Food glorious food at MK Feast
February 20, 2016
From where I was standing, the first MK Feast at Bradwell Abbey was a roaring success. Organised by MK Food Revolution - the brainchild of Franzi Florack - the feast brought together some of MK's best food producers. From cider to jam, cakes to samosas, it was truly a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds.
I met some wonderful producers at today's event and was so pleased to see how the city's food scene has grown and grown. When I first moved to Milton Keynes in 2002, there were few truly independent and artisan food companies, but over the past few years this has changed.
Among the producers I met today was Laurence Conisbee, of Virtual Orchard, based in Old Wolverton. They produce their own cider, apple brandy and mead and have launched Wharf Distillery, which makes whiskey, chocolate orange liqueur and will soon branch out into vodka and limoncello (can't wait for that!) The enthusiasm which they showed for their products was brilliant and they are definitely going far. The company has set up a crowdfunding site to help them create their brand and purchase a second still. Check out their crowdfunding page here.
Also on the scene was Jam Moo Kow, which makes jams, chutneys and preserves and Bourton Farmed Foods, which is based near my old stomping ground of Buckingham. They are farmers who have branched out into rare breeds and had plenty of lamb and pork products available to purchase.
There was also a variety of hot food outside including lamb samosas, chicken jalfrezi and vegetable pakoras from Saf's Kitchen, based in Wolverton and pulled pork and sausages from Urban Grilla, which were all doing a roaring trade. The smells were mouthwatering and I could have quite happily eaten from every stall.
MK Feast was a fantastic opportunity for the city's food and drink crafters to show off what they have to offer and for the people to MK to broaden their horizons and taste some truly wonderful food. Long may it continue. I look forward to next year's event.
Find out more about MK Food Revolution on their website at www.mkfoodrevolution.org/. Check out some of the pictures I posted on Instagram and the websites of some of the members of MK's burgeoning food scene!