This autumn if fashion fanzines have decreed that Navy is the new Black, food fashionistas swear Experiences are the latest fad. Everyone seems to be rushing around learning to bake, brew, butcher or forage or rushing off to the latest food festival, fair or pop-up or setting up their own (and here I admit to being as guilty as the next as I’m starting running pop-up feasts this month – email me for details)
Take Wilderness Festival in Oxford in July last summer. It wasn’t enough to listen to the likes of Rodriguez and Noah & The Whale under the balmy sky or wild swim and relax in a hot tub sipping prosecco. Any self respecting foodie had to eat at least one of the banquets or feasts cooked by the such chefs as Yotam Ottolenghi, Russell Norman of Polpo, Fergus Henderson or Mark Hix. Or hunt, gather and cook (and possibly even indulge in a spot of deer butchery) with foraging school Hunter, Gather & Cook or learn sausage-making and how to make the best-ever Eggs Benedict at Thyme at Southrop Manor’s field Cookery School.
Over the next few months, I too will be on the trail. Meanwhile I want to hear about your favourite Experience – whether a quiz, lecture, cookery class or organised meal. But to kick off, let me tell you about my visit to CakeBoy – with none other than the glorious Eric Lanlard