CHESTER-BASED Grosvenor garden centre celebrated tasty produce from the region at its successful Real Food Festival last weekend.
Supporting the wonderful variety of produce from Cheshire and North Wales, Grosvenor offered visitors the chance to talk to local food producers and sample a selection of food.
Exhibitors included Alison’s homemade range of jams, chutneys, cakes and confectionery, fresh lamb and black beef reared and produced by Elwy Valley, handmade pies and pasties from Orchard Pigs and Dalewood Fine Foods, puddings and cheesecakes from The Pudding Compartment, together with organic eggs, fresh summer fruits and coulis, Snowdonia cheeses and fresh breads and cakes from Chester bakery P & A Davies.
“For small producers like myself, an event such as Grosvenor’s Real Food Festival offers the perfect chance to meet and inform visitors about our businesses – how our breeds are reared and the careful processes involved in taking the meat from the farm to the plate, particularly as everyone is now becoming more interested in where their food comes from,” said Daphne Tilley of Elwy Valley.
And Grosvenor’s chefs cooked up a storm on the barbecue with a selection of tasty beef and lamb burgers and sausages.
“With our first Real Food Festival proving immensely popular with visitors this weekend we will definitely be hosting further festivals in the future. We were delighted with the response from both customers and producers alike and it has proved a highly successful event,” said managing director Iain Wylie.
Grosvenor’s monthly Farmers’ Markets are held on the second Friday of every month from 10am to 3pm with the chance to meet further local producers and growers.