Suffolk Show 2013: Food at the Show
Think Suffolk and you can’t help but think food and the many producers and growers, the Suffolk Agricultural Association’s members being many of them. As you might expect, a high proportion of the Suffolk Show’s stands have something to do with food.
The Adnams’ Food and Drink Experience showcases food and drink from about 70 producers across the region. About half the stands are members of Tastes of Anglia and the experience is always a veritable food adventure exploring meat, cheeses, chocolates, strawberries, smoked meats, oils and preserves, locally reared meats, and even oysters. Treat yourself to a little tasty something as an indulgent snack or picnic, or stock up on the finest seasonal produce to take home and cook.
Sauces, from spicy to creamy will be on show from the Curry Sauce Company – whose products are likened to having an Indian restaurant in your own home. The pots, ranging from korma and balti to Thai green or the new Moroccan tagine, contain no artificial ingredients and around 14 varieties are available.
Other lip-smacking products to drizzle over your food from the experience come in the form of Lucy’s Dressings, made in Suffolk using Hillfarm rapeseed oil or extra virgin olive oil.
The dressings work perfectly both as marinades and drizzled over salads. Sample the Golden Dressing, made with rapeseed oil, Aspall Cyder Vinegar, honey and dijon mustard, or the Light Asian Dressing, infused with fresh lime juice, ginger, garlic and chillies.
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Made just over the border in Essex, Fairfield Farm Crisps will be at the experience with their award-winning snacks, made from their own potatoes, and with seasonings derived from other local producers.
Over the border on the other side of Suffolk, Gnaw Chocolate will be at the show from Norfolk, showcasing their tasty, quirky bars of inventive treats.
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Other sweet goodies on the day are to come from Heavenly Cakes at The Bakehouse, who’ll bring pretty cupcakes and cake pops from their kitchens in Woodbridge.
Then there’s Liquorice with a Twist, who’ll bring liquorice products from around the world for both aficionados and those who normally aren’t so sure about the black stuff. As well as pellets, twirls and allsorts, there will be soft Italian liquorice twists that are great for newcomers to the product as they leave no bitter aftertaste.
Outside the drinks courtyard will feature the Adnams mobile “Beach Hut” and Boat Bar bringing a taste of Adnams and Southwold. The Beach Hut contains products from the brewery’s award winning Cellar & Kitchen stores and there is free wine and beer tasting.
A day out at the Show isn’t complete without a picnic-style lunch at Eat Street. Along the ‘street’ this year you’ll find strawberries, waffles, paella, prime sausages, locals juices and more, with plenty of places to sit and enjoy your purchases.
A highlight of Eat Street has to be the Aspall Cyder Barn – a fun display that the Suffolk business only takes to a couple of events a year.
Cider is catching up to wine in the popularity stakes and pairs well with food (especially sausages). All the Aspall varieties will be available with Suffolk Cyder, Harry Sparrow and Perronelle’s Blush on draught, as well as Premier Cru, Organic Suffolk Cyder, Imperial and Lady Jennifer’s in bottles.For younger visitors there will be Aspall apple juice too.