After all the spice, I needed a drink and I purchased a flat white from by the entrance. It was mediocre at best, however, I had just spotted a mound of impressive looking Middle Eastern treats and I no longer cared about the coffee. I took home a selection of baklava. I was spoilt for choice, I went for the classic pistachio, walnut and a chocolate one too. The chocolate baklava was some of the best I have ever tasted. Rich chocolate and flaky filo pastry are an amazing combination. I'm glad I asked for two of those.
The traders tents felt like they went on forever, I was lost in food. After tasting a selection appetising cheeses, a not so appetising charcoal cheese, a little too much spicy naga sauce, and a delicately fragrant marmalade, I found the cheesecake. I love a zingy citrus bite, so I went with the lime cheesecake. The cheesecake was nice, but it went down far too easily. I wanted to buy more, but I had a lot to taste. The Cheesecake Emporium had a few really delicious flavours, I hope I see them again in the future.
I sat down in the sunshine with some fantastic chicken wings, the grill outside was one of the best stalls at the festival. Thick legs of lamb, maple belly pork and spicy chicken wings were all on offer. Not only that, but the theater of watching it all being cooked and prepared was worth queuing for alone. The wings were tender, really hot and had a level of spice which I think everyone could have enjoyed. I missed out on the rack of ribs, they sold out and it was easy to see why.
As the day was drawing to a close, I had one last look around the festival. I ended up purchasing some lemon and lavender marmalade, it was absolutely stunning and I've been eating it with Polish bread as I am writing this post. I also took home a raspberry and white chocolate meringue from Flower & White. I stocked up on my Darjeeling tea from Tempting Teas and finally, I made sure I got my oatcakes off the Sentinel. There was also a copy of Staffordshire Life Magazine, The Sentinel and the Staffordshire Newsletter in the bag.
I don't really have anything negative to say about the event, maybe there were too many bakers? I love baked goodies, but there were a couple of traders selling a similar products. It would have been great to have seen a local coffee roaster too. I really regretted not getting a smoked trout sandwich, the pulled fish looked and smelt amazing. Some South Asian cooking would be nice, something to add a bit more theater, like a Pad Thai or stir fry stall.
It's also worth giving credit to the ground staff, the team managed the mud and mess very well, especially after Saturday's deluge. Once again, thanks for everything, it's been a brilliant week and I'm already looking forward to next year's event.
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