The clock is ticking and there is now less than two weeks to go before the doors open at Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2016 - the UK's leading fine food and drink trade showcase. This year's 'feast-ival' will see more than 850 producers alongside buyers, Chefs and business owners celebrating the passion and the trend for great, authentic artisan food and drink. And there's much to savour.....
A Few Famous Faces
There will be a few familiar faces gracing the aisles during The Fair. Dragon’s Den success Levi Roots will be on the Burts Potato Chips stand on Tuesday September 6, between 11am and 1pm. Levi first brought his Jamaican flavour to Burts back in 2013 and is behind the producer's latest flavour - Levi Roots Caribbean Coconut Curry Groove Cut crisps.
Former pop star Gareth Gates will be at the Fair showcasing his new brand - Cuppanut. Cuppanut hit the shelves this spring and is a new and innovative hot coconut drink, dreamt up by Gareth in his kitchen!
The Art of Chocolate
Featuring more than 70 premium brands, Speciality Chocolate Fair is also becoming renowned for its stunning chocolate sculpture centrepieces.
Created by the Academy of Chocolate's Philippe Wall, this year's showstopper will be a Chocolate Asante Throne. It is chocolatier Philippe's fifth masterpiece and Philippe also features in Speciality Chocolate Live with a presentation entitled 'Cocoa's African Roots'.
To whet your appetite
Cawston Press - Stand 1452
Inspired by British flavours, Cawston Press are offering two new sparkling drinks - fruity Gooseberry and refreshing Cucumber & Mint. The only soft drink in a can to use pressed juice and no concentrates. Available in 300ml cans.
Tiggs - Stand 3750
Founded by farming brothers Jacob and Sam thanks to a secret dressing recipe from their Granny Tigg, these naturally colourful, all-purpose dressings are not just for salads, they can be used for marinades, dips and sauces too! From the Amazing Original to Original Beetroot.
Paxton & Whitfield - Stand 1920/d
Paxton & Whitfield are launching a new range of tasty cheese biscuits and delicious jams, preserves and honey. Choose from Charcoal Crackers, Cornish Buttermilk Biscuits, Rosemary Wafers and Poppy & Linseed Crackers and pair with Gooseberry & Elderflower Jam, Apple & Chilli Jelly or Honey flavoured with sea salt or walnuts.
There is no better place than Speciality & Fine Food Fair to tap into some wonderfully diverse products. We are really looking forward to the doors opening in 2016 - an exciting melting pot of innovation, talent and artisan ingenuity awaits!