You may have guessed that I love vanilla - but it has to be real vanilla (I am fussy like that), and anyone who has ever met me me knows how much I like to use vanilla bean paste. But it has to be a particular brand of vanilla bean paste, one that produces a delicious product and helps support the farmers on the equatorial belt that grow it. That brand is Little Pod.
I first came across Little Pod way back in 2010 when they approached me on twitter, sharing a similar name and a love of vanilla we bonded and it has been a match made in heaven ever since.
So as you can imagine I was delighted to help spread the world about their National Real Vanilla Day event. Did you know that 97% of Vanilla flouring in the west is artificial!
Little Pod are hosting a unique and exclusive two days of demos, classes and talks at beautiful Bickleigh Castle in Tiverton, Devon.
The event will be opened by the 'Vanilla Queen', sustainability expert, Patricia Rain, who's flying over from California, followed by cookery demos (featuring head chef at Rick Steins Seafood Restaurant, Stephane Delourme; chef & author Manju Malhi and more, cooking a whole host of sweet and savoury dishes), workshops, cookery classes for children, a 'keep it real' bake-off competition, plus two 3 course dinners with after dinner talks, including a Q&A session with vanilla farmer, Made Setiawan.
You can see the full line-up for the event here in their online brochure and the evening dinner details & menu, here. People can call them to buy tickets or buy in their online store.