The ever popular Colchester Food and Drink Festival returned to Castle Park last weekend, packed with hoards of hungry Colcestrians, keen to try the delights on offer from a variety of local businesses.
We were among those crowds, looking for treats to tempt us and tempted we most certainly were, having stumbled across a business we had been hearing loads about on social media, the Norwegian Bakers.
The Norwegian Bakers incorporate vegan ingredients (though they are not an exclusively vegan baker) within their baking to produce a delightful array of cakes and breads. We got rather excited and picked up a selection of their Sunshine Buns, in fact we went back for more, so moreish were they!
If the photos have tempted you to hunt the Norwegian Bakers out, they can be found at their regular pitch at the Marks Tey boot sale on a Wednesday.
Before our cakes though, we thought it best to have a proper lunch and on our wandering, we encountered an old Bedford ambulance, hosting Mac st Kitchen offering a healthy dose of mac and cheese to its patients. I opted for the "Bringing Sexy Mac" which was dotted with mushrooms and truffle oil and Mr S munched his way through "Hot Piggy Mac" featuring bacon and jalapenos, all complemented by the cup of cider we located in the food tent.
We are always on the lookout for unique products to stock our store cupboard and to cater for Mr S's love of chilli. Every year, we take time to pop by the East Coast Chilli Co stall to stock up on their selection of table sauces and we walked away with quite an offering for the bargain price of £12 for 3 sauces.
Still on the hunt for something for our Sunday tea, we visited a firm Colchester favourite on St John's Street, The Nourish Co to stock up on their Mushroom and Lentil SOS roll, which satisfies even the biggest of meat eaters with its savoury yumminess.
As always there was plenty on offer from gin palaces to wild meat burgers from another Colchester Life favourite on Eld Land, Wild at Spirit. You would really need both days there to enjoy all of the variety on offer, and even then you may struggle to make a dent - but it's fun trying!