Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2017

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The Speciality & Fine Food Fair has successfully come to a close for this year, however a large number of speciality food and drink producers are just starting on their road to success. The 18th annual trade show came back this year with a new look. The three day even offer the foodservice, retail, wholesale and hospitality buyers the opportunity to exhibit their delights to visitors.

The event took place at Olympia in London and visitors were able to explore a range of different artisan products. The exhibitors at the event included Cawston Press, Belvoir Fruit Farms, Brindisa, Burts Chips, Divine Chocolate, Dr Wills, Fairfield Farms, Van Strien, Snowdonia Cheese Company, Savoursmiths, Soda Folk, Vinegar Shed and many more. At the exhibition, buyers were able to discover and try the newest trends in speciality and fine foods on the market. This year the free-from market has remained strong, with a number of producers continuing to focus on this area of the market. Also the health and wellbeing market has seen a wide range of products at the Show, from functional teas, all natural condiments, free from nut butters, raw chocolate, chickpea crisps packed full of vitamin D and gourmet fruit lollies.

The Speciality & Fane Food Fair is the leading place to showcase and celebrate glorious food and drink from around the UK and beyond. The event was crammed with trade visitors including Waitrose, and Ocado, Whole Foods Market and Selfridges, as well as restaurants and hotels such as Claridge’s and Hakkasan Group. The food fair is a vital opportunity for producers to showcase their products to larger trade customers, as well as a great opportunity for buyers to meet the buyers and producers of the products they use.

With a range of cooking demonstrations as well as exhibition stands, roundtable discussions for practical business advice at the Scale Up workshops, the Speciality & Fine Food Fair offers a wide range of resources for buyers attending the Trade Show.

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Mindful Chef Collaborate with Zanna van Dijk

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Mindful Chef, the healthy recipe box subscription service has announced their first box collaboration of the year. On Friday the 22nd September the healthy meal service will be teaming up with Zanna van Dijk. Zanna is an Adidas global ambassador, personal trainer, blogger, vlogger and social media influencer. For four weeks Mindful Chef customers will be able to order and enjoy the delicious and nutrient packed vegan dishes that have been created by Zanna.

Named as one of the top five fitness bloggers on 2017, the co-founder of the #girlgains movement and recently featured on Marie Claire’s #MarieClaireVerified Influencer list, Zanna is well known for promoting healthy eating and lifestyles. This collaboration is ideal as Zanna and Mindful Chef share a compatible food ethos.

The co-founders of Mindful Chef, Myles & Giles share Zanna’s passion for fresh, delicious and nutrient packed meals that use whole foods. Mindful Chef also promotes the sourcing of ingredients from smaller producers. The meals that are delivered to customers in the recipe box take less than 30 minutes to prepare with minimal fuss and no need for specialist equipment.

On offer as part of Zanna’s collaboration is a selection of meals that demonstrate the blogger’s wide ranging tastes. The recipes include plant proteins and slow releasing carbohydrates as well as healthy fats. Mindful Chef usually promote the consumption of a healthy diet that includes a balance of meat, fish, fruit, pulses and vegetables, however the co-founders and Zanna have collaborated to promote more meat free, yet still balanced and healthy, meals for their customers to enjoy while protecting the environment.

The Zanna X Mindful Chef recipes include: Asian Peanut stir-fry with buckwheat noodles, Mexican Bean stuffed sweet potato; Mushroom Bolognese with brown rice; Spinach, tomato and chickpea curry. The recipes for these dishes will be available from Friday the 22nd September for delivery on Sunday the 1st October or Monday 2nd October.

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Hakkasan and StreetXO Executive Chefs Collaborate for Golden Week

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Chef Tong Chee Hwee, the Executive Chef of Hakkasan and Chef Dabiz Muñoz, the owner and Executive Chef of StreetXO in Mayfair will come together in order to celebrate the Chinese festival of Golden Week. The results of the collaboration will be available at Hakkasan.

In order to celebrate the Chinese festival of Golden Week, Hakkasan Hanway Place and Hakkasan Mayfair in London will be releasing a limited edition menu which will feature a range of brand new dishes that will demonstrate Chef Tong’s unique style with Chef Dabiz’s take on fine dining. The new dishes will deliver a unique dining experience that is not to be missed at Hakkasan. Inspiration has been taken from around the world hen crafting each of these dishes and the new menu will be a separation from the cuisine usually on offer at Hakkasan. Muñoz developed a strong reputation as a chef and has been referred to as the “enfant terrible of Spanish gastronomy”.

The new limited edition menu fuses Cantonese and Spanish influences that have been brought by the two chefs. As an example of this, one of the dishes on the menu offers a Spanish twist on a Cantonese classic: Tortilla dim sum with truffle and quail egg. As an inversion of this, one of Spain’s most famous dishes has been created in a unique Hakkasan style; Traditional Peking duck, with crunchy skin and juicy meat served with beetroot pancake, lychee and rose.

The talented pastry teams from Hakkasan and StreetXO have been working together in order to create a delicious Naranja Cheng dessert. Naranja means orange in both Cantonese and Spanish and this delicious dessert includes Spanish grapes to add extra sweetness.

The limited edition menu will be available from Hakkasan from the 25th September to the 22nd October in celebration of Golden Week.

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