It’s one thing to walk into a delicatessen and discover dozens of great products, olive oils, or spices. But going to the Speciality & Fine Food Fair
is a completely new level. It is a once-a-year trader-only event at London’s Olympia and is arguably the largest artisan food fair in the UK – if not beyond. And no, it’s not big. It’s absolutely gigantic!!!
Imagine over thousand stalls (literally!) over two floors here just to showcase their most amazing products, from local cheese and wine producers, to chocolate artists, to sauce makers, and so on. And the best part? It’s all there for you to taste!
So we spend a good couple of hours wandering around just like kids in Disneyland waiting to try the best out there, and here is a short selection of our favourite producers we discovered and love. You might notice a slight bias towards chocolate… sorry!
Hint: do scroll to the bottom to discover our favourites products and producers!
TRY: They specialise in several famous AOP
goat cheese, but absolutely do try their valençay
(in French) – a pyramid of nutty and subtle goatey goodness!
TRY: The Celery & Sea Salt Oaties to go with their cheese. Obviously!
TRY: The Hot Drinking Chocolate.
Stokes are the purveyors of the finest sauces you can think of. We always have their BBQ sauce in the fridge or a pot of their mayonnaise (chili/garlic). We empty them a little too fast…
TRY: Their BBQ sauces
. Actually, just go and buy any of their products – they’re all excellent!
TRY: Luxury Dessert Nougat
. Rich with almonds, pistachio, cherries, and a touch of rose water.
TRY: Their chocolate kits
. Very cool to understand a bit more about how to make chocolate.
TRY: The Earl Grey Chocolate.
TRY: All – so many exciting and surprising flavours. Gorgeous gift idea and such an original concept!
TRY: Mademoiselle Grey. Incredibly floral!
TRY: The Raspberry & Rosemary vinegar.
TRY: The baobab and vanilla truffles. Complex and so very satisfying!
TRY: The Tikka Tarka Masala
. Dried recipe kit to make your next restaurant-quality curry at home. Exploding flavours and much better than your average curry set!
TRY: Both the cold & hot smoked were equally delicious, yet so very different. The best part? You can find both on Ocado! Special award: best branding!
TRY: The amazing N’duja
spread. Full-bodied, spicy, delicious – so much decadence in such a little pot!
TRY: Any of their products, but don’t miss their amazing Idiazabal cheese
. Special mention for their unrivalled friendliness and hospitality!
TRY: Haggis Spice Chocolate
. Yes. So much better than it sounds: stunning flavour combination that works really well with chocolate.
TRY: Their Bacons
. All of them, especially the streaky and smokey! Definitely one of the best bacons we ever had, scrummy, juicy, all you can hope for in the best bacon.
TRY: The Smoked Halibut
obviously! Wow… Without a doubt, one of the best thing we ever ate! Ever.