Rutland Food Festival

September 16, 2012

I made a late decision yesterday to drive over to Empingham for the Rutland Food Festival. A very good decision as it turned out.

For once in this rain-sodden summer it was a lovely warm sunny day. The festival had a sumptuous setting by Rutland Water, where over a hundred little sailboats were having some sort of race thing (come on, you all saw the Olympics – who had a clue what was going on?)

It was, in Rutland style, a small but classy event. Cooking presentations from leading local chefs including Brian Baker, Sean Hope and Dameon Clarke and around maybe 30 food stalls including familiar stalwarts such as Pick’s organic meats and Hambleton Bakery, newer businesses such as baked goods from Les Rosbifs restsaurant (left)  and Johannah’s Patisserie. I picked up a end of festival box from the later which included some of the best bakewell tart I’ve ever encountered. They are opening a shop next month in Oakham so look out if you’re over there. 

Other goodies I came away with included venison from Fen Farm, pain Levain from Les Rosbifs, spicy plum chutney from Rutland Preserves, spicy N’awleans  rub from Gourmet Spice Company, and a bit of punt, a bottle of Rutland table wine – a Bacchus from Abbey vineyards. A little tasting suggested an off-dry wine with a surprising amount off fruit showing through. Whether it will hold-up away from the feel-good environment of a sunny food festival I’m not sure but at £6.50 it felt like a deal. 

I ended up staying most of the day helping sign-up people for the Great Food Club, along with fellow Great Food magazine contributor Hazel Paterson and partner Glen.  Hazel’s a really creative cook and photographer, if you’re not already following her work in the magazine or  through her blog and tweets, I recommend you investigate.

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4 Responses to “Rutland Food Festival”

  1. […] I made a late decision yesterday to drive over to Empingham for the Rutland Food Festival. A very good decision as it turned out.For once in this rain-sodden summer it was a lovely warm sunny day.  […]

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  2. riponia said

    Well having tried the Rutland Table Wine at home I was pleasantly reassured. It stood up very well. No great complexity of course, but I reckon any group of 30somethings on a girls out night would be perfectly happy with this and quite possibly would be none the wiser if told it was a pinot grigio.

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  3. Norman said

    Strange, I really didn’t believe that wine drinkers have no idea what they’re drinking.

    Looks like a lovely day was had. I love Rutland – doesn’t get enough press.

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    • riponia said

      Hmm, looking again I didn’t express myself very well – I meant to say something along the lines that it would be to easy believe this Rutland wine was actually Italian, for example. And even the very best wine critics can be surprised in blind tastings.

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