Eat Cambridge 2016: The Main Event

On Saturday I was invited to a preview of the Eat Cambridge main event at the Corn Exchange. It was lovely walking around with Pippa, and my first thought was wow… we’re so spoilt for lovely independent food in Cambridgeshire! It’s so great to see. It was also nice putting faces to lots of the companies I’ve seen through social media. When 10:30am came around and it opened it was bustling, and the public started to explore all that Cambridgeshire has to offer.

While I was there I met Claire from claireabellemakes. It was great to finally meet her after we’d been following each other on social media — its always nice meeting people in person!

I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite highlights of the event:

Firstly there was a company called Taste Spice selling food rubs and oils. I tried a clear (yes clear!) balsamic vinegar and it was so naturally sweet, and incredibly there was no added sugar! I wish I’d bought it now as it was soooo good!!

I also met the lady from Rocking Raw Chef. All her food is raw and she does a pop-up in Novi every Tuesday! I’m definitely going to go and try out her food, it all looked so yummy!!

Now, I love a good cup of tea and I’ve seen Kandula Tea popping up in so many places recently. Their tea is great, but I need to be more adventurous and try more favours as I always go for the English Breakfast! I love their branding and the beautiful packaging of the tea!

Pinkster Gin were also there. I thought they would be as I met them at the Love Food Festival at Burwash Manor in February. Their packaging is beautiful and I love the PINK! Their gin is pretty awesome too, even for someone who doesn’t like gin!

Moving on to the sweet stuff, Canesmith & Co Gourmet Sweets were there and boy do I have a sweet tooth!! I was glad they were giving out samples as I needed a sugar boost from my early start in the morning, and there is no finer way to get a sugar hit than from Canesmith & Co. The pink sherbet was amazing and took me right back to my childhood!!

The Allotment Cafe! I’ve been wanting to go to Novi to check them out for so long. It was great to see them and meet Katie and the girls. Let’s just say the cakes looked incredible! I really wish I’d bought one but I had to go out for lunch soon after and I was being good. As I’m writing this I regret not buying one for later as it would have been great with a cup of tea right now!

The OOO Company were there who source their products from Cyprus. They specialise in olives, olive oils and cheeses. Being part Greek I was very interested in this stand and I can’t wait to try some of their products!

Cambridge Artisan were launching their new subscription boxes at the event, where you can get a monthly box of local food products from the East of England. I’m very excited for them as it’s such a great idea, and local food companies definitely need more ways of being noticed. It’s great because you’d get the chance to try things you wouldn’t think of trying. I’m very excited to follow their journey after hearing the fantastic story behind the company. Go check them out!

Other companies that I loved were Gourmet Brownie, Burwash Manor, Edward’s Cordial and Ali’s Baltic Bakes.

There are plenty of foodie events on in Cambridge until 22nd May so make sure to check them out!