With just a month to go until the first Towcester Food Festival, it seemed like a good time to take a look at five local Northamptonshire producers, who have been awarded bursaries to take part in the show.
Northampton-based spice maker Bite Me Spices is run by former civil servant Sera Harman. Sera makes all of her spice mixes fresh, using whole spices which she roasts and grinds herself.
Cheese-maker Gary Bradshaw turned his back on life as a deskbound Mac operator to launch his own business, Hamn Tun Fine Foods. Gary now makes Northampton’s only cheese, Cobblers Nibble, which is made traditionally by hand with milk from a Northamptonshire Fresian herd.
Iain Cowan, from Wymington near Rushden, was high-flying project manager with IBM until he was made redundant last year. A life-long foodie, he decided to indulge his passion for making flatbread. As Replete Flatbreadshe now makes gourmet flatbreads, including naan stuffed with onion bhaji and tomato and chilli chutney, and their best selling Greek pitta bread filled with spinach and feta.
HGV driver Steve Reid grew up in Tiffiled, a village near Towcester, and learnt the art of jam making from his mum. Over the years, he has adapted his culinary skills to include chutneys and chilli sauces. Now living in Delapre, Northampton, he launched his own food business last year. Friars Farm is named after the family’s small holding where Steve keeps chickens and grows his own chillis for use in his sauces.
Former BBC Northampton radio presenter Iain Griffin and partner Emily Price hand-make beautiful cottons aprons from their home in Northampton. Teacher Emily is the seamstress and creative force behind Griffs . All of Griff’s aprons are made from 100% cotton, have adjustable neck straps and each of their designs is named after a Northamptonshire village.