local cider and honey makers, Leominster based Tyrrells Crisps were there with their range of innovative crisp flavours. I was elated to see that their 'Worcestershire Sauce & Sun Dried Tomato' flavour was veggie friendly as nearly all Worcestershire Sauce products and flavourings are labelled as not. A really tasty, punchy flavoured crisp, it makes the ideal partner for a sandwich lunch or picnic feast (available in stores nationwide). http://www.tyrrellscrisps.co.uk/crisps/worcester-sauce-sundried-tomato
Cotswold drinks company, Bensons Totally Fruity, provided an array of apple juice drinks to sample, many of which were complemented by delicious flavours such as rhubarb or elderflower. Their country estate farm in Sherborne (between Cheltenham and Witney), also stocks all their apple juice ranges as well as their iced fruit lollies called 'Chilly Billy'. They make all their juice on-site in Sherborne, from apples harvested only from UK orchards which helps to support the British fruit/agriculture community and following last year's bumper apple crop, it's the ideal time to sample Benson's goods! Check them out via: http://www.bensonsapplejuice.co.uk/.
As the spring season blossoms, there will be plenty of food fayres popping up in your area over the coming months - it's a great way to see what you can get outside of the supermarket chains and how you can support local produce and the local economy.