As Cambridge’s first proper food festival Eat Cambridge will focus on local food and drink. To us this means exploring the best of our local producers and farmers. Educating people on the benefits of shopping and eating local. And bringing together local chefs and cooks who work with seasonal ingredients from Cambridge and the surrounding area.
Avoiding the mass-produced and imported is not always an easy task but some great local options for independent food shopping in Cambridge make eating local that little bit more exciting and definitely a very tasty experience. In our last post we shared the gems to be found by exploring Mill Road’s independent food stores, grocers, butchers, delis and many restaurants and cafes (including our headline sponsor Urban Larder). There are also many more places throughout the city which are well worth a regular visit. Think of your next shopping list as an excuse to indulge a passion in good food and drink and add some of these outlets…
Cambridge Market – the city’s market square hosts a well-stocked daily market featuring a healthy selection of fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, a fascinating array of exotic herbs and salads, cheeses, meats, fresh fish, locally baked breads, Caribbean foods and flavours, fresh flowers, pick ‘n’ mix olives and tapenades, obscure tea leaves and coffee beans, and Ostrich burger and Thai noodle take-away heaven.
Cambridge Farmers’ Outlet, Lensfield Road – this well-established farmers’ outlet at the busy junction of Hills Road and Regent Street is a rustic treasure trove of food stuffs and home-grown plants. Meat, game, cured meats and organic ingredients can be found alongside fresh fruit and vegetables, a huge selection of local chutneys, pickles, cheeses and ciders, wines and cordials, and special requests can also be ordered from the supplying farm. Perfect for that elusive dinner party ingredient.
Radmore Farm Shop, Chesterton Road – quickly becoming a one-stop shop for store cupboard ingredients, fresh foods and foodie gifts, this unlikely location to the north of the city centre is a great place to swing by on a lunch break or Saturday or Sunday morning to stock up on locally reared meats, fantastic free range eggs, and black pudding for the perfect weekend brunch. The farm shop, stocked up daily from it’s family farm in Northamptonshire, also sells an impressive array of ingredients: from unusual seasonal veg to home-cooked “ready meals”, soups and cakes.
Gog Magog Hills Farm Shop, Shelford Bottom – set in beautiful rural surroundings but only a few miles from the city centre, the farm shop, butchery, cafe and deli at Gog Magog Hills is a veritable feast for food lovers, families and budding chefs. Browsing the local produce and carefully selected treats on offer can quickly become a whole morning’s activity. Set aside some time to inspect the well-stocked butchery counter, the incredible cheeses, smoked fish, charcuterie and stacks of essential deli ingredients.
Please do let us know how your Eat Local endeavours are going. And keep up with Eat Cambridge on Twitter and Facebook for more food and drink festival insights to whet your appetite for our event in March 2013. We do hope you’ll join us then to celebrate Cambridge’s local food scene!