Two of my favourite things combined = Northampton and a food fair!

The Love Northampton Food Fair was highly anticipated to be an occasion where everyone could escape the rain, come inside the stunning Guildhall and browse the many tasty delights that lots of Northamptonshire local producers were showcasing. It was great timing for everyone to gather some foodie Christmas presents ahead of the festive season.

Not only was I attending to come and see everyone, browse and buy some local produce, but on this occasion, I was also running the Friars Farm stall on behalf of Steve Reid, who couldn’t be there – so it was a rather momentous occasion.

The Food Fair was split into two rooms: The Great Hall and Court Rooms, so there was plenty to explore. It’s always difficult to highlight every single food producer, as there were so many who brought so many wonderful things to the table (literally) but I am always so happy to go round and say hello to each and everyone.

Our first stop was our neighbours, Dutch Delights, Northamptonshire’s best Stroopwafel company who create yummy versions of this authentic dutch delicacy, including ones dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles. Farmer Lou was present selling Honey & Mustard, Red Onion and many other varieties of sausages.

The Good Loaf were tempting people with their huge loafs of homemade sourdough, I met Lizzy Jane for the first time who was selling varieties of vegan and vegetarian burgers and Green Kitchen Preserves was tempting me to their Towcester Mill Brewery Beer Mustard – very nice!

Mums Made With Love sorted me out for dinner with their mild curry sauces, I also got to browse for some coffee from Well Roasted Coffee and Replete Breads was charming the guests with their homemade flatbreads which you could smell from a mile away.

I can’t forget about the Gin’s on show! Phipps NBC are one of Northampton’s most well-known brewery companies who are behind the Northampton Kinky Boots ale! Plus, it was great to see the mother-daughter duo behind Hustle Gin who produce fine botanical small batch gin – I had to get my hands on the Cubeb and Orange Blossom Gin for Christmas!

We grabbed a bite to eat at lunch from Butt’s Savouries who made incredibly tasty wraps from Chicken Tikka to Lamb, which filled a hole after standing up for most of the day!

In the Court Rooms, you couldn’t keep your eyes off Whittlebury Bakery’s stand which was COVERED with fresh pastries, iced buns, cupcakes and baked treats galore! There was also a very colourful pick ‘n’ mix sweet table courtesy of Sweet Queens where we took away some sweet Strawbs! Then round the corner, Shires Country Kitchen, run by Godfrey, was displaying lots of tasters for his unique blends of hummus dips – even chocolate hummus!

There were other non-food stalls in attendance too including Fridge Street, who are famous for their stunning drawings of Northampton buildings which they put into fridge magnets, tea towels and even aprons! If you want to feel like a proper Northamptonian, you definitely need to grab their products, which you can do so at Vintage Guru on St Giles Street.

You could walk around several times and you’d still find yourself going back to a stall for more. As for myself, working on the Friars Farm stall was an insightful experience which I really enjoyed. I even got to launch their new product on their behalf: the Vodka and Orange Marmalade which had some strong, positive reactions! Friars Farm was obviously well known too and I was happy to showcase their fantastic homemade jams, chutneys and marmalade!

Overall, it was a fantastic day well worth visiting with an all-round community loving vibe – we came home with sore legs and feeling drained, but happy and content from the wonderful day we just had.

I am thoroughly looking forward to the next one!