Monday, October 13, 2008

a taste of kent

The last weekend in September was a bright and sunny one here in Canterbury.

It was perfect timing for Eurofest, a festival and market held right near our house, designed to celebrate regional foods from here in Kent, and farther afield in France and Italy.

It was a great opportunity for Daiku and me to become more familiar with some of the goodies grown and made right in our backyard.

Such as chutneys made from local fruits and spirits. Plum chutney with English rosé wine? Yum.

Some fine Kentish beer made with some fine Kentish hops.

this beautiful locally-grown russet apple. (a little taste of home and apple picking!)

along with some other local produce: pears and bramley apples. 

from abroad, we had delicious and colorful produce from France, such as these blood-red tomatoes,

these plums, fresh of the tree with their bloom as proof,

artichokes the size of my head, 

bunches and bunches of lavender (I've loved learning the subtle scent differences between English and French lavender),

possibly some of the best marinated olives and mushrooms I've ever tasted (including "pistou" olives marinated in basil and garlic- yum!

a range of mustards that would make even the most hard-core mustard lover swoon, and nuts and dried fruit as far as the eye can see. It has been really fun getting to know our local landscape, and getting to try out all the wonderful produce that is grown here in Kent and all of the yummy foods prepared with it as well.



VeggieGirl said...

What a FABULOUS festival/market!! Those picked walnuts are quite intriguing; and I'm soooooo jealous of all the plums (and all of the other tantalizing foods)!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome finds, Bazu! What a great fest. I love local markets so much.

Bex said...

those are some awesome piles of local goodies. I love that local pretty much does include France in that area.

sweetpotato said...

Woah! This post is full of my dreamland.

Carrie™ said...

Wow! All of that looks so delciously wonderful. I'm with you on that plum chutney. Yum!

Anonymous said...

Those artichokes look amazing! Wow!


sarah said...

god, bazu, why am i not there travelling and eating good food with you?

aaand i promise i will get you more berlin infos when i'm not right in the middle of hellweek.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, how fun! Keep telling us about British apples, please!

tofufreak said...

WOW! that looks like so much fun!

i'm loving the different kinds of mustards :D

aTxVegn said...

You're in produce heaven. How fun discovering so many different new foods.

Kelly said...

Beautiful pictures. It looks like it was quite the fun event with so many tasty things to try.

VeganCowGirl said...

Looks like it was a great time! Plum chutney...yes please!

Kati said...

All the food looks so fresh and vibrant...right down to the hops! That lavender looks so pretty and rustic.

B36Kitchen said...

What an awesome looking festival/market/whatever it was! I wish I could have seen that table full of different mustards!