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Crouch End Digital Food Festival 2013

Digital Food Festival

Digital Food FestivalOctober marks the start of a month long digital food festival in Crouch End – the first ever online event of its type in London. Crouch End is a gastronomic hot spot bursting with flavour. The aim of the festival is to highlight local food producers, retailers and the wealth of wonderful cafés and restaurants here in N8. All the promotion will take place via the Crouch End App, Social media and the Crouch End Project website.

Throughout October, local establishments will be offering Crouch End cardholders discounts and added value, offering free tasting sessions and special events.

The CEP website will feature special did you knows and inside stories about food in the area. We will be asking local food and drink businesses to share what they love about Crouch End, inside stories, recommendations and much more…

http://thecrouchendproject.co.uk

@crouchendproj

https://www.facebook.com/CrouchEndDigitalFoodFestival2013

Here are a few Q&A sessions with iconic foodie institutes in Crouch End

icecream Crouch EndWill Riley from Riley Ice Cream Café is up first to answer a few questions…

Q: Why did you open in Crouch End?

A: It was the most interesting place with the best location.

Q: When was that?

A: June 2011

Q: What makes Crouch End unique?

A: Village atmosphere, fun young people, children & families.

Q: Tell us something we might not know about Riley?

A: Riley sorbet is only 60 calories a scoop!

Q: Do you have a favourite bar/restaurant in Crouch End?

A: Bar Esteban

Q: What about a favourite shop?

A: Dunns Bakery

Q: Where would you take someone visiting from out of town?

A: Bar Esteban or Sable D’Or

Q: What’s the best kept foodie secret in N8?

A: Due to buying the ‘world’s most expensive coffee machine’ our milk is like silk!

Q: What new foodie business would you like to see opening in Crouch End?

A: A Mexican bar

Q: What’s your current Crouch End Card offer?

A: 10% off all bills over a fiver on Tuesdays.

@RileyIcecream

butcher in Crouch EndNow it’s the turn of Andrew Beresford from Morley Butchers…..

Q: What makes Crouch End unique?

A: Lively high street with lots of variety. Great people and a friendly village feel to the community

Q: Why did you open up in Crouch End?

A: Many of the reasons that make Crouch End Unique make it good to be trading here. Our position on the parade is a good location

Q: When was that?

A: I arrived here five years ago but there has been a butchers shop at this address for 120 years. We are continuing a long tradition!

Q: What’s the favourite food on your counter.

A: Butchers product changes with the season but right now it has to be the Spring Lamb. Great flavour and versatile whether you are roasting a Sunday Lunch or hitting the BBQ

Q: Tell us one thing we don’t know about Morley Butchers.

A: We have a new wood smoker installed, it’s the latest in natural draft smoking technology. It’s only a few metres away from where the original Smoker chimney  was 120 years ago. This latest addition means we can now smoke our own meats on the premises and offer Crouch Enders a new range of locally produced food.

Q: Do you have a favourite bar/pub in N8? 

A: 
It has to be our neighbours, The Queens, a few doors down a great pint and they stock our Biltong behind the bar

Q: What about a restaurant? 

A: Butchers keep antisocial hours so we are not out very much but the Queens gets our vote on the food front too

Q: Favourite Coffee?

A: A Latte from our near neighbors My Kind of Coffee

Q: Do you have a favourite shop here?

A: Has to be Dunns always go there for our sandwiches

Q: Where would you take someone visiting Crouch End from out of town?

A: Just to visit the high street – there is so much on offer, whatever their tastes there is bound to be a Bar, restaurant or shop that would be a good match

Q: What new foodie business would you like to see opening in Crouch End?

A: Nothing in particular, as there is already such a great selection. Whatever it might be if it’s good quality offering they will do well as this is such a foodie destination

Q: What’s the best kept foodie secret in N8?

A: Shameless plug but not enough people know about our Gammon and Biltong. Truly local food made with the best ingredients here in our shop.

http://www.morleybutchers.co.uk

Finally, Christopher Freeman from Dunn’s Bakery – the oldest shop in Crouch End – talks to us about his business…

Q: What makes Crouch End unique?

A: The people, the individual shops and the village atmosphere.

Q: Why did you open up in Crouch End?

A: I took over the business in 1973 but it was established by my ancestors in 1850. It’s the oldest shop in Crouch End.

Q: What’s your favourite product that you sell?

A: A large, crusty, poppy seed oven bottom bloomer!

Q: Tell us something we may not know about Dunns?

A: We support a number of local ‘soup kitchen’ style initiatives including St Peter’s Catholic Church and Holy Innocent Parish Church cold weather shelter by donating unsold food. Also, we stock a range of wheat and gluten free products, we use only free range eggs and our flour is locally produced.

Q: Do you have a favourite shop/cafe here?

A: Dunns! We also supply many local businesses – cafes and restaurants, it’s too hard to pick just one.

Q: What’s the best kept foodie secret in Crouch End?

A: Budgens stock a range of foods produced in N8. Walter Purkis have their own smoke house where they smoke a variety of fish.

 http://www.dunns-bakery.co.uk/

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