Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Knutsford Artisan Food Fair



We live in Cheshire. Knutsford is Cheshyah. It's a bit posh. Lots of Cheshire is a bit posh. 

Knutsford is very well-heeled - lovely shops and eateries, and it's one of the few towns I know where at the end of one of the main streets there's a stately home and parkland (Tatton Park). It also has literary connections: Elizabeth Gaskell grew up and met her husband there, and many street and house names relate to both her and her works.

We read Mary Barton in one of my literature classes at university. I found it a bit dull. I loved Cranford on TV though. This possibly makes me a philistine. But at least I'm honest about it.



On Sunday we met up with Jay's brother and wife and went to the food fair which is held there regularly. It's not just food though - there are vintage wares and plants and crafts too.


I liked a stall selling French antiques and bric-a-brac. This green bottle caught my eye.


I really, really wanted this jug.



And I loved this little mobile summerhouse.


The company was called Ox Eye Daisy and they were selling plants and herbs in very pretty displays.


We didn't have lunch in here but we did sit on the window ledge outside and fed Joe some pasta. He'd worked up quite an appetite observing the market from his pushchair.


I bought a raspberry meringue (it was a bit too sweet so Jay the sugar fiend ate it); a bottle of cordial (I blogged about it here) and some Portuguese sardine pate for my brother. He likes that sort of thing.







12 comments:

  1. I loved the TV version of Cranford way more than the book although North and South is excellent, the TV series is also brilliant, and Wives and Daughters. That mid century jug is to die for!

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    1. I know! I gazed at it for ages but couldn't justify the purchase so had to make do with a photo instead (sigh)...

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  2. I really really want that jug too. And I also recommend North and South both book and tv adaptation. Richard Armitage is just divine in it.

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    1. I haven't seen that adaptation (or read the book) - I'll add it to my 'want to read' list. I just Googled the BBC version. Hopefully it'll be repeated one day!

      The only North and South I've seen is the American one with Patrick Swayze. Me and my mum used to watch it when I was ten or so, and laugh at how silly it was.

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  3. That jug is great. If it makes you feel any better I haven't even heard of Mary Barton, or Cranford for that matter, probably something to do with all the boring school trips to Tatton.

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    1. Cranford is great! Mary Barton not so much...

      Our school trips usually involved us walking down the road to the textile museum and brushing bits of smelly wool for spinning. The best bits were watching the terrifying machinery and hearing gory tales of people getting caught in it.

      Interesting the first time around but the novelty soon wore off...

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    1. I wanted to buy it but just couldn't do it. The spending guilt would have outweighed the thrill of owning it, sadly...

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  5. i do like knutsford, mainly for the gaskell connection, i used to always visit her grave and go and stand outside the house she was brought up in by her aunt opposite the racecourse, the area is full of her family homes. i bet it was a friendly little town then when it was the town of the 'amazons', now as you say, it is a bit smug/posh. it reminds me of woodstock with its grand gateway at the end of the street.
    as for that jug !! i want it too it would look smashing on my cupboard. did you look for a mark ? can we find another ?
    love susan x

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    1. Hello! I've got a feeling the jug was actually brand new - and made in Britain, judging by the label.

      I do like Knutsford (it has a Booths, always a good thing) but it is very exclusive. More a window-shopping town than somewhere you could buy very much!

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  6. Despite being in Wales we're only half a mile from Cheshyah, and therefore not so very far from Knutsford, but I have never been to the food fair. This shall be remedied, but I always feel such a yokel when I'm in that town ... it get's more 'footballer's wife' by the day.

    I guess we all want the jug!

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  7. The 'footballer's wife' description fits it perfectly! That's exactly what I said when I looked in the window of a kitchen shop at the glitziness within. Money can't buy taste I suppose...

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