What is the collective noun for food lovers? A flavour? A tasting? A smorgasbord?
The week before last a lot of people who love food; grow it, make it, buy it, sell it, transport it and make sure we can get hold of it, descended on Birmingham for the Food and Drink Expo and the Farmshop & Deli show.
Godminster was there. Doug, Bethan, Sarah and Rachel were busy for all three days handing out samples to eager show-goers of our Vintage Organic Cheddar and Oak-Smoked Vintage Organic Cheddar; our trio of artisan Organic Bries; crackers; fruit cake; chutney and flavoured vodkas.
We saw plenty of friendly faces from:
theudderfarmshop.co.uk – Gillingham, Dorset
www.mossendfarmshop.co.uk – Warfield, Berkshire
www.abigailsdeli.co.uk – Ingatestone, Essex
www.robertsandspeight.co.uk – Beverley, Yorkshire
www.the-grey-lady.co.uk – Newtown Linford, Leicestershire
www.queenstreetdeli.co.uk – Wells, Somerset
Dial-a-deli – Mobile delicatessen
We also enjoyed meeting lots of people who were discovering Godminster for the first time. Willow Tree Garden Center, Burleydam Garden Center, Langs Farm Shop and Squisito Butchers were just some of the food people who came to say hi and ordered our cheese.
As well as farm shop and deli owners we shared our cheese with Bourne & Wallis, purveyors of the finest pickled beetroot, and the nutty people at Jazzy potatoes.
It wouldn’t be half as fun going to a food show if we didn’t have a look around and enjoy some of the food and drink on offer.
We sampled lovely traditional fruit drinks from Folkingtons, tasty popcorn from a whole host of producers, including our neighbours (at the show), Propercorn, brews from the friendly folk at the London Tea Company and fabulous treats from James Hutchins of James Chocolates – the team were very restrained (so they say).
We’re already looking forward to next year. If you can’t wait until then, we’re going to be at the shows below in April and May. Come and say hello!
Natural and Organic Show, Olympia, London – 13th and 14th April
Spirit of Summer Show, Olympia, London – 14th to 17th May
The Bath and West, Shepton Mallet – 28th to 31st May