Food photography is not always about staying in the studio doing shoots creating dishes for clients. I enjoyed getting out yesterday to the Bolsover Food Fair to meet some great artisan producers. I captured not just the food but the passion and commitment of what it takes to make these businesses a success. It was a real shame about the weather, we have had some of the hottest days where I’ve been melting in the studio this week, then typically it was raining so on with the waterproofs and I was very grateful my camera is weather sealed. Good old British weather for you only seems to rain at the weekends.
What a great selection of stalls to peruse, from cheeses, pies, olives, the tastiest huge onion bhajis and loads of coffee stalls keeping up the caffeine levels. It was great getting to talk to some of the stallholders and finding out why they create some of the fantastic offerings available. The chilli sauce from Fula Flavour was divine, I even bought a few for the cupboard back home. If hot food was your thing, you had options off so many different producers. The hardest part was the decision of what you would want to eat. From fresh paella, gyros, curries, kebabs and then pizza’s cooked in a wood-oven, it was almost too much choice. The best option was to probably go with a crowd and get to taste a bit of everybody’s food. The guys over at Rack produced some amazing halloumi fries with chilli sauce, mint sauce with a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds. The sweet tooth options were endless. Cookies, brownies, cakes and an endless choice of filled doughnuts. I was always a sucker for a custard doughnut myself, but you could pretty much get whatever flavour floats your boat. The bars were selling a range of drinks from mead to prosecco & gin cocktails. Ale was being poured by the Beermat Brewing Co with a selection of IPA’s. If cider was your thing then the Mad Hatters were in residence serving up a fizzy version called the Farting Dog. If the weather had put a bit of dampener on the party mood you also had the option of buying different gin or vodka liquors from a variety of different sellers to take home and enjoy another day. A bonus of 2 days of live music to accompany all the wonderful grazing ensured a fabulous day to be enjoyed by all ages.