|Me on the far left enjoying my espresso martini with Nick from Tails taking centre stage|
|Me with my espresso martini again|
The next stop was to visit Danilo Manco to taste extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The oils ranged from fresh young and grassy to bolder flavours including a basil flavoured oil which would go perfectly with a fresh tomato and mozarella salad. The balsamic vingegars were a revelation, such complex flavours. The white balsamic vinegar pictured below was sweet yet light. I also tried a mint flavoured vinegar which I could just imagine serving with roast lamb or drizzled over new potatoes. Finally we were offered a drop from a tiny corked bottle of aged vinegar that was thick and syrupy. It reminded me of black treacle and rich dark fruit cake, this one would have worked well with a good vanilla ice cream.
Chase Distillery stand. Founded by the same family behind Tyrell's Crisps, the vodka is produced from potatoes grown on their farm, this makes it the only British potato vodka on the market. From this base they have created a range of flavours including a fruity rhubarb vodka and a marmalade vodka. Also a fantastic gin created from the potato vodka, apple vodka and a selection of 11 botanical ingredients to create a sharp yet fruity flavour.
|Vodka and pretty pink rhubarb vodka|
Thank you to Achica to inviting me to the festival, introducing me to new brands and bloggers and also for providing some of the photos for this post. As always all opinions are my own.