The alternative title for today’s post is “How to torture yourself when you are on a diet”. The food festival ‘main event’ for Eat Cambridge took place last weekend, so I hopped along for a visit and an opportunity to chat to some of my favourite indie foodies in the city.
Let me give you some history here. When we first moved to the city 10 years ago, the street food scene didn’t exist and good sushi was hard to find. Deliveroo was not even a concept and the indie food community was small. Now we are spoiled for choice with new restaurants and pop-up events happening on a weekly basis and there is an amazing bunch of people championing indie food. It’s official – Cambridge is now the foodie’s dream.
Here are a few of my favourites that I came across at the food festival this year.
I picked up some fresh Cypriot halloumi from SBS winners OOO Company which was delicious. We went to a BBQ later that day and it went down a treat. No squeak and so much flavour. I spent the rest of the day regretting that I had only purchased one block.
Pinkster Gin were there with their eye catching branding.
These delicious savoury muffins were so good and each one focused on a different herb. Find out more at Herbalicious Muffins.
It was good to catch up with Claire, owner of Breckland Orchard posh pops. The flavours just sum up British summer and they are perfect for picnics! If I still drunk alcohol I reckon they’d make great mixers for vodka and gin too!
It’s always a pleasure to see Katie from Allotment Cafe. Her cakes are like beautiful floral art pieces and her girl gang of helpers were just as lovely.
I was SUPER tempted by these but the diet said no. I can definitely vouch for the brownies though as I may have caved when Katie had her pop-up at Novi.
Ali was there with her Baltic Bakes which I did treat myself to one of. I tried a warm apple and raspberry piragi which was just the right amount of sweet. With a little cinnamon added it was perfet.
I totally resisted the Ely Fudge Company stall. Can I please have my medal now?!
Lastly, it was super to see Cambridge Artisan showing their beautiful hampers which contain locally sourced goodies from all over East Anglia. I shall definitely be visiting their website for Christmas presents this year. A family run business (the guys behind the amazing Churros van) and this one is led by 15 year old Amelise. One to watch!
I left with some goodies for G (Burwash Manor Sausage rolls) and took a sneak peek in Sticks and Sushi on the way out before they opened to the public later that day. If pre-opening reviews are anything to go by, I think we finally have quality sushi in Cambridge in a really cool setting.
Talking of sushi, Eat Cambridge has some amazing fringe events running until 22 May, so I’ll be taking a Sushi class with Jo at Bridges Cafe this weekend. Keep an eye on my Twitter if you want to see the results!