Buckeyes

May 27th, 2013

Buckeyes

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Ohio, where the Nelsonville Music Festival takes place, is known as the Buckeye State for the markings of the nut of this Ohio tree which resemble the eye of a buck.

A lovely confectionary take on this is Buckeye Candy, a combination of chocolate and peanut butter that is formed into an edible version of the real thing. We think Wilco, this year’s festival headliner, would approve!

- Ana Maria Harkins

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Chicken Pie

May 20th, 2013

Chicken Pie

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Love Saves the Day Festival takes place in the heart of Bristol at Castle Park, a breath of fresh air amidst the hustle and bustle of Broadmead. The ruins of a church and an herb garden next to it, coupled with the flow of the river running through the park completes the picture.

During the week you’ll see crowds of office workers escaping their desks to enjoy the fresh air, and chances are you’ll see them with a treat from one of Bristol’s favorite eateries, Pieminister. With two establishments in downtown Bristol and numerous food truck outposts at festivals all over the UK, savory pies are the way to go here.

Here’s a nice recipe for Chicken, Mushroom, and Bacon Pie to try your hand at. We had the pleasure to talk with Pieminister co-founder Jon Simon a while ago, so enjoy the interview while you bake.

- Ana Maria Harkins

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Magic Mushrooms

May 13th, 2013

Mushroom Toast

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Noisily Festival is a study in lovely contrasts. It’s set in a beautiful woodland countryside, but offers up some of the best electronic music in Britain with interludes of interactive performance at places such as the Treehouse stage.

Embrace your surroundings and take advantage of Spring’s crop of mushrooms (no, not those shrooms) foraged from the area with Morel Mushroom Toasts care of Alice Waters. What a civilized and savory way to start the festivities.

- Ana Maria Harkins

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Crustacean Caldo

May 6th, 2013

Moreton Bay Bugs

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The Anywhere Theatre Festival takes place in the heart of Brisbane in Queensland. It’s a beautiful coastal city that also serves as an important port for the commercial seafood market. Just off its shores is Moreton Bay, a lagoon protected by a series of barrier islands. It is here that we came across something called the Moreton Bay Bug, a type of crustacean a bit smaller than a crayfish. The edible part is in the tail and it can be grilled, poached or baked.

If you’d like to give this shellfish a try but can’t find the real thing (which is also called slipper lobster in other parts of the world), this recipe for Lobster or Crayfish Soup is a lovely substitute. Serve it with some crusty bread and a bracing Queensland wine and you have a wonderful start to your festival night.

- Ana Maria Harkins

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Sherry Trifle

April 29th, 2013

Trifle

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The Make Believe Festival in London promises “a full throttle sensory bombardment”, where Victorian sensibility veers off in a very different direction. What to eat at such a fantastic event? You could head to the Make Believe Market and sample some of the amazing confections at the Empire Edibles stall.

You could also host a high tea before you set out for the evening and polish it off with this Sherry Trifle. Egg yolks, pound cake, sherry, heavy cream….you can’t go wrong. Be sure to serve this trifle in your loveliest cut crystal bowl to complete the picture.

- Ana Maria Harkins

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