Just a little background about the food market – “…The Partridges Food Market on the Duke of York Square was started on Saturday 29th October 2005. The aim was to celebrate the diverse and evolving world of fine, local, British and International foods and offer small producers, startup businesses and farmers the chance to share their passion and expertise with the public”.
We were so thrilled and honoured to be invited by John Shepherd. John is the Managing Director of Partridges of Duke of York Square on the Kings Road (London) and has many years’ experience in the world of food.
See John talking about London based Partridges food market here.
We drove down from Sheffield, Yorkshire, leaving our Russian bakery at 4am and arrived at 9am. With the help of my daughter Rebecca we were all set up by 10am – the official start time.
We had extra special Russian food dishes for this event – and this included Creamy Cod and Leek Pie, Spring Onion and Egg Pie, as well as Beef and Rice Pie – all three being traditional Russian pie fillings.
It wasn’t long before the first buyers approached us – and no surprise, they spoke to us in Russian. With Leeza, the Russian who makes and bakes this food not being able to attend (she was busy at a food festival in the North) I wasn’t able to answer in Russian (me being a Scouser!). Anyway no problem, our customers told us how thrilled they were to see food from their home country, Russia – and not only that they were also from Leeza’s home city of St. Petersburg !
They took away three of our best sellers, Russian Honey Cake (Medovik) and two of our piroshky – the brioche-like pies filled with mushroom and marscapone and our best seller, Chicken and Chorizo Pie, I must note that the Chicken and Chorizo Pie was an award winner at this years (2015) British Pie Awards at Melton Mowbray – the home of pies !
Throughout the day we sold our Russian fayre to a variety of nationalities, not just Russian-speaking foodies but folk from all over the world including London 🙂
By the end of the day we had packaged up such a variety of Russian salads, pies, cakes, and savoury foods – so much so that people said, especially the Russian’s, ‘You must come back to London’! Indeed. We are going to request that we would love to attend in July 2015.
P.S. We may even bring some of our Russian party food. See a selection of it here.