Steve and I hopped on the bus out to Wespoint Exhibition Centre on the outskirts of Exeter. We wanted to check out what was hot in the local food and drink world at the Source Trade Show.
“The 2016 Source trade show provides the perfect mix of passionate producers, alongside the hottest hospitality and catering companies, and the freshest food service.”
There were a few producers exhibiting that I had worked with on my last Tara’s Busy Kitchen Presents Afternoon Tea event in December and I wanted to show my face and meet them in person. I caught up with Nick from the Blueberry Bros. They have the most wonderful jams, chutney, beer, cider and sweet delicacies all made with blueberries. Their jams are a personal favourite of mine.
We stopped off at the Okemoor Bakery stand. I was lucky enough to have some cannoli’s and rum babas given to me for my last event so I wanted to say “hello” and see what else they had to offer. They have recently started supplying Exe Coffee Roasters with the most wonderful pastries. Light, flakey, crispy pastry surrounding delicious fillings. Absolute wonderful.
I finally met in person Andy and Mandy from Laydilay Organic Eggs. Such lovely people who were eager to chat and find out more about my blog. They kindly provided the most wonderful eggs and mayonnaise for my tea party finger sandwiches. They also make amazing meringues ready to be piled high with fruit and cream for an easy dessert. Yummy!
Next on my list was Janet at the Littlepod stand. I’ve had a few phone conversations with her recently as I hope to do a full review and tell the Littlepod story soon. Obviously, once again I wanted to put a face to a name. Janet is a real character and so passionate about her product. Rightly so.. It’s pure and delicious plus she does a lot for various charities. Janet has her own foundation in Borneo where her great friend Dr Made Setiawan , Littlepods own vanilla farmer, is acting as a consultant on an environmental project that, all being well, will impact on the bigger issues of climate change. There is so much going on at Littlepod HQ at the moment that they definately warrant their own full blogpost!
I met up with Hannah from Plymouth Teas. She is kindly providing the teas for my latest Tara’s Busy Kitchen Presents event at the end of February. I can’t wait to work with her more. We talked about tea tastings and me going down to their tea plantation later on in the year to pick tea.. It’s all so exciting! They are the only tea plantation in Devon and the second in England next to Cornwall. Can you actually imagine tea growing in Devon? It’s amazing and I hope maybe one day I will get to try a cup of tea made with Devon grown tea!
I met up with some new foodie friends too. Frandie Macaron are a local company that created the most wonderful brightly coloured macarons. I hope to use them at my tea party events in the future. I am going to see them in the next week or so at the Exeter University Farmers Market to talk more and sample some more of their beautifully delicate macarons.
It was a good couple of hours wondering around the exhibition centre chatting to old foodie friends and making new ones. I had the opportunity to try and taste some new products too which was great. It has given me lots to think about for future events and recipes.