Once again we have been out and about looking for new companies and products to share with our readers and at this year's Speciality & Fine Foods Fair we found a number of gems we felt were so good we just had to mention them. Oats you can drink, the softest of mallow, British cassis and fruit infused spirits - if you are looking for some tasty treats then you have come to the right place.
The festive party season is on its way - and before you even think Christmas we have Halloween, Bonfire Night and Thanksgiving to think of. So to get you in the party mood and take the strain out of finding great snacks and drinks we took a look at some of the new and upcoming producers at this year's Speciality and Fine Foods Fair at Olympia.
After a lovely, yet wet, weekend visit to CarFest South at the end of August we are certainly looking forward to the news that we are about to enter an Indian Summer as autumn starts. And if the glorious sunshine streaming through our office windows is anything to go by, we will be needing more BBQ food and equipment before Summer 2014. So it was exciting to meet so many great business owners and food producers at CarFest.
What started as a sunny weekend soon turned into a tidal wave of rain with torrential downpours and westerly winds, yet nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds at this year's CarFest South. Together with CarFest North both events raise money for BBC Children in Need and are organised by DJ, TV presenter and mega car enthusiast Chris Evans.
The Keebles are a family of farmers and sausage makers. Making damn good sausages is in their blood and they have been doing it for years. And now they are all working together on the family farm to bring you sausages packed to the skin with quality, flavour and inspiration. As well as being great sausages they are also gluten-free so we were delighted to taste-test an extensive selection from their range.
Appleby Creamery is a traditional small artisan producer creating a range of locally inspired cheeses from time honoured Cumbrian recipes. We were excited to taste-test a selection from the Appleby Creamery range - and would certainly recommend them to cheese lovers everywhere.