I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to write a blog post on Siesta Fiesta, a small food festival at Childerely in Cambridgeshire! So on Sunday, after a quick coffee and a croissant, my sister Gussie and I jumped in the car and headed North on the A1 for our foodie adventure
Siesta Fiesta is a celebration of local food and wine, with a Spanish theme running throughout. Set in the grounds of the most beautiful Tudor house, there were so many stalls to visit! It wasn’t long before Gusta and I made ourselves at home…
My car on the left, Gusta’s on the right…life can be so unfair!
Tim Hayward, author of the inspiring cook book Food DIY, hosted two incredible demonstrations on the day. The first demo showed us how to cook a whole sheep over an asado, in the traditional South American way. This was slow cooking at its most authentic. He positioned the meat so that the thickest parts were exposed to more heat, ensuring the lamb cooked evenly. He continued to season it throughout the day with salty water to really pack in the flavour. (If you are squeamish look away…)
Next he showed us how to cold smoke a side of salmon. This is a much cheaper, tastier alternative to the supermarket stuff. He even made his own smoker using a chimney flute from Homebase, some sawdust and a ProQ. If this style of cooking gets you excited… then Tim’s book is a must!
We then went off to explore the gardens to work up a bit of an appetite.
After strolling through the gardens, we braced ourselves and hit the food stalls. Gusta and I ate everything in sight so look away now if you are reading this hungry! To start with we tucked into these Taiwanese buns by Guerrilla Kitchen which were unbelievable. We opted for the classic pork belly and also the grilled chicken with jalapeños. We also grabbed some of their incredible sweet potato fries with peanut sauce.
We gazed in wonder as the boys at Steak and Honour produced these bad ass burgers…
…Before getting stuck in to the pizzas by Fired Up which were a hot, spicy delight.
I got involved in the competition to design the prettiest plate of tapas…
…And dabbled with this Cava drinking apparatus (only water for me sadly as I was driving home!)
This jamon at the Pata Negra stall was quite sensational and we couldn’t pass the opportunity to try a slither.
As the afternoon approached we opted to take part in the New Spanish Wines tasting, hosted by Cambridge Wine Merchants. The rose was a Centelleo Tempranillo Rosado 2013 Vino de La Tierra de Castillo. Quite a lot darker than what I usually look for in a rose, but it took me by surprise as it was nice and dry and, served freezing cold, was really delicious. The middle red was the La Garnacha Olvidada de Aragon 2011 Calatayud Vintae and the final wine, which was our favourite, was a Bioca Mencia 2012 Bodega Mana Teresa Numez Vega. Coupled with a little slice of chorizo, it was a really rich and chocolatey red.
We ended up at the Churros Bar, where we gorged on the most delicious churros (essentially a Spanish doughnut) with a salted caramel dipping sauce. Very naughty. Very nice.
Finally, after quenching our thirst with some delicious sangria from the girls at The Spirited Mare (a virgin for me) we turned on our heel to head back to London.
All in all we had the most wonderful day and can’t wait to visit again next year. Thanks for having us Siesta Fiesta.