Lichfield Garrick’s free Food Studio
Published on Friday, 17th August 2012
From luxury liqueurs and fine tea, to fudge and farm shop goodies, there will be a great range of delicacies on display in the Food Studio
The Food Studio, featuring around 20 food producers, will open its doors when Lichfield Food Festival takes over the city this September.
Entry into the Food Studio is free, and it will be open between 10am and 5pm on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September 2012.
Festival-goers can taste and buy from a varied range of local food specialists, featuring: Prima Oliva, Vanilla Chef, MKS Food Distribution, Mums Spaghetti, Delhi 6, Riverford Organic Farms and Packington Moor.
A varied range of drinks producers will also be represented, including The Fine Tea Company, Lichfield Bower Ales, Celtic Marches Beverages and Quartz Brewing.
For those with a sweet tooth, there will be plenty on offer with stalls by the Ultimate Fudge Outlet, Coco Meli Cakes & Pastries, Hindleys Bakers, Mrs Stevens Cakes and The Little Round Cake Company.
On top of the tempting food, The Kitchen Shop will be displaying a choice range of its kitchen ware, utensils and gadgets for the enthusiastic home cook.
A highlight of Food Studio will be a range of breathtaking sculptures made out of sugar and margarine.
Local private caterer, Simon Smith, will be unveiling two margarine sculptures and a bird of paradise melon sculpture that he is creating specially for Lichfield Food Festival. He said: "I'm finishing off my first sculpture of two impala deer, and then I will get started on the eagle, which is a block of margarine at the moment so I've got plenty to do. These kinds of sculptures are rarely seen outside London, so the Food Studio will be a good chance to take a look at them, while browsing the food stalls. It's really exciting to get so many quality food producers together in Lichfield, so make sure you come and take a look."
Helen Westwood of Lichfield's Sugar Surgeons will be displaying beautifully decorated celebratory cakes and Scott O'Hara will be presenting masterpieces sculpted out of sugar.
To see the full line-up of stall holders, the festival programme of events and to enter the Jubilee Cake Competition, please visit http://www.lichfieldfood.co.uk/
Lichfield Food Festival is organised by the Lichfield Garrick and Lichfield District Council - with the help of local chef, Simon Smith, Lichfield City Council and Lichfield Arts.
Food Studio exhibitors
The Fine Tea Company offers a wide range of specialty loose tea from all over the world via an online tea shop.
Hindleys Bakers run a traditional bakery in the centre of historic Lichfield.
Ultimate Fudge Outlet is a small family business based in Cheshire. All the fudge is homemade using high quality ingredients.
Vanilla Chef supply the finest ingredients brought to you direct from the world famous Rungis Market in Paris.
Lichfield Bower Ales offers flavourful beers. http://www.lichfieldbower.co.uk/
Coco Meli Cakes & Pastries has a kitchen based in Lichfield. It supplies local good food establishments with patisserie and breads, and corporate clients with canapés and mini patisserie for business receptions and exclusive fashion events. http://www.cocomelibakery.co.uk/
Celtic Marches produce high quality liqueurs and spirits with unique innovative eye catching packaging. Each bottle is hand finished in wax by a head waxer. http://www.celticmarches.com/
Mrs Stevens Cakes supplies creative celebration cakes for any occasion. There is something for any celebration - wedding cakes, birthday cakes, christening cakes, party cakes, wedding favour cup cakes, shortbread and gift bags of fudge. http://www.mrsstevenscakes.co.uk/
Quartz Brewing crafts a small range of distinctive beers from a master brewer's recipes. Its microbrewery is based at Kings Bromley. http://www.quartzbrewing.co.uk/
Prima Oliva offers a small variety of organic products and specialise in Extra Virgin Arbequina Olive Oil
MKS Food Distribution provides healthy products (nuts, dried fruits, and olives) as well as delicious sweets (confectioneries, Turkish delight, and Baklava). http://www.mksfooddistribution.com/
The Little Round Cake Company offers a range of hand finished little round cakes, individual mini layer cakes, rich chocolate brownies, tarts with rich ganaches and sauces and more. http://www.thelittleroundcakecompany.co.uk/
Mums Spaghetti help parents prepare simple, homemade and tasty meals for the whole family to enjoy, including baby.
Sugar Surgeons is a specialist supplier of cakes and cake decoration materials in Lichfield. http://www.sugarsurgeons.co.uk/
Simon Smith is a local private caterer who also specialises in margarine sculpture.
The Kitchen Shop, based on Market Street in Lichfield, is celebrating 30 years in business this year. It offers fine cookware ranges, kitchen gadgets, utensils and more. http://www.thekitchenshoplichfield.co.uk/
Delhi 6 is based in Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield. It is a family-run restaurant, offering excellent Indian cuisine. http://www.delhi6restaurant.co.uk/
Scott O'Hara Sugar Sculptures are a work of art and include centrepieces, occasion cakes, plaques and models. http://www.scottohara.co.uk/
Riverford Organic Farms supply superior organic food including vegetable boxes, meat, cheese, drinks and more. www.riverford.co.uk/sacrewell
Packington Moor specialise in producing food at its very best: fresh and in season. Their meat is all free range and from their own neighbouring livestock farms. Their fruit and vegetables are home-grown and local wherever possible. Their cooks and chefs make a range of produce including pastries, bread, and cakes, terrines, pates and home cooked meats. http://www.packingtonmoor-farmshop.co.uk/
Vineyard in the Sky
Worth Brothers Wine Merchants will be based in The Lichfield Garrick Green Room Bar throughout the festival weekend. http://www.worthbrothers.co.uk/