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!

20 comments:

  1. Would love to attend but sadly its not on the radar anytime soon. I do wish you much luck - break a leg!

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  2. Oh dom that is such wonderful news! All the best for it, you're going to be brilliant!The events sound really great too, I'm thinking of taking a trip out of london somewhere, but can't decide, lincolnshire may well be my destination. Will let you know for sure if I do come!

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  3. Show off? What, you? I can't believe that. Loads of luck with these projects - they sound excellent.

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  4. Some great opportunities there Dom. Well done! You are very obviously rising up the "Visibility stakes". looking forward to your first TV series... 2013? 2014? Sooner?

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  5. Wow - fantastic, good for you. Agree - the Portas scheme is brilliant.

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  6. If I win the Lottery I will be in the front row. How exciting for you. I can't wait to hear what local ingredients you will be cooking with. I hope there will be someone selling organic chicken. You are a master at thighs. So happy for your success.

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  7. Good to see so many people looking to support their local producers! We're quite keen on that up in Manchester but I do love to see the rest of the country's efforts to get eating and drinking the fruits of their regional producer's labours. We try to buy local as much as possible, hopefully more restaurants will follow suit!

    Katie Lounge 10
    www.lounge10.co.uk

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  8. Congratulations on those fantastic opportunities! Would appreciate if you can update us about this event.

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  9. We will all look forward to following your adventures in the coming months.

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  10. Would love to be there and Congratulations! It's a shame I'm thousands of miles away. Please do keep us posted. I'm eager to read about your Amazing adventures; )

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  11. Can't think of a better blogger to take on this task---they're lucky to have you!

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  12. Gosh how brilliant having Mary Portas to inspire everyone.

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  13. Wish I was closer, so I could come and watch, but WELL DONE, you!

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  14. My your plans for world domination have been coming on apace since I last visited - well done you.

    All sounds very exciting - best of luck Dom!

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  15. GOOD for you and I may be able to come and see you, it's a GREAT cause to promote seasonal and local fare, as well as you progressing on the taking over the world as BrownieVille Girl so rightly said! GOOD FOR you and WELL DONE too! XXX Karen

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  16. This all sounds amazing Dom. Good luck with everything...hopefully we may be able to get to see you at some point...
    Deb

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  17. Congrats! Lincolnshire produce is fine food, I know because I lived in the next county and we used to eat Lincolnshire potatoes and other Lincolnshire produce all the time. Best potatoes in the world, says I!

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  18. Well done! Cook on my friend ;0)

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  19. How exciting and cool! Best of luck.

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