Monday, May 21

Pickering and Malton

Yesterday was all about food. Firstly the most incredible B&B breakfast served up to me by my friend Emma at Eden House where I'm staying in Pickering. She insisted I sample it as she had paying guests staying and had to do all the prep for them anyhow.

She's gone to great lengths to find excellent local suppliers and the sausage and black pudding from a butcher across the road were meaty and tasty. The bread is made in a village a few miles away by an artisan baker using stoneground, unbleached flour. Great to have toast made of hand cut, flavoursome bread rather than the usual sliced, bland stuff.

Later we visited the Malton Food Lovers Festival a few miles away where we browsed (and grazed) many amazing local food makers, growers and producers. Far too many cake stalls for my liking (most of them of the heavily-frosted variety) but loads of good chutneys, oils, vinegars, sloe gins and other alcoholic delights, cheeses, chocs, and even a beer festival in the town hall. Definitely worth a look if you are in the area, an excellent showcase for Yorkshire produce!

Far too many cakes imo
..but lots of good chutneys!
The asparagus man
Cheese of many flavours
More cheese!
Pork pies with toppings
Alcohol and monks seem to go together
Beer festival
One of my purchases

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