Unfortunately my first post isn't going to be a baking or recipe post - I've spent the weekend at the Oxford Foodies Festival!
This is the second year I've been and this years was bigger and better than the last! There are lots of different stalls, chef demonstrations, cookery shows and food trucks. For the last two years the main attraction for me has been the stall and demonstrations by Outsider Tart I absolutely love their creations and their book is amazing!
So what did I get up to this year....?
The first Master Class I went to was Joe and Sephs Gourmet Popcorn which was brilliant as they explained how they got started (apparently the founders used to travel to the USA regularly and always brought co-workers flavoured popcorn as a treat! The co-workers couldn't get enough, so they decided to create their own line!) We also got to try lots of flavours from Salted Caramel, to Goats Cheese and Black Pepper, to Toffee Apple with Cinnammon, and Whiskey Caramel Macchiato. They were all absolutely DELICIOUS!
Next, we saw David from Outsider Tart demonstrate how to make a Chocolate Pudding Cake (which we got to try!!)
I was so engrossed in getting to try his cake, that I forgot to take a picture. But it was a 6 layer (!!!!) chocolate cake with chocolate pudding in between the layers and covering the top and sides. It was then covered with cake crumbs. Afterwards I wandered along to the Outsider Tart stand:
They had lots to choose from: Whoopie Pies, Whiskey Brownie (which Mark bought, it was the best brownie I have ever tasted), Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Brownie (which I chose!), Snickerdoodles and more!
After buying up some brownies we had a wonder round to look at some of the other stands which ranged from more cakes, to cheese, pies, bread, milk, dressings, sauces and so on.
This stand was run by The Little Round Cake Company and they had the most amazing meringues, tarts and individual layer cakes!
The Karantani Deli had a really amazing stall of savoury bakes, all of them looked incredible. I wish I had bought one of the savory strudels or muffins - the muffins were huge and packed with cheese and veg!
Some of my other favourite stalls were this bakery, the Gelato stand (we had Oreo and Mocha - both were lovely) and the Cheshire Cheese Company stall. They do the most delcious cheeses - we spent a fortune on them!
So our last stop of the day was to the The Backyard Company demonstration. I've seen the guys cook before and used their sauces which are incredible. I would really recommend trying them if you can track them down. Tony showed us how to use his sauces to create perfect Jerk Chicken.
This years Foodies was definitely done on a bigger scale than the last, but next year, if there is an event near you I would really recommend you go. It's really affordable - £18 for a three day ticket, but there are usually buy one get one free offers floating around. With the money you save on your ticket, you can buy more food there! You will spend a fortune!!