For a while we were contemplating the idea of a hamper for Christmas and whilst they undoubtedly a joy to receive, they aren’t necessarily the best value for money, but obviously that isn’t really the point.
Then we struck upon the idea of creating our very own selection of festive goodies from locally sourced produce and what better place to start we thought than the Tunstall Village Food Festival.
Not entirely sure whether this is new or has been going for years, but we had certainly not attended before, so with the aim to beat the crowds we set off for the start.
This was a real treat and exactly what we were looking for, with stalls selling all manner of food and drinks.
Simply Fruit Cakes - 01227 722437
Who could resist the wonderful selection of fruit Cakes by Sarah Belcham-Smith of Simply Fruit Cakes, so first item bagged was a Branded Apricot Fruit Cake.
Next up some Sweet Red Onion Marmalade from Kent Fine Foods
Matthew Kearsey-Lawson head chef and owner of Kent Fine Foods 01634 233270
Moving along to the next stall we found an interesting bottle of Very Berry Vodka among the Vodka, Gin and Rum drinks by Nip from the Hip
Nip from the Hip 01622 809549 David Wilding
You can’t have Christmas without some Cheese so we bagged some Canterbury Cobble from Ashmore Cheese by Cheesemakers of Canterbury, although sadly that didn’t last long, as we’ve already devoured a fair portion of this.
Julie White and Dave Pullen 01227 751741
Feeling adventurous, then you have to try something from Sittingbourne’s very own John Anthony McLauhlin who trades as John’s Kitchen, so a jar of Pickled Chilli Onions went in the bag followed by Fruicohol Dates in Rum.
John's Kitchen 07504 555970
Yes I’ll have to let you know if we survive the latter.
Mad Cat Brewery 07960 263615
We also picked up a bottle of Golden India Pale Ale from the Mad Cat Brewery in Faversham
We also found a selection of Jellies and Marmalade from Potash Farm 01732 882 734
Susan Williams of The Harbourne Vineyard
A delightful collection of handmade wines produced in Kent by The Harbourne Vineyard a small family owned vineyard just outside of Tenterden 01797 270 420
Pat Cole and Ray Forward
And last but certainly not least local lads Pate Cole and Ray Forward of Applegate Farm Butchers who were cooking up business with some sizzling sausages 01795 842006.