Our first Craft Food and Gift Fair of the Autumn, and I have to say it was really nice having the time to really focus on some of our amazing crafts and food producers (usually I’m running around photographing dogs and horses as well!)
I was just stunned at the variety and talent on display – from Julia Hulme and Louise Brown, both animal sculptors but with very different styles. I could have spent a fortune with both of them! Martin Green was demonstrating lace making and had some beautiful shawls on display. There was pottery from Cotswold Pottery; delicated painted glass; a variety of differnt jewellery – silver, beads, glass, even coins… and a stall of delicate models made entirely of coal! If you wanted a clock there were highly polished wood turned clocks; glass bottles, pyrography clocks and wooden clocks with quotes on. If you wanted something for the bath there were homemade soaps and bath salts. There was leather work and carpet bags, oil paintings and watercolours.
Of course there were trade stands as well, and I spent a long time wondering which of the wonderful woolly hats my teenage daughter would prefer. I will never get it right, so took a photo and will go back to see them at Thame! But there was wickerwork, and lovely quote signs; shoes, some lovely ladies tweed and so much more.
Then there was a whole textiles tent, with demonstrations of different types of weaving, and some amazing jumbo knitting; a countryside tent with traditional country crafts such as basket making and corn dollies, with some absolutely stunning head bands – and thanks to our unsuspecting model who had the the right coloured flowing locks to set it off!
On past the blacksmiths to watch Ian Ellis, the weather vane craftsman, who gave me a demonstration on how he creates the ‘twirly bit’ which is so important for every piece. It is not as easy as he makes it look… and certainly takes a lot of strength!
Moment In Time were in full 17th Century Polish regalia, with Kate cooking up a storm as ever over an open fire – and there was plenty more cooking going on in the Country Kitchen marquee, although we did supply electric ovens there! Daniel Clifford, Holly Bell, Dean Edwards and Teresa Bovey were all absolutely fabulous but for me I have to say I absolutely loved Holly’s little snowman cakes!
And on to the ever popular food halls. They were absolutely packed and the variety was stunning: from cheese to chutney; sausage rolls to sauces; pies to pickles. I did a lot of tasting, was delighted to find some gluten free sausages for my coeliac son, and looked with amazement at a vodka distilliary!
All in all a fantastic day out and I’m really looking forward to Thame Craft Food and Gift Fair in a couple of weeks!