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This years Real Wine Fair, an event that highlights wines which are made with respect for terroir and provenance, will be working again with artisan food producers and restaurants who have adopted similar philosophies.
Most of the food on show will be located in one room adjacent to the wine tasting hall. Participants can try and buy, eat on the hoof, or take the food into the restaurant/bar next door and relax with a glass of wine, a beer or a coffee.
Businesses such as London’s Dean St based Duck Soup, will be tempting
customers with such dishes as lamb shoulder cooked in milk, broad beans & wild garlic and tarama and shaved kohlrabi and sesame salt on warm flatbreads. Meanwhile Marylebone’s Donostia (the Basque name for San Sebastian, a city synonymous with culinary excellence) will be preparing simple, but tasty-sounding small plates such as slow-cooked pigs cheeks and arroz negro plus variations on a jamón theme.
Other restaurants looking to highlight their expertise are the award-winning Italian restaurant, Zucca, delivering their specialities in homely, regional, well-executed Italian dishes including Cianfotta (a seasonal vegetable stew from southern Italy) and pork cooked in milk. London’s answer to River Cottage HQ, Hand Made Food, is offering beetroot borani & feta with crispbread; marinated pigeon breast in flat bread with watercress and pickle, and Simnel cake.
Morito, sibling of Moro in Exmouth Market will be cooking lamb on the plancha with labneh, pickled chillies and green olives whilst serving grilled Tetilla cheese with membrillo and walnut bocadillo. Real Wine debutants, Burro e Salvia, a pastificio in Shoreditch, will be making their signature fresh pasta from traditional family recipes. Making the small leap from across the channel is La Cour de Rémi, a small hotel with a fantastic natural wine bar in Bermicourt near Calais, who will be transporting the flavours of Normandy with them in their earthy bistro dishes including Pressed oxtail, mustard vinaigrette & roquette leaves; fried cuttlefish and pork belly ‘à la Ibaiona’ and Scallops, marinated with lemon infused olive oil
Androuet age and sell their artisan cheeses in Spitalfields and supply many of London’s top restaurants. At the Real Wine Fair this year they will be presenting Androuet “Camembert de Normandie” (exclusively produced for them), ”Comte” 18 months, “1909″ (ewe’s milk cheese they created for their 100 year anniversary) produced by Jean-François Dombre, and English cheeses like Westcombe. Customers can taste samples and buy a platter to eat at the fair.
It’s not all about the wine as Workshop Coffee, who have been sourcing, roasting and serving great coffee since 2009 with their Clerkenwell and Marylebone cafés , will be on espresso and cappuccino duty, whilst those seeking alcoholic refreshment can sip and sup at the stands of two small but beautiful artisan drinks producers based in North London. Camden Town Brewery is located in a couple of railway arches in Kentish Town. Their bottled beers include the crisp Hells Lager, the unfiltered American Hells, the complex Pale Ale and the Gentleman’s Wit Beer and a variety of ales on draught. Sacred Microdistillery is run from the kitchen of a house in the back streets of Highgate. They will show their award-winning London Dry Gin; London Dry Vodka made with numerous botanicals and their unique English Spiced Vermouth containing around 25 botanicals. New to the range are gins made from cardamom and pink grapefruit respectively and a delicious Rosehip Cup. Gin and tonics and English Negronis all round!
The 2014 Real Wine Fair will be held at London’s Tobacco Dock in Wapping over the 13th and 14th of April.
For more information, and to register, please visit The Real Wine