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Foodies Lounge

Free talks about food and drink, and tasty samples!

Throughout the weekend, there will be a series of foodie talks in our Foodies Lounge, where you can, hopefully, learn some new things about food and drink.

They will led by local food heroes and are meant to be both informative and fun. If you're lucky, there will also be some free samples!

Here is the line up for 2018:

Christine and Geoff Twell, Neneview Dairy

Geoff and Christine Twell set up Neneview Diary in 2013. They started out with just three goats and now have over 100 on their farm in Stanwick. Theirs is one of the most compelling Northamptonshire food success stories. From humble beginnings they have become artisan goat cheese royalty, multi-award winning and feted by cheese makers around the world.

The couple will be Talking Goats’ Cheese; sharing their story, revealing the life of a goat, their diet and the milking process, and talking about their cheese and how it is made. They will also provide samples and take questions from the floor.

Nenette Scrivener, Nenette’s Chocolates

Nenette is an artisan chocolatier who trained with some of the biggest names in chocolate including award-winning Swiss chocolatier Carlo Melchior whose chocolates you will find in Fortnam and Masons.

She has been making her own chocolate for ten years and combines her tempered chocolate with fresh, seasonal ingredients to create delicious chocolates and truffles, bars and shapes. Nenette is based just over the county border in a village in South Leicestershire. With the help of a wine expert, she will be pairing wine and chocolate

Warner Edwards

Warner Edwards are a multi award-winning artisan gin distillery based in Harrington. They will take you on a journey into the world of gin, it’s history and explain the different methods that make one gin so different from another.

There will be a chance to try some free samples from the Warner Edwards range, which includes their Harrington Dry, Harrington Sloe, Elderflower Infused and Victoria’s Rhubarb gin, and their new Honeybee gin. See page XX for more details.

Bob Price, Chillibobs

Bob Price is an expert on chilli. He grows 10,000 chilli plants a year, encompassing 45 varieties, on a farm near Newark in Nottinghamshire. He and son Neal have been selling chilli plants, pods and home-made chutneys and sauces for five years. They sell to the public, sauce manufacturers and use the home-grown chillies in their products. Bob will be Talking Chilli - cooking with them for flavour rather than heat.

Gary Bradshaw, maker of Cobblers Nibble cheese

Gary turned his back on life as a deskbound Mac operator to launch Hamm Tun Fine Foods, the only cheese maker in Northampton. His first cheese - Cobblers Nibble cheese – quickly became a local legend and has gone on to win a string of awards. It is a hard English cheese made traditionally by hand with milk from a Northamptonshire Fresian herd.

He also makes a soft cheese - Cobblers Nibble Gold, made from pasteurised cows’ milk and washed in Guilsborough Gold beer from Nobby’s brewery in Guilsborough - and a Northamptonshire blue. Gary will be Talking Cheese, and providing some free samples.

The Good Loaf

The Good Loaf is a social enterprise in Northampton focussed on doing the right thing. As well as making fresh, hand-crafted bread, the bakery and café helps vulnerable women break out of a cycle of poverty and offending by giving them work experience, training and jobs. Their bread is baked at sunrise every day using flour from local mills. They make a variety of loaves from sourdough, where the dough is left to prove for 48 hours giving it the distinctive sour taste and heavy crust, to malt crunch with a nutty flavour and Italian exports ciabatta and focacia, both made using local rapeseed oil.

As well as being an artisan bakery. The Good Loaf runs a thriving café in Overstone Road where the hearty sandwiches are made with fresh bread and you can buy their stunning loaves. One of their master bakers will be on hand Talking Bread, what to look for in a good loaf, why real bread is better and the nasties that you need to avoid in a supermaket loaf.

Timings are as follows:

 

Saturday

11am Geoff and Christine Twell – Talking Goat Cheese

11.45am Nenette Scrivener – Pairing wine and chocolate

12.30pm Warner Edwards – Gin tastings

1.15pm Bob Price – Talking Chilli

2pm Gary Bradshaw – Talking Cheese

2.45pm The Good Loaf – Talking Bread

3.30pm Warner Edwards – Gin tastings

Sunday

11am Geoff and Christine Twell – Talking Goat Cheese

11.45am Nenette Scrivener – Pairing wine and chocolate

12.30pm Warner Edwards – Gin tastings

1.15pm Bob Price – Talking Chilli

2pm Gary Bradshaw – Talking Cheese

2.45pm The Good Loaf – Talking Bread

3.30pm Warner Edwards – Gin tastings

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