Etc: Sunday Catch Up, 14th May – 20th May 2017

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In a week that’s included British Sandwich Week, World Baking Day and National Vegetarian Week, there’s been quite a few foodie related things pinging by on Twitter.

I’m left wondering though… who creates these themed days and weeks? Is there a committee for it and if so, how does someone get invited to join? Questions questions… But never mind all that! Have a look at the things below, new to the internet this week!

Products & News

  • Hovis Van on Tour | A retro 1962 Hovis trailer is going on a tour of the UK over the next couple of months, stopping off at Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, London and Glasgow. There’ll be demonstrations, samples and if you fancy, the chance to jump on a bike and mill some wheat! | Bakery Info
  • Free From Tiger Bloomer | Warburtons Free From label, Newburn Bakehouse, is has launched a Free From Tiger Artisan Bloomer. They’ll be gluten, wheat and milk free. | Convenience Store
  • Cocoa Infused Nut Butters | Meridian produce some lovely nut butters and being released this month are two new varieties: Cocoa & Peanut and Cocoa & Hazelnut. Will you be trying them? | FDIN
  • Edible Straws | I’m not convinced an edible straw (which are essentially sweets) will do much to help reduce plastic waste, but I’m certain there’s a market for a fun, novelty, edible straw in the bar trade! | Food Bev
  • Salted Caramel Peanuts | New from KP in June, Salted Caramel will be joined by Smokehouse BBQ and a range of new on-the-go packs! | Talking Retail
  • Lidl Expanding in USA | For those of us in Europe, Lidl and Aldi are common budget supermarkets. If you’re in the US, are you looking forward to seeing these pop up near you? In the UK they’re a great source of massive Ritter Sport chocolate bars that can be hard to find elsewhere! | Bloomberg


  • Nakd Caffé Mocha | Regular visitors will know I like both coffee flavoured things and Nakd bars. Turns out, those two magical products have smushed themselves together! Well, alright, they probably had a bit of help. It’s not like we’re talking Big Bang cosmic collision here. Check out Erin’s review if you want to know what you’ve got to look forward to! | Guilt Free Veggie
  • Smunchy Peanut Butter | The label had me at “Made in Yorkshire” (love a bit of regionality). If you want to look for some peanut butter advice, Nib’s is your gal. Take a look at her review and see if you’re converted to natural peanut butter! | Nibbles ‘n’ Scribbles
  • The Gastro Travel Book | Not actually a book, this is instead a box of chocolate from Marks & Spencer’s new Spirit of Summer range. If you’re into adventurous chocolate flavour pairings, this should interest you. | Lot-O-Choc
  • Caramel & Cashew Protein Bar | Actually, I’m doing this review a disservice in only naming the Caramel & Cashew, as Amy also takes a look at the Cookies & Cream and Coconut-Choco variants too. Now I’m not a gym-goer and don’t really have a place for protein supplements in my daily goings on (though I’m keeping these in mind for when I return to work!). They look fabulous, utterly. I love the packaging but more importantly, the bars get great reviews. | Amy Seeks New Treats

Special Mentions

  • What Not to Say to Germans | This is a lighthearted look at five different misconceptions people might have about Germany and those discussion topics best to avoid! | Wanted Adventure
  • What is Durian? | It’s a big spiky fruit that happens to be banned from public transport in Penang… Have I got your interest yet? Good! Pop over to the lovely Gingey Bites and have a read about this curious fruit. Fascinating! | Gingey Bites
  • Asparagus and Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto | Now it could be that Bavaria and it’s love of Spargel is getting to me, but this delicious looking risotto seems like a great way to make use of green asparagus! | Jo’s Kitchen Larder

What’s on Next Week


  • Malton Food Lovers Festival | Stalls, street food, talks, tastings, celebrity chefs, demos, cookery lessons, craft beer and cider, live music… the list goes on! This festival is a celebration of the finest Yorkshire produce and cooking. | Food Lovers Festival | Various Locations in Malton | 27th & 28th May | Tickets Required for the Inntravel &
    Yorkshire Baker Cookery Theatre (Link) | Free Entry to the Festival Stalls and Bar
  • Oxfordshire – Blenheim Palace Food Festival | With 120 stalls offering local produce and a wide range of food and drink, along with talks, tastings and demonstrations. | Blenheim Palace Food Festival | Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP | 27th – 29th May 2017 | Tickets Required: Park and Gardens admission or a valid Annual Pass. Adults from £12.50
  • Harewood – Great British Food Festival | Local and artisan producers, hot food ventors, real ale, wine bars and childrens activities along with live music and chef demos. | Great British Food Festival | Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG | Tickets Required: Adults £12.50
21st May, 2017
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  • Reply joskitchenlarder

    You are fountain of all knowledge! I wish I was a tad closer for Blenheim Palace Food Festival, it looks great! Thank you so much for pingback too 🙂

    21st May, 2017 at 9:30 pm
    • Reply Eat Explore Etc

      Haha, hardly! I don’t include everything I find, just the ones that sound interesting to me – but I appreciate you reading! Very much. 😊 And you’re welcome for the inclusion, the recipe sounds delicious!

      21st May, 2017 at 9:47 pm

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