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Broadstairs Food Festival

The sun was hot on my legs while I sat eating my falafel picnic box by the bandstand. It was difficult to believe it was October, but here is the Broadstairs Food Festival again so it must be.

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I'm really noticing packaging more these days so I appreciated the way my picnic was packed in a brown waxed cardboard box. Inside there was a little plastic pot of hummus and another of spicy tomato sauce to accompany five falafels, green salad and red cabbage coleslaw and a bag of crispy fried pastry - all home made and only costing £5 - excellent value.

There were so many good quality food stalls, mostly members of Produced in Kent (www.producedinkent.co.uk) that it would be difficult to list them all but you could buy almost anything from local cheeses, game, pies and cakes to alcoholic beverages of all kinds.  I really appreciate it when Bessie the Caravan is present at an event because of the lovely green tea and cakes. I learned how to make loose tea into teabags and admired the tiny kilner jars used to display the different kinds of tea.

One of my reasons for going yesterday was to watch Charlie from the Marquis at Alkham doing his chef demonstration.

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He produced an amazingly bold menu in such a short time and using all local produce. Duck with wild cabbage, roasted turnip, a fried grated potato mix with blue cheese and onions, and a wonderful sauce with his own elderberry jelly. The pudding was a souffle of apple and cobnuts which came out of the oven impressively perfect.

Weren't we lucky that the sun came out!

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Spend 10% on Kent produce

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The idea behind 10% Kent  is simple 
Keeping the benefits of the money you spend in the county we live in!

 

Produced in Kent has a plan to support us local food producers. It's called 10%. The idea is that we hope you will think about buying local food and drink every time you go shopping. We don't expect you to buy everyting local but if you make it even 10% it will make a huge difference to the local economy. Produced in Kent has an online directory of local producers on their website and publishes Kent's Finest. One place to find local produce is farmers' markets or online ordering / veg box schemes. In some big retailers uyou will find Kent labels on food. Can you use your local butcher / greengrocer / baker more? How about checking the menus when you are eating out and ask for local food? Look for the Produced in Kent logo

 

 Some useful facts from the Produced in Kent website:

 

Every £1 spent locally generates £1.76 for the local economy compared to just 36p when spent in a major retailer*.

 

The average family spends £54.80 a week on food and non-alcoholic drinks **

 

If an average family spent £55 a week on food & drink and they switched just 10% of this to local suppliers, that would lead to an estimated extra £1.75M a year being spent in Kent ***

 

*New Economics Foundation
** Office for National Statistics 2012 Household Expenditure
*** based on Kents 2011 census figures 1,466,500 population, average household of 2.37 persons equates to 618,776 households.

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