Mapledurham House and Watermill is a short drive out of Reading (towards Cane End and the stunning surroundings of the Oxfordshire countryside) and this weekend they are playing host to the annual Love Food Festival. This morning we ventured out early to go and have a good mooch around all the stalls. The backdrop of the house and grounds is beautiful, tranquil and located just on the edge of the Thames.
The food stalls offered a fantastic variety from cheese to churros to champagne! We worked our way round and sampled scrumptious cheese, juicy olives and tasty sausages. I can highly recommend Blacks Cheese http://www.blackscheese.co.uk we opted for the ‘Old Smokey Redwood’, ‘Little Winker Ale and Mustard’ and ‘Smoky Peppadew and Garlic’. I am so looking forward to getting creative in the kitchen and including them in some salads and pasta dishes, if they aren’t gobbled up on crackers beforehand! We also took home some sausages from Natural Game http://www.naturalgame.co.uk who stock the most exotic range of meats I have ever come across. We choose the ‘BBQ Jack Daniels’, ‘Venison’ and ‘Stilton and Spring Onion’.
The sweet treats available were also outstanding with macaroons, cupcakes and ice cream available.
Inside the tents are also a variety of craft stalls including an enchanting company who offer silver jewellery made from antique items. I fell in love with the bangle made from a silver fork, so unusual and so beautiful.
The Mapledurham Love Food Festival is running tomorrow from 10am-5pm, would highly recommend a trip. Enjoy!
Read and see more about The Mapledurham Food Festival here: http://www.mapledurhamfestival.co.uk