As you can imagine, as soon as I got wind of the Real food festival, I knew I had to go.
Opening this Thursday 24 April at 10 am in Earl’s Court, this is London’s foodie festival of the year.
With about 500 small producers under one roof, including Blur musician and cheese maker Alex James, it must be one of the the biggest farmers’ market in the world.
(Thus meriting a picture of my esteemed mother’s borscht. She strains the cooked beetroots, adds lemon juice to the liquid and beats in an egg. See pic from Saturday lunchtime, above.)
The Real food festival ends at 6 pm on Sunday 27 April. Here’s how to get tickets.
There’s a real buzz going on in the food world about this festival. Everyone I speak to is on their way.
I will be going on Thursday. My first stop, Nichola Fletcher’s stall (P648).
Nichola is a deer farmer from Auchtermuchty, Scotland. I just read on her website how the deer in her care are slaughtered. Sentient beings, they die instantly with no stress – it is awesome.
Deer are well-real because they have not been so intensively-farmed or bred (unlike those poor chickens).
I am looking forward to meeting Nichola in real (my favourite word again!) life.
And tasting her compassionately-killed venison.