Cooks, shops and producers from across the UK are celebrating after making the final shortlist for this year’s hotly contested BBC Food and Farming Awards. And flying the flag for the North East are Northumberland’s Hepple Gin and Newcastle-based research chef, Sam Storey. The region has a proud history in the awards, launched at the turn of the millennium to highlight farmers, shopkeepers, cooks, producers and campaigners – those who, while working mostly under the radar, are helping to change the face of Britain for the better through the medium of good food. Three years ago, the team behind Wooler-based cheese and ice cream makers, Doddington Dairy, beat off stiff competition from national brands to win the Best Food Producer accolade at the awards run by BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme. The win for the Maxwell family, which has run the venture in the shadow of the Cheviots for more than 20 years, helped put the national spotlight on Northumberland and went … [Read more...] about Who is flying the flag for the region at the BBC Food and Farming Awards? Find out here
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We have become a nation obsessed with pop-up food and drink stalls. So it‘s no surprise that food festivals are on the up. And foodies have got a lot to look forward to over the next few months as there are a few festivals set to take place in the East Midlands. Here's our pick of six of the best ones to munch your way round. Leicester Vegan Festival The city's biggest vegan festival boasts more than 80 stalls, selling food and natural,beauty products. There will also be talks and cooking demonstrations. When is it? April 21, from 10.30am to 4.30pm Where? Athena, Queen Street, Leicester, LE1 1Q Tickets £3 entry on the day on the door (under 16s go free). You can also buy a £15 VIP ticket to include fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers from here . More information https://www.facebook.com/LeicesterVeganFestival/ Derby Vegan Market There will be over 60 stalls selling a wide range of vegan goods, clothes and … [Read more...] about Six of the best food festivals in the East Midlands
Think of festivals and you may conjure up images of mud, wellies and half-mile queues for a chemical toilet. So, why not try ditching the music and choosing something a little tastier? Food festivals are growing in popularity and there are a few of these events set to take place in the East Midlands in the coming months. Here‘s our pick of six of the best ones to get your teeth into. Leicester Vegan Festival The city's biggest vegan festival boasts more than 80 stalls, selling food and natural,beauty products. There will also be talks and cooking demonstrations. When is it? April 21, from 10.30am to 4.30pm Where? Athena, Queen Street, Leicester, LE1 1Q Tickets £3 entry on the day on the door (under 16s go free). You can also buy a £15 VIP ticket to include fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers from here . More information https://www.facebook.com/LeicesterVeganFestival/ Derby Vegan Market There will be over … [Read more...] about Six of the best food festivals in and around Leicester this spring
When you think of festivals, you normally conjure up images of mud and wellies, right? But we beg to differ. With the nation's growing obsession around pop up food spots, food festivals are getting bigger and better each year, with new ones popping up all the time. On the whole they're more munch than mud, and each food festival has something different to offer avid foodies - there's literally a food festival for everyone. Some like The Big Feastival come with the added bonus of live bands and entertainment, while others like Taste of London concentrating solely on the grub. We've put together a huge list of our favourite food festivals around the country, so you can find the best one near you. Midlands Big Feastival, Cotswolds The Big Feastival is the brain child of Blur bassist, Alex James. So you can expect a festival curated by this music mad foodie to be pretty good. This year's acts and names are still to be announced but if last year was anything to go by you're in for a treat. … [Read more...] about Our picks of the best food festivals across the UK and nearest to you
Amy Brown, Swansea University Many parents will feel a twinge of concern if their five-year-old can’t sleep without his dummy or their teenager refuses to throw out the tattered blanket she’s had since she was a baby. The topic of comfort objects is hotly debated, with some arguing that the attachment to objects from babyhood is childish, unnecessary or even harmful. So when should you worry about your child’s reliance on comfort items? And how can you encourage them to let go? The truth is that even adults have attachment objects. How many get comfort from a favourite jumper? Or hoard treasured objects from loved ones without second thought? After all, a third of adults admit they can’t bear to part with their own moth-eaten childhood toy. A need for comfort is part of being human, and comfort objects remind us of feeling calm, secure and loved. Babies are born wanting to be held close. They spend months cuddled and swayed, knowing someone will help soothe … [Read more...] about When should you worry about your child’s attachment to comfort items?