Well, it’s that time of year again. Weekends spent exploring, thinking, eating, and writing about food. I said the other day, foodie festival season is now in full swing here in what the tourist guides call ‘the heart of England.’ And if you are even a semi-regular reader of this or my other blogs, you know how much I love a food fair. Of course, I’ve gone into some detail about my ‘home’ food fair – the Banbury Food Fair – and if you are a food fair aficionado, I recommend you check it out as well.
- What I Learned at Banbury Food Fair 2016: Food fairs involve a lot of eating but it’s also about exploring, chatting and learning. The vendors at the Banbury foood fair – there are over 120 – are knowledgable and passionate about what they do. I love chatting with them. not all about actually eating.
- Banbury Food Fair 2016 in Photos: My fave foodie photographer, @modparlphotos got some behind the scenes time at the demos in addition to snapping the stalls and we got a chance to with the chefs.
But of course, the Banbury fair isn’t until August so what is a food festival lover to do? Wait? Not on your life! The weather was beautiful this last weekend so we toddled off to the Warwick Food Fest, a relatively recent edition to the local food fair circuit (this is its third year). We were both impressed with the array of vendors, the set up and the food itself. Some thoughts and pictures of Warwick Food Fest 2017 can be seen over on the Banburian. But serioulsy, does this not look DIVINE!
But a girl cannot live by food fair alone so I also spent a bit of time this weekend prepping for the next Jones on Food and Travel show (June 5, 10am-1pm UK time). What? You don’t know about it? You thought Fab Foodies in the Studio was a ‘one-off?’ My goodness, I have neglected to keep this crowd updated! Apologies! And here’s the scoop from the show’s landing page on the Banburian:
Peter Jones is a photographer and travel writer who has seen it all and eaten everywhere. At least, this is what he tells me and he’s certainly got the stories and knowledge to back up these claims. It’s one of the reasons his show Jones on Food and Travel is so entertaining. That and the guests are half the reason I agreed to do a regular spot called ‘Deborah Dishes on Food.’ The other half of the reason is that I get to be a food taster when a tasting is scheduled.
If you’ve got the travel bug or are curious about all things culinary, check out the show on the first Monday of the month, 10am-1pm on Puritans Radio, where you can listen live. You can also listen to earlier editions online (links are available here and hosted on Dropbox) or you download each to your device for listening later on.
This next week should be a good one – The monthly travel advice and tips segement from our resident experts and then a really diverse line up! Finding out what it is like to be about to embark on a life at sea – as head butcher on one of the world’s most elegant ocean liners; behind the scenes at a Banbury micro-pub; produce news from the asparagus front (it’s not a long window people, get the good stuff while you can). I’ll talk about Caribbean food (still thnking about all that tune and mahi from Antigua last month). Then an interview with the woman behind an truly impressive local pop-up. So tune in!
Oh and one last culinary thought from the Warwick Food Fest