Festive feasting: MK Christmas Feast
December 15, 2016
What Christmas preparation wouldn't be complete without a visit to a showcase of everything that is good to eat about Milton Keynes?
On Sunday, MK Food Revolution held its Christmas Feast, featuring a vast array of local goodies, from chocolates to cheese and beer to brownies.
Bradwell Abbey yet again provided the backdrop for the event, which has seen some favourites return as well as some new faces. The place was packed with the courtyard full of caravans, vans and stalls selling hot food and other treats including regulars Good Times Cafe and Urban Grilla as well as Clucking Oinks and the Cream Teas Company.
A nice little seating area of straw bales was set up and there was live entertainment, both of which were a welcome addition, allowing you to actually take the time to enjoy your food instead of eating on the hoof.
For the foodie in your life, there was no shortage of things to buy, whether they like something sweet, savoury or of the alcoholic persuasion. Walking through the door of the barn, there was a distinct odour of cheese from Buckingham-based Open Air Foods with everything from a sharp cheddar to a soft blue vein. I enjoyed a sample of its goat's cheese, which had a soft and gentle flavour (in other words, less goaty) while I took home a portion of its unpasteurised cheddar. Can't wait to tuck into that (with some crackers and homemade chutney, naturally).
My friend, The Chocolate Mill MK was also doing a roaring trade of its Christmas boxes while also proving popular was Peony's Bakes, with her delicious looking cupcakes (they tasted great too). If you didn't just want food, local jeweller Pearls, Pearls, Pearls by Tabs was there with some of her steampunk inspired jewellery as well as The Outhouse with some of their festive wooden products.
For the thirsty among us, MK Biergarten was serving mulled wine and selling some of their beers in gift boxes.
All in all, it was great to see this event continue to grow, attract more people and stallholders and spread the word about what Milton Keynes has to offer.