Every year food and lifestyle publications are full of tips on how to have ‘the best ever Christmas’. How to prepare stunning seasonal dishes, decorate your home, welcome your guests, source and wrap those perfect gifts for family and friends.
And we can even buy it all online, delivered to our door without the need to even visit a shop or supermarket.
However, if you look back a few decades the emphasis was more about creating a special day that was abundant with locally sourced food, drink and special gifts, purchased locally.
In Cambridge, like other places, people ordered their turkey, goose or cockerel from their local butcher, or local farmer, if people didn’t grow their own vegetables they visited the greengrocer for seasonal produce, grocers would order in stocks of nuts and dates. Most families make their own mincemeat, mince pies and Christmas cakes and often wine.
Christmas dinners were relatively simple offerings, but had one big advantage. They were big on TASTE.
As many people today still seek out the earthy taste of Fen Celery, so locally produced foods have the advantage of being BIG on flavour.
As supermarkets and later online ordering services led us away from buying locally smaller producers folded as we were encourage to purchased pre-packed foods.
However, once again we are really lucky to have an abundance of farm shops, and local producers where we can find an array of delicious food.
This year at Eat Cambridge we sourced our turkeys from Gog Magog Farm Shop, deep filled pies from Pavitt’s pies, veggies from Cambridge Market, gifts from Urban Larder, Cheese from Cambridge Cheese Company, wine from Jo Barnes, mince pies from Afternoon tease with a few chocolate treats from Chocoshells. Chutneys and pickles from Seasonality.
Of course there are many, many more local producers selling fantastic locally made goods. You will hear more about them in 2013 as we start to introduce you to the makers who will be encouraging you to Eat Cambridge.