6 Mar 2008

An Open Invitation

'TASTE EAST' happens this Friday and Saturday, the location: Spitalfields Market. The star attraction will be a 'real' farm.
Every so often, the marketeers behind London markets lug poor, bewildered beasts for public presentation, presumably to show the confined city reared what a livestock animal looks like. Farmer Sharp's Borough sheep drive a couple of years ago even attracted elderly but startlingly vociferous protestors wielding placards bemonaning 'Middle Age Sheep Abuse'.
Anyway, should Daily Wine readers attend the fray, please come and see me at Bedales, Market Street for a taste of aromatically poignant one man made Bermondsey Gin, whitecurrant scented Chelmsford white and bosquey Colchester red.
From toy farm to the model farm, a press release pings cheerily into my inbox:
'Waitrose has today announced that it will be the first UK retailer to plant vines in England...'
Traditional varieties will be sewn on chalky hills at the retailers own farm in Hampshire next year.
A positive move?