Monday, 6 August 2012

... some local news



... as you all know by now I am a massive local produce champion... as well as writing my Food Heroes articles for Lincolnshire Life Magazine and Good Taste Magazine I regularly feature local produce and producers here on my blog and this has recently come to the attention of a couple of event organisers who have invited me to do some 'demo cooking' at their events...

... as you can imagine this is a very exciting opportunity for me because not only will I be able to create some interesting dishes using other local producers product showing at these events but I also get to show-off myself a little too... and you all know how much I hate that!


... on October 6th I will be cooking at the Market Rasen Mr Big Market.  Market Rasen is a delightful market town situated about 15 miles from my home in the middle of the county over towards Lincoln... whilst it is a traditional and very pretty, old English town... it has suffered in recent years due, not only to the financial crisis but also to the increased popularity of the larger out-of-town supermarkets whose presence can dominate and decimate a small town like this, as well as, it has to be said, the lazy attitude of town locals and officials who care little about their own communities... sadly there are many towns in the same situation up and down the UK but help is at hand as Market Rasen has recently become one of the 'Portas Pilot Towns'... for those of you not in the know, Mary Portas is an inspirational British champion who has been working effortlessly to encourage industry back into Britain and make Britain's towns and high streets great again... you can read about it here... I feel very privileged to be part of this new enterprise and hope to bring something exciting to encourage locals to come and have a fun day out... I plan to create some fun and easy dishes using product that visitors can go and buy then and there...


... and then on November 24th and 25th I will be demo-cooking at the Lincolnshire Christmas Food and Gift Fair held at the fabulous new events centre at the Lincolnshire Showground in Lincoln... again, this event is a great showcase for all that is excellent about this fair county of ours with producers from all over the county showing not only the wonderful food but some brilliant home-made gifts too... again I am thrilled to be taking part and also a little nervous if i'm honest... all those people, watching me cook... hanging on my every word... and then eating my food... oh go on then, i'm gonna LOVE it!!

... if you can make it over to Lincolnshire for any of these events it would, of course, be lovely to see you... but assuming you can't, do wish me luck... and i'll be bringing you my menu ideas as we progress towards the big dates...

eat and of course, enjoy!

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