#Repost Hereford Indie Food Festival Highlights from HerefordshireWriters.co.uk

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As a Herefordshire Writer I feel one of the best features of this county is our food! We have so many great cafes and restauarants to choose from and it’s guaranteed to release the glutton in you. This Bank Holiday we had the pleasure of a foodie frenzy weekend by way of Hereford Indie Food Festival! This Festival celebrates Hereford’s Independent food culture and is formed by the team behind “A Rule of Tum” Jon Stead, Edwin and Dorian Kirk.

Hereford Indie Food is a community driven project celebrating the independent food scene, chefs, producers + makers in Herefordshire. -HerefordIndieFood.com

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The Line-Up


Makers Market

Makers Stall

The Maker Markets lined the festival en route to the street food stalls. Visit NouveauBohemian.com to read more about some of the artists and designers showcasing their work. It’s such a lovely chance to get to know creatives in our county many of whom studied at Hereford College of Arts. 

Some Makers at the Festival:

Field & Found    |    Joel Black Knives    |    Steve Meeks Ceramics    |    Halfkey Clothing    |    Bardot Living    |    Sin Eaters Illustrations

Drinks

Offa Cider    |    Method Coffee |   Chase Distillery

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Queues abounded on The Shack Revolution’s pop-up cocktail stall. Many of you will be familiar with brothers James & Rich Manning who started The Shack Revolution bar located in Bastion mews. Their farm-made boutique and bespoke bars pop up everywhere around the country from Weddings, corporate events and even Wembley Stadium and football clubs! They also provided some live acts via their Shackoustic Sundays spot attached to their drinks booth.

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Next time you’re on a night out in Hereford, visit their bar for pizza, beer or cocktails!

Coffee & Cafe stalls

The festival culminates into a Bohemian foray beginning with Makers Market stalls upon entry. Then as in a restaurant you are tempted with a starter: some nibbles (Goat’s cheese from Neal Yard’s Creamery?) and drinks from cider to cocktails. Finally you make your way through the leafy archway into the street food arena….

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Haystack seating

There’s plenty of seating for all the family from haystacks to sofas!

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Keg & Cork Bar

The outdoor dining areas had a wonderful communal feel and many visitors from outside our county had come over for Bank Holiday weekend.

I really wished I’d gotten The Chefs supper tickets at the Bookshop. Also I didn’t get around to staying on into the night so missed the music acts!

Food

Farmer Tom Jones    |    Noble & Wild    |    The Waffle Lion    |    The Bookshop    |    A Rule of Tum    |    Jake’s Cured Meats    |   The Beefy Boys    |    Neal Yard’s Creamery

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King Street Kitchen Team

As I have such a sweet tooth my first stop was at the King Street Kitchen stall where I purchased a salted pistachio brownie (made with coconut flour) and tried the gigantic chocolate, caramel and pretzel cake which was divine!

The Beefy Boys Stall

It was absolutely jam-packed and the unusually rainy weather couldn’t deter us from this gourmet gathering. All in all an excellently executed collection of music, food, fresh produce and creativity. It was a pleasure to be in attendance this year and I look forward to returning again next year!

Spectacular Wall of Flowers on display by The Great British Florist

How delightful are these flowers carefully arranged by The Great British Florist? This particular florist is based on a farm in the Duchy Estate in Herefordshire.

Did you know….

At the moment only 10% of the flowers sold in Britain are actually grown here. Please join us in our mission to change all that. Good for humans and fantastic for wildlife, British Flowers are fresh, scented, natural and sustainable… -The Great British Florist team

Show your support by buying your next lot of flowers at GreatBritishFlorist.co.uk

The team also facilitate The Great British Florist Flower School. From single workshops to a series of workshops you can dabble your green fingers in their courses!

Wall of flowers made by The Great British Florist

The article was originally posted on HerefordshireWriters.co.uk found here.

More photos of the Festival here.

Read more about Edwin Kirk, Jon Stead and Dorian Kirk on Herefordshire Live here.

For Full Listings of businesses, bars, cafes, makers, street food and live acts on show over weekend 27th-28th August 2016 visit HerefordIndieFood.com plus check out their magazine: Hereford Indie Food’s Magazine (Vol. 1) here.


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Food review: King Street Kitchen, Hereford

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This is a lovely café in Hereford. And with a sudden flurry of new eateries opening up in Hereford and having tried and tested a whole lot of food in this town and abroad over the years this is no light remark when I say this place is excellent. Usually the menu consists of a quiche and salad/lentils. There’s an assortment of quiche flavours from veggie to meat filled. The quiche is always good. I promise you that you cannot go wrong with this selection. Trust me when I say the food tastes as great as this photo above.

There’s a variety of cakes including a gluten-free option. Usually a Victoria sponge, coffee and walnut sponge cake and salted caramel brownies. They are delicious. I mean I will literally order both the walnut cake and brownie because I like it that much. Notably I shouldn’t these days as gluttony is something I need to work on :P. There’s a lot to choose from. In the Winter there is soup with granary or white bread. Past favourites being mushroom and chestnut to mushroom and tarragon oil soup. A word on the breads. When it is sliced bread granary is good but when I’ve had the granary baguette it seems more gritty. Some may mind others will not. Also in the Summer they sell ice cream!

There is also a take-away option. (Plastic cutlery and biodegradable plates provided.) I wasn’t joking when I said I have to have at least two cakes when I eat at King Street Kitchen (formerly known as Andy’s.)

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It took a very long time until I actually started visiting this coffee shop. During my days at Hereford Sixth Form I’d often intended to try this place but there was literally always a queue from counter to doorway. Now I understand why! Back then in between running up and down Aylestone hill and breaks between classes I never had the patience to queue-haha!

Nowadays there is also savory dishes such as sausages and the lasagna is amazing. I don’t eat pork so I have no idea what the sausages are like.

The only downside to the place is the size. However the upstairs floor is being renovated so more space will come! Sometimes and I suppose it happens in most places but the cake on the exposed part can be a little dry: the uncut side is fresh the other side that’s been cut into is dry.

On drinks I’ve only ever had the mocha and usually order a hot chocolate. Though I can recall a previous Christmas where they did a gingerbread latte type of drink and it was fabulous. They serve breakfasts, sandwiches, and hot dishes. A wonderful treat for all.

King Street Kitchen may well be the reigning King of Hereford eateries. 

Food review: Wok & Rice, Hereford

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I’ve been going to this Noodle & Rice Bar since Summer 2015 and I order the same dish every time: Egg noodle, Delhi sauce (chili, garlic and coriander) plus veg and Tiger prawns. It is a generous serving and delicious- I’m addicted. It is located on 57-59 Commercial Rd, Hereford HR1 2BP down the hill from the Sixth Form. Definitely recommended!

It is open 7 days a week from 12:00pm – 11:00pm

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Food review: The Burger Shop, Hereford

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Above is the Farmer Tom’s beef burger: Hereford Beef Patty, Mature Cheddar, Dill Pickles, Mustard Mayo, Ketchup, Baby Gem, Brioche. It sounds a good choice along with the rosemary salted chips it looks pretty good. The Burger shop at Aubrey street sells burgers only, its website looks fantastic its instagram page is chic but the beefy patty’s wasn’t as juicy as expected, but then it was my first ever visit. All in all worth a visit on the chilly Christmas Eve I went in to visit. It is under a brand called “A Rule of Tum.”

 

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Food review: Tandem Bakery, Hereford.

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Located on the high-street this newly opened café is a real treat! There was freshly baked brownies and coffee cake slices being topped up and a connoisseur array of coffee’s to chose from. Their hot chocolate’s are divine with a distinct flavour. Baguette’s (white or granary) richly filled with smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber; and uniquely flavoured side salads with a Moroccan twist depending what day of the week you pop. All in all highly recommended and a wonderful addition to Hereford’s high-street. Though I do hope in the winter months they enable the option of toasted Panini’s!

Tandem Bakery opened Tuesday 1st September and I visited it for the first time Thursday 3rd for a celebratory lunch because that was the publication date of my latest well-being guide: “How to cure Eczema naturally.”

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