I am lucky enough to be involved with The East of England Co-op’s initiative to offer lots of exciting local produce for us to try. I had a parcel of lovely, new festive goodies to savour!
- Leggs Bakery Mince Pies. These are made locally in Halstead, Essex and each batch is handmade. We heated ours up and served it with clotted cream – glorious!
- Hadleigh Maid Festive chocolate whirls. As a chocolate lover these were utterly amazing – simply yum! They are made locally in Hadleigh and taste divine.
- Shawsgate Vineyard Vintage Sparkling Rose wine. This tasty, sophisticated bubbly for the festive season is produced in Framlingham, Suffolk. Being one of East Anglia’s oldest commercial vineyard I can see why Shawsgate has been successful with their wines – this bubbly is delicious and refreshing. I am thinking it will go perfect with some festive snacks for a Christmas film night with friends later on in the month.
- Woodfordes Brewery Tinsel Toes Christmas Ale. This festive brew is made in Woodbastwick over the border in Norfolk or as some would say ‘Narrrrfaaalk’. My partner was the one to test run this one. Having been a huge fan of their famous Wherry bitter he was thrilled to test run this Christmas special. Having polished off the bottle with crackers and cheese he said it was the perfect accompaniment for a Friday evening during the run up to Christmas. Think that is a thumbs up!
Thankyou East of England Co-op http://www.eastofengland.coop/home for this festive parcel and I would advise anyone to pop down to their local coop to search for these and other local goodies to support local producers and farmers over the Christmas period.
Katy, The Good Life In Practice xx