#Repost Hereford Indie Food Festival Highlights from HerefordshireWriters.co.uk

HFD Indie Food Leafy sign

As a Herefordshire Writer I feel one of the best features of this county is our food! We have so many great cafes and restauarants to choose from and it’s guaranteed to release the glutton in you. This Bank Holiday we had the pleasure of a foodie frenzy weekend by way of Hereford Indie Food Festival! This Festival celebrates Hereford’s Independent food culture and is formed by the team behind “A Rule of Tum” Jon Stead, Edwin and Dorian Kirk.

Hereford Indie Food is a community driven project celebrating the independent food scene, chefs, producers + makers in Herefordshire. -HerefordIndieFood.com

Welcome gate

The Line-Up


Makers Market

Makers Stall

The Maker Markets lined the festival en route to the street food stalls. Visit NouveauBohemian.com to read more about some of the artists and designers showcasing their work. It’s such a lovely chance to get to know creatives in our county many of whom studied at Hereford College of Arts. 

Some Makers at the Festival:

Field & Found    |    Joel Black Knives    |    Steve Meeks Ceramics    |    Halfkey Clothing    |    Bardot Living    |    Sin Eaters Illustrations

Drinks

Offa Cider    |    Method Coffee |   Chase Distillery

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Queues abounded on The Shack Revolution’s pop-up cocktail stall. Many of you will be familiar with brothers James & Rich Manning who started The Shack Revolution bar located in Bastion mews. Their farm-made boutique and bespoke bars pop up everywhere around the country from Weddings, corporate events and even Wembley Stadium and football clubs! They also provided some live acts via their Shackoustic Sundays spot attached to their drinks booth.

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Next time you’re on a night out in Hereford, visit their bar for pizza, beer or cocktails!

Coffee & Cafe stalls

The festival culminates into a Bohemian foray beginning with Makers Market stalls upon entry. Then as in a restaurant you are tempted with a starter: some nibbles (Goat’s cheese from Neal Yard’s Creamery?) and drinks from cider to cocktails. Finally you make your way through the leafy archway into the street food arena….

Leafy archway

Haystack seating

There’s plenty of seating for all the family from haystacks to sofas!

Union Jack couch

Keg & Cork Bar

The outdoor dining areas had a wonderful communal feel and many visitors from outside our county had come over for Bank Holiday weekend.

I really wished I’d gotten The Chefs supper tickets at the Bookshop. Also I didn’t get around to staying on into the night so missed the music acts!

Food

Farmer Tom Jones    |    Noble & Wild    |    The Waffle Lion    |    The Bookshop    |    A Rule of Tum    |    Jake’s Cured Meats    |   The Beefy Boys    |    Neal Yard’s Creamery

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King Street Kitchen Team

As I have such a sweet tooth my first stop was at the King Street Kitchen stall where I purchased a salted pistachio brownie (made with coconut flour) and tried the gigantic chocolate, caramel and pretzel cake which was divine!

The Beefy Boys Stall

It was absolutely jam-packed and the unusually rainy weather couldn’t deter us from this gourmet gathering. All in all an excellently executed collection of music, food, fresh produce and creativity. It was a pleasure to be in attendance this year and I look forward to returning again next year!

Spectacular Wall of Flowers on display by The Great British Florist

How delightful are these flowers carefully arranged by The Great British Florist? This particular florist is based on a farm in the Duchy Estate in Herefordshire.

Did you know….

At the moment only 10% of the flowers sold in Britain are actually grown here. Please join us in our mission to change all that. Good for humans and fantastic for wildlife, British Flowers are fresh, scented, natural and sustainable… -The Great British Florist team

Show your support by buying your next lot of flowers at GreatBritishFlorist.co.uk

The team also facilitate The Great British Florist Flower School. From single workshops to a series of workshops you can dabble your green fingers in their courses!

Wall of flowers made by The Great British Florist

The article was originally posted on HerefordshireWriters.co.uk found here.

More photos of the Festival here.

Read more about Edwin Kirk, Jon Stead and Dorian Kirk on Herefordshire Live here.

For Full Listings of businesses, bars, cafes, makers, street food and live acts on show over weekend 27th-28th August 2016 visit HerefordIndieFood.com plus check out their magazine: Hereford Indie Food’s Magazine (Vol. 1) here.


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Food review: Tandem Bakery, Hereford.

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Located on the high-street this newly opened café is a real treat! There was freshly baked brownies and coffee cake slices being topped up and a connoisseur array of coffee’s to chose from. Their hot chocolate’s are divine with a distinct flavour. Baguette’s (white or granary) richly filled with smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber; and uniquely flavoured side salads with a Moroccan twist depending what day of the week you pop. All in all highly recommended and a wonderful addition to Hereford’s high-street. Though I do hope in the winter months they enable the option of toasted Panini’s!

Tandem Bakery opened Tuesday 1st September and I visited it for the first time Thursday 3rd for a celebratory lunch because that was the publication date of my latest well-being guide: “How to cure Eczema naturally.”

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Food review: Pausa Cafe in Dunelms

I have made a most wonderful little discovery. Having recently been spring cleaning and purchasing some new desk seat cushions and bits and bobs at Dunelm I tried their café Pausa.

It is an absolutely wonderful café. The Panini’s are scrumptious, lot’s of cakes to choose from, the hot chocolate is delicious and the plates are cubically cute too! If this was an independent café chain located centrally in city centre I’d be going nearly everyday it is that good. A very underrated café-you just would not think it would be so great but it is!

Chocolate Review: Cadbury’s Top Deck Dairy Milk.

JpegI had to travel all the way into Wales to buy this South African chocolate! The Cadbury’s Top Deck bar is 80gs of a delightful mix of Cadbury’s dairy milk chocolate with irresistible white chocolate. A heavenly mix!

Why South Africa you may be wandering? Well it appears this particular bar is produced by Mondelez in South Africa. Although when I was a child these bars were readily available in the UK-my local post office would sell it and I loved it back then. I don’t know what happened but all of sudden it was no where to be seen and it wasn’t until as an adult now I encountered it in the Delicatessen “Wally’s” in Cardiff.

It appears very hard to get but sooo worth it! I have not bought online via amazon though I may need to when I next get a craving for it.

Noticeably this particualr Cadbury’s bar lacks that melt in the mouth quality to UK produced chocolate. There is none of that horrid waxy and artifical texture and flavour of American chcolate like Hershey’s-yuck! Instead it is slower to melt yet creamy and less of that distinct Cadbury’s milk choclate flavour, it does not lean toward being too white chocolatey nor milk chocolate based instead a scrumptious sweetness  that you must indulge your tastebuds in. It is £2.25 per 80g at Wally’s Delicatessen in Cardiff.

I absolutely love Top Deck and always want more so 10/10!