Lancashire Easter Market has come and gone for another year and my cupboard is stocked with all kinds of goodies and treats.
Although not celebrated as a food festival – craft stalls were also welcome – the Lancashire Market in Preston did have a good selection of fine food on offer, and I tried most of them.
This was originally going to be titled the 10 tastiest things but the choice was overwhelming so I added a few more.
Kicking off, it’s Easter so a little chocolate is called for. Couldn’t resist these. Mini eggs on toast. Great Sunday breakfast.
Following that how about a bit of eggy bread, Asian style. The stall I bought this from had all kinds of spicy treats but this caught my eye. Delicious, crispy slice of bread deep fried and battered with mild spice. Great!
Technically not from Lancashire Market but from a delightful stall at the Vintage Market held on the same day. A slice of Manchester tart. Lovely and creamy covered with desiccated coconut.
Nice bit of cheese (Gromit). Wensleydale with Mushroom and Garlic. Powerful stuff but a very, very tasty treat. Perfect on toast.
No food market is complete without a Hog Roast. We had two of them on the day. This one was simply delicious. Classically spit roasted pig butty with apple sauce, stuffing and crunchy crackling. One of the best, and cheapest at £3.50, hog roast butties I have had.
Ma Beans was here after her leaving her stall at the railway station. Always great home cooked sweet treats on offer. This one intrigued me. A do-it-yourself flap jack mix. Almost all the ingredients in the pot. Just add eggs and a little butter. The end result tasted fantastic.
Another Ma Beans treat and again as its Easter, more chocolate. A chocolate sheep and droppings. Didn’t taste this as it will be a gift for someone but no doubt it will be great.
Couldn’t resist a try of these fantastic looking slabs of Lancashire Cheese and Onion Pie. Huge pies with a huge flavour. Creamy and tangy with good pastry.
Yet more pies. There were lots of them at the market. This one caught my eye. Minced Beef and Mushy Peas. Had a pork pie like this but not a normal pie. Don’t feel quite so guilty eating this as it contains one of my 5-a-day. TASTY!
Yes, another pie. I like pies. This one is Roasted Pork with Cider and Apple. A perfect combination and not something you find down the shops. That’s why I like markets. You never know what you are going to find. I’ve yet to tackle this but the free samples tasted great
Got to have a pint to wash all the free samples down with. And what a great pint. Chilled Lancaster Black, brewed just up the road. Really hit the spot. Was only 11am though.
I know, a pie. But what a monster this was. Again only available at these types of markets. Pork and Haggis. Another great combination and tasted lovely. Wish I had bought more.
Regular stall holders at the Lancashire Markets are Duk/Pond. They were giving away some tasty free samples all day. I visited a couple of times (or more) for their dips and mixes, but their homemade Olive and Feta Quiche was simply flantastic. Deliciously creamy and moresome. Hope they sell this at their deli in town.
May not look like much but this was also a very tasty treat. And Easter themed. Rabbit, White Wine and Wild Garlic Lentil Casserole. Powerful flavours and a strong garlic sauce. Not for everyone, but certainly for me. I liked this very much. Again only available at markets like this.
Finally, a little grown-up treat. I spent a little while sampling the delicious flavoured vodkas at the Retro Shots stall. All in the name of research you understand. This one was my fave. Pear Drop flavour. Sharp and sweet and very nice with an instantly evocative aftertaste. I took this one home to research a little more later that night.
That rounds off my selection of the tastiest treat at Lancashire Market. If you visited why not let us know what you found tasty or bought to enjoy at home.