Lemon Drizzle cake selection

Lemon Drizzle Tea & Cakes Interview

Baking for markets means you get to meet lots of people, experiment with flavours and get immediate feedback. If they don’t like it, they won’t buy it!Clare and Charlotte

Lemon Drizzle Tea & Cakes trade around several markets, including Levenshulme Market, Cheadle Maker’s Market and Chorlton Green Farmer’s Market. I’ve previously tasted their cakes and reviewed them. Here I interview the two people who set up Lemon Drizzle, Clare and Charlotte!

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Vegetarian pizza from Proove

at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2016

Every year, Manchester hosts its Manchester Food and Drink Festival around September-October and it is a festival I continually look forward to year on year. It takes place outside Manchester Town Hall on St Albert’s Square and is a 2-week free entry festival featuring market stalls from independents and chains as well as specialised events such as themed meals or workshops. This year there is an experimental vegan banquet as well as several hidden banquets including one by MilkJam. There is also Manchester’s own Bake Off competition.

Here, I explore what’s available on the second day of the festival.

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Lemon Drizzle cakes with tea

Lemon Drizzle Tea & Cakes

As a cake enthusiast, I’m always on the lookout for some nice cakes and came across Lemon Drizzle Tea & Cakes on twitter. They’re a market stall run by Charlotte Gee and Claire Simpson and they sell gorgeous cakes by the slice, individually wrapped. This appealed to my sweet tooth without the negatives of committing to an entire cake. I decided I had to try their slice of Earl Grey cake, made with tea from Saddleworth Tea, so spoke with them on twitter and they kindly reserved me a slice on the day I said I would be visiting!

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Ginger's Comfort Emporium van

Ginger’s Comfort Emporium Interview

Ice cream fires my imagination – it’s an experimental cook’s dream. Cream, sugar and eggs set the stage for any flavour combos you can think upClaire Kelsey from her book Melt

I’ve been an avid fan of Ginger’s Comfort Emporium since discovering them at the Manchester Food and Drink festival in 2014. I was very much drawn in with her rather unusual combinations such as rhubarb crumble ice cream and salted caramel and peanut butter ice cream (aka the Chorlton Crack). Since then, they’ve set up shop on the first floor of Affleck’s Palace and Claire’s repertoire of creations have steadily increased and evolved with fresh inspiration and the changing of the seasons.

Here, I ask Claire Kelsey, owner of Ginger’s, a few questions about herself and her business.

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