I almost missed it but at the very last minute all worked out and I got the invite for the culi press lunch which is a yearly recurring event organizd by  Nieuwe Haring.. It was my first time and a great event. For starters it is always fun meeting other foodies and other foodbloggers plus the room was filled with the best suppliers and the best publishers of cookbooks with the latest and greatest in the culinary arena for this new season.

It started well with a delicious mocktail or a alcoholic beverage of your choice. I picked the Rose with French Vanilla Mocktail by  Dilmah

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The list of delicacies was really too big to name them all so you will find a couple of my favorites here. The first stand was the one of  Beemsterkaas and Country Home Cooking  with beautiful cheese and a delicious soup. And special thanks to Naomi for arranging the invitation

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There was a big stand of Nice to Meat, whom I already knew since they are located here in Almere and I pass by the building on a regular basis. They were present with an impressive array of gorgeous meets, some of which where prepped on the spot.

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Nice to meat at work

And ofcourse there were plenty of tastings in beautiful little dishes. There were a few amuse bouche made with spice mixes from Verstegen that I did not know before, but if I have a look at all the different chillies I will for sure pick some up next time I am at the Sligro. Mirasol chillies sounds pretty awesome right?

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The area of the stand of the Hollandse garnaal (Dutch shrimps) was a good spot to taste some really good shrimps. It was peeled on the spot and the taste soft and sweet and so different from anything you’ll find in the supermarket! I’ve never been a big fan of the pink shrimps and I would always prefer a good Dutch shrimp if given the choice. Cannot compete in terms of flavor!

Next to that was a stand for Irish beef which was expertly prepared by the chefs at work. There was a lot of meat this time, judged by the comments of some of the people who had been there before, but that makes me happy so I enjoyed a couple of slices of beautiful Irish beef. The Lucas Rive team was busy in the next stall preparing some gorgeous food, there were the largest  Big Green Eggs (the latest Big Green Egg XXL weighing a hefty 222 kilo!!) present, the wine people from the supermarket Plus impressed us with a few really good wines (I am a big fan of the ‘Running Duck’ Wines.. Free of sulfites, biological and the ducks are used in the vineyards to eat all the little snails. How cool is that?)

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In the middle of the room there was space for a few good suppliers with a (lot of) chocolate, but also the cookies from  Dapeppa (who have also started making pancake mixes and such), raw honey from  Honey & More (totally delicous and you can buy it online in the webshop) and the chocolate box of  Bruingoud... You can take a subscription to their monthly chocolate box and you’ll get new chocolate every single month. Now who can resist something like that?? Something for you maybe  Alex?

Another things I found immensely interesting was the new multi functional pâtissier by Magimix that was already on display here but will be launched in May officially. I do love my Kitchenaid, but certain things, like mixing bread dough just don’t work so well. Magimix is promising to do this better so you can see my interest here.

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All in all it was a fun event with a lot of exciting new products and suppliers for the new season. I will be writing some more on some of them at a later stage!

Carlo Straver maakte een aantal mooie gerechtjes

Carlo Straver is making a few beautiful dishes