Real Food Festival
|Well, it was a fantastic surprise to visit for the first time the Real
Food Festival at Earls Court Exhibition Centre on Saturday 07/05/2010.
The Food Festival is an event held annually in London and whose mission is "To support more sustainable
food production by buying direct from the producers." The Festival, is much, much more than a just a
food event, or farmer's market - there's so much to see and the best of all you can leave with your
bags bursting with real food to enjoy at home. But, for me, the most important message is to let the
public know products and producers from various parts of the country and the world, who are directly
related to organic and free range products.
From the time I've been there I could see more than 400 small producers and taste, chocolates, beers,
whiskies, sausages, wines, champagnes, cheese, milk, ice creams, jelly, vegetables, olive oils,
balsamic vinegar and many, many more.
There were exhibitors from all over the World with large and small stands, but all with the same
commitment, high quality products and affordable prices.
There were also presentations from renowned Chefs such as Raymond Blanc and Carlo Cracco and wine
tasting classes, exhibition of real animals, like cows, pigs, sheep's, and so on. The Real Food
Festival only presents producers based on the quality and integrity of their product, offering visitors
the opportunity to explore, taste and buy fantastic food and drink.
I was impressed with the amount of people who had circulated through the stands and enjoying all the
flavours of fresh organic products, last year the festival attracted almost 20,000 visitors.
All the exhibitors had the same commitment, the nature.
From all the magazines and leaflets that I received, perhaps one of the most interesting was the LOCAL
FARE, a small publication of local farmers and producers from England, and on their web site you can
find your nearest Farm Shop with an interactive map Farmshopping.net.
One of the international producers that caught my attention was a Coffee Farm in Brazil, the Floresta
Organic Coffee - the perfect taste of Arabica coffee from Brazil which I had the pleasure to taste and
chat with one of the farm representatives. The farm has commitment with the preservation of nature.
More details can be found on the web site http://www.florestaorganic.co.uk.
It was a brilliant and very funny day, I learned many new recipes and more importantly, how important
the preservation of nature and how to appreciate the taste of free range and organic products because
they make all the difference in the preparation of the most varied recipes.
For those who've never been in this festival, my advice is do not miss the opportunity next year,
further information visit http://www.realfoodfestival.co.uk