Monday, 12 October 2015

Ilkeston Food Fair - 11th October 2015.

I'd never heard about Ilkeston Food Fair before, but after seeing their twitter account and having a peek at the exhibitors list, I decided that I had to pay a visit. They are now in their third year and each one has become more and more successful.

We headed over to Ilkeston Rugby Club (which is a bit tricky to find if like us, you haven't been before) and parked in the designated car park which cost just £1.

We arrived before the fair had officially opened as the ribbon still hadn't been cut, but we were allowed to go in still which was nice as the stalls were fully stocked.

My first stop was Buffalo Brownies.
The guys let me sample the different flavours they made.
There was 70% & 80% cocoa which tasted lovely and rich.
My favourites however, were from the Blondie range which are chocolate-less.
They still tasted and had the texture like brownies, but were more moist.
I went away with a Blondie with milk chocolate chips. This one was definitely the best in my opinion. I liked it because the chips were more like chunks and like I say, the blondie itself tastes amazing.

Next up was Cocoa Tabby. I've come across these before and love their chocolate!
Whilst here, I sampled the orange chocolate buttons. This chocolate is delicious. It melts in your mouth and the flavours are great. There is all-sorts to chose from. I'm looking to buy some of the gift hampers for presents soon too.
I also went and bought our dog Bob some treats from Mrs Bishop's Doggy Deli.
I love the range of treats that they have and I also ordered Bob an advent calendar from them too.
My favourite was the 'Cherry Bark-well'.

Ashlea is a lover of ales so when I couldn't find him, I knew where he would be.
Derventio Brewery are based in Darley Abbey.
They let Ashlea sample the beers and he went away with 4 bottles of Cleopatra ABV 5% Pale Apricot.

After wandering around in the cold weather, we needed something to warm us up.
The Split Screen Bakery have converted a VW camper van into this cute coffee and cake wagon.
 I opted for a hot chocolate and Ashlea had a black coffee.

There were lots of other amazing stalls, but unfortunately couldn't have something from all of them!

I enjoyed my time at Ilkeston Food Fair and will definitely return for the next one!

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