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Food Festival at Hampton Court Palace Part I

Thursday, 28 May 2009

It was Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK last week and the weather was awesome - blue sky and really warm. I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend as much as I did! Mine as usual involved lots of glorious foods - went to Joel Robuchon's and Hamstead crepes afterwards, revisited my current favourite Sushi-Say restaurant and went to my first ever foodies festival at the Hampton Court Palace!


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I had a great time browsing through the different food stalls and sampling all of their produce. Discovered lots of amazing ingredients and saw a few celebrity chefs! I shall keep my words short as I have lots of pictures to show!

The Hampton Court Palace from afar.

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The lovely surroundings.

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People queuing to go into the food festival compound.

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Rows and rows of stalls/ stands selling local produce. Lots of stalls selling pickled olives, cheeses, sauces and spices - the usual stuff.

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There were amazingly lots of stalls selling olive oils and I think I sampled a cup's worth of olive oil that day.

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Piles of foie gras and pate.

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A wide range of fresh and dried wild mushrooms.

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Lots of stands selling chutney. My favourite would be the figs & orange blossom Moroccon chutney.

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from this stall selling Moroccon spices and food stuff.

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Yummy instant curry packets. The korma was amazingly tasty.

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Lots of chili sauces.

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Just look at that colour!

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Some interesting flavoured sausages. Apart from these, they have game & white wine, pheasant & pear...it is the only stall that sells rabbit meat.

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Spanish hams.

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Some food stands.

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The oysters were really fresh and yummy.

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Chicken tikka grilling in a charcoal oven.

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Malaysian food!

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Some things that were new to me: violet garlic!

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A range of flavoured balsamic vinegar glaze. My favourites were the apricots and truffle.

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Alan Coxon's Historic Vinaigre range: Mediaeval Ale-Gar, Ancient Greek Vinaigre and Roman Vinaigre. Very interesting range of vinegars, each has a very unique taste. I personally like them very much especially the Roman Vinaigre. You can find out more about it here.

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Italian sapa which I have not seen before. A very thick and sweet syrup. Tasted like concentrated plum syrup to me. Very yummy.

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A range of chilli sauce.

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And among them, the dragon's blood hot sauce! It is in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the Hottest chilli available and yes we tried some and it was REALLY HOOOOT! The level of hotness increases by time and I was tearing while sampling other foods from the next few stalls.

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There were chefs cooking live in the Cookery Theatre. This is Jun Tanaka from Pearl restaurant in action.

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To be continued...

Read part II here.

16 oink oinks...:

KennyT said...

OMG, did you get an autograph from Tanaka-san?

Jenn said...

Nice!! Sounds like fun. I wish I was there. Tasting all those lovely samples is like a meal in itself. LOL. Thanks for sharing those pics. Looks like a good time.

5 Star Foodie said...

What a fun event and awesome products! And a cooking theater! Can't wait for the next part!

Natashya said...

What a fabulous foodie fair! I have never seen such an impressive variety of gourmet foods.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Hmmmm that's awesome.....

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

Hi there how hve u been long time no see :)

n trust me I feel like ing to the local farmers' market right away...its theraupatic . :)

Lisa said...

Hi there,

We were at Hampton Court Palace too, Nigel was demonstrating Passionate Puddings and Decadent Desserts in the masterclass theatre.

Wasn't the weather fantastic?!! I wish I'd known you were going, we could have put you on our preferred guest list for free entry. Let me know if you're planning on visiting any other festivals we might be at.

Take care
Lisa

Janet @Gourmet Traveller88 said...

Wish I could go to such a great food event! Envy! I bought those violet garlic from Sarlat, France last year, they are really good and last long in your kitchen. Not so easy to find them.

Screamin' Mama said...

Wow! Looks like an amazing way to spend the day. Great weather and delicious food. What more can you ask for!

Wild Boar said...

Lisa:
We must have been 5 meters away from you at some point then!

I just wanted to add that the oysters were really nice :-D

lisaiscooking said...

What a fun day, and what a beautiful setting for the event!

LCOM said...

Beautiful weather and so many food stalls. I would enjoy strolling and sampling of food too. Sometimes we got violet garlic at the WalMart here, I didn't know it is called that, I thought why the color of the garlic is purple. :P

Chef E said...

Wondered how long it was going to take to get those spice tins to the market... I have two of them, and when I saw it in my personal chef clients home, I knew I could not live with out!

I am jealous now, as I said in the first one before this, we have local markets for summer, but nothing like this, and the one we visited in the PNW!

pigpigscorner said...

KennyT: Unfortunately no =( He had a book signing session after the masterclass but I didn't have his book.

Jenn: Yeap, we enjoyed it! I was so full after tasting all the samples. Didn't have to buy anything to eat.

Natasha: It was really fun and discovered lots of wonderful products!

Natashya: I was quite impressed with the selection of foods they have actually. Would love to visit another one soon.

Kitchen Flavours: Yea it was =)

Navita: Hey! Haven't seen you in awhile! I've been away then you've been away...welcome back =)

Lisa: What a coincidence! The weather was awesome! Hope we can meet the next time =)

Janet: I wish I bought some now! There were so many things I wanted to buy...sigh...

Screamin' Mama: I know! The day was perfect and we enjoyed it a lot.

lisa: Yeap it was really fun! There were so many things going on!

LCOM: That's the first time i've seen violet garlic. Looks so pretty!

Elizabeth: Yea I wonder how long it took them to set up the place! Yeap, I was pretty impressed, but then again this was my first time to any food festival.

Sophie said...

OOOOH,...Lucky you! We don't have something similar as that in Belgoium,...The pictures look very inviting & wonderful!

pigpigscorner said...

Yes it was a wonderful event, I was really impressed with the variety of foods they had.

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