Barely a 30 minute train ride away from London, St Albans City closed an entire street this Sunday Oct 3rd to welcome the annual St Albans and Harpenden Food & Drink Festival.
Showcasing the best of food and drinks available throughout the District, St. Peter’s Street was transformed into a gourmand’s paradise under a delightful blue sky. I strolled down, nibbling on steak au poivre hors d’oeuvres, savoury tarts and sampling the impressive array of beers and wines.
Ethnic food from the Caribbean, Indonesia, and even Cyprus tempted the crowds, while Chef demonstrations and mini cookery courses were available to those who signed up.
I was sold on a classic: macchiato and the creamiest gluten-free chocolate brownie known to men – courtesy of The Pudding Stop’s “Mobile Pud”. Because not all superheroes wear capes. Some wear barista aprons and roll in a van.
Meet the creatives dictating the look and flavours behind food and drinks you mindlessly purchase and consume on-the-go.
London’s the innovative centre of all things take-away and food-to-go. At least that’s my conclusion after spending Sept 21-22 at LUNCH inside the Business Design Centre.
As a start-up superfood company owner, I was in dire need of innovation and differentiation in this cutting edge world. But instead, I left the trade show wanting to open 50 different new businesses all inspired by the tools, equipment, and concepts I witnessed at LUNCH. Distracting? Yes. Regrets? Zero. My head is still buzzing.
Among my favourites:
Mighty Bee’s Coconut Jerky – a vegan take on jerky served in three flavours: Spicy BBQ, Teriyaki, and Chocolate Hazelnut (codeword: Nutella)
Pop-up cook space: A design team willing to make all your Instagram dreams come true. This company creates pop-up cooking spaces for chef demos, cooking shows, corporate team building sessions, or just bloggers wanting a more posh feel to their demos (the possibilities are endless).
Hippeas: The most delicious feel-good/taste-good organic chickpea puffs currently on the market. And thank your lucky stars, they’ve just signed with Starbucks. Looking at you America.