Saturday, 21 May 2011
A festival for coffee lovers!
Alan, Miss P and I went to Bath to attend a Coffee Festival. I have been looking to buy an espresso machine and thought that it would be the perfect place to get some advice and find out more about the different options.
The event is taking place today and tomorrow at the Bath Recreation ground right next to the Bath Rugby Club.
As we entered, we were offered a bag with with various goodies in.
I was looking forward to seeing Taylerson's Malmesbury Syrups as it is through their facebook page that I found out about the coffee festival being on this weekend.
I attended this very interesting presentation from LavAzza on the history of coffee, the various types of coffees, coffee drinks and coffee makers. Miss P was not too interested in this so went to the children's area with Alan whilst I listened and learnt with interest. I have picked up some very useful tips!
Back to walking around the stalls
A selection of cakes and buns from the cheerful The Bath Bun stall
Get Cupcaked provided a selection of very imaginative cupcakes.
Fudge Kitchen had a fantastic selection of delicious fudge, unfortunately I forgot to go back for some before leaving.
It is not often that you can buy cakes which are wheat free and gluten free. When you do happen to see some for sale, they can often be quite bland and boring. However, Annette Blazier's stand was a real surprise and a treat. I chose an apple and strudel sponge cake, it was far from bland and boring. A resounding 10/10, really, really good! A very happy find. Although I do eat wheat, most of the time, I prefer to bake cakes and bread using spelt flour.
Alan enjoying the coffee wheat free and gluten free cake.
Teapigs were there too. I tasted the peppermint & licorice tea. So refreshing! They make very nice teas.
Charlotte Macey Textiles had pretty bags, cushions and gifts.
Plenty of chocolates, cakes and sweet treats to samples.
Polkadot Lane's stand was very eye catching with it's lovely blue and white handcrafted pottery. Several items have gone on to my wish list. I particularly like the heart dishes.
The biscotti Kitchen, I liked the way they presented their delicious biscottis.
Miss P took a shining to a little miniature lama made in Peru. On the way back home, she decided to name it "Coffee".
It was very nice to meet Mrs Stokes who provided a lovely vintage touch to the event with her selection of beautifully presented china.
Some of the goodies that I brought back. Coffee from Brian Wogan and syrups from Taylerson's Malmesbury Syrups. Brian Wogan were very helpful and provided me with a lot of useful information on the does and don'ts of buying an espresso machine, coffee grinders etc...I left there with a much clearer picture of which machine will suit our needs.
The festival is on from 21st to 22nd May, so you still have a chance to go tomorrow if are in the area.