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11
Sep
2018

The crazy month that is September.......

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 11th Sep 2018 07:07

September is known as  ‘crazy month’ at Breckland Orchard. The summer is just over….[and as usual we are praying for an Indian Summer for the next few weeks], the mini Martinsens are back to school [phew] and the manic month of trade shows and food festivals starts.  This year we are at: Abergavenny Food Festival […]

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12
Dec
2017

Christmas Shows 2017

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 12th Dec 2017 07:35

A massive thank you to everyone who came and saw us at the Christmas shows we were at this year……we only do a few Christmas events each year, and its really lovely to get to see everyone and soak up a little bit of Christmas atmosphere. Ely Cathedral Christmas Fayre always looks magical ….seeing the […]

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30
Oct
2017

Where we'll be this Christmas...

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 30th Oct 2017 01:44

We usually do a few shows around Christmas time, so if you want to catch us out and about this November/December here’s where to find us! Ely Cathedral Christmas 17th and 18th November – the beautiful setting always takes our breath away… Bury Christmas Fair November 23rd – November 26th – four days of immersive […]

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10
Nov
2016

Where to come and see us this Christmas Season!

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 10th Nov 2016 02:55

We are going to be out and about this Christmas period….so if you want to stock up on some festive drinks, to buy some gift packs or just come and say Hello then please come and find us at: 18th/19th November Ely Cathedral Gift and Food Fair 23rd November Green Pastures Farm Shop Christmas Event […]

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21
Sep
2016

Abergavenny Food Festival 2016

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 21st Sep 2016 01:44

September is definitely Food Festival season…..and they don’t get much inspirational, more lively and well…beautiful than the Abergavenny Food Festival.  I grew up in a tiny hamlet called Llangwm, which is between Usk and Chepstow in the Wye Valley…….so Abergavenny [or Aber as its known locally] was just up the road.  The  Festival has just […]

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15
Jul
2016

Fabulous Royal Norfolk Show 2016

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 15th Jul 2016 06:48

The Royal Norfolk Show always feels like the start of summer ‘proper’ if that makes sense…..it’s always a highlight of the year here at Breckland Orchard.  Lovely surroundings, a vibrant show, a foodhall dominated by foodie friends, animals galore and generally everyone having a great time……what’s not to love? The show is usually blessed with […]

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15
Mar
2016

A visit to Borough Market....

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 15th Mar 2016 10:32

When I was in London last week I took the opportunity to visit Borough Market……I’m rather bashful to say but I’d never visited before, despite it having the reputation of being a buzzing hub of gourmet food and drink. Monday is a bit of a quiet day at the Market and not all the stands […]

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29
Feb
2016

New Shoes!

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 29th Feb 2016 16:06

The crazy season of trade and consumer shows is almost upon us……so when I spotted some new ‘Fitflops’ I had to snap them up. When I opened the box and saw the little tag saying ‘shoes for superwomen’ I had a little giggle and thought that they were indeed perfect.    Every would-be Superwoman needs […]

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30
Nov
2015

Christmas Fun at Bury St Edmunds

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 30th Nov 2015 16:54

Just back from a busy few days at Bury St Edmunds….their annual Christmas Fair seems to get bigger and bigger, and its the perfect way to start the festive period….lots to see and do…and a real Christmas buzz. We were on Angel Hill…just in front of the iconic Angel Hotel which is at the heart […]

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01
Oct
2015

The annual September whirlwind......

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 01st Oct 2015 05:19

October 1st……yipeee!  Time to take a breath and actually breathe. October 1st heralds the end of my annual September whirlwind. September is frenetic on the trade show front…with two big shows kind of ‘book-ending’ the month…firstly Speciality Fine Food Show at Olympia and then Lunch Exhibition at the Design Centre Islington. Then there’s the smattering […]

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22
Sep
2015

Amazing Abergavenny......

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 22nd Sep 2015 10:50

*Just* back from Abergavenny Food Festival last night…..two days of foodie fun in the South Wales rolling hills.  I grew up a stonesthrow away ….in a small village called Llangwm, which is just outside Usk.  My granny, Jessie also lived there.  So its aways a pleasure and a joy to ‘go home’ and spend a […]

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15
Jul
2015

Norfolk Show 2015

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 15th Jul 2015 02:06

The beginning of the month was the Royal Norfolk Show….always one of the highlights of the year.  I’ve been there ever since I started, so this was the 7th year [yes, where has the time gone…] and it was just as lovely as ever. The Food Hall is always one of the highlights, and there’s […]

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11
May
2015

Starting them young.....

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 11th May 2015 03:33

Ely Food Festival last weekend was literally just up the road, so the Mini’s were keen to come with me…..so it ended up being a real family affair as both Mini Martinsens came along to ‘help’.  I say ‘help’ because they certainly enjoyed all the goodies on offer at the show – copious ice creams, […]

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10
May
2015

Under the Shadow of Ely Cathedral

by Claire Martinsen on Sun 10th May 2015 03:00

Bank Holiday Monday saw us in the shadow of Ely Cathedral taking part in the Ely Food Festival.  It was one of those pinch-yourself moments to be in such a beautiful area, in the bright sunshine, with music and surrounded by great food and drink. And if nothing could top that then the ducks had […]

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08
May
2015

London Coffee Festival 2015

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 08th May 2015 03:34

We were down in London for 4 days this week [well 5 if you count setting up too] so its been a whirlwind week for sure……we were exhibiting at the London Coffee Festival and it was our first time there. It was held in the stunning surroundings of the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch……which was […]

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30
Apr
2015

Setting up at London Coffee Festival 2015

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 30th Apr 2015 15:53

Dara and I headed to London last night to set up for the London Coffee Festival at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch.  The shows always look great on the day…..and the Old Truman Brewery is a beautiful industrial setting….but well, it wasn’t really built for exhibitions [clearly!] and setting up in quirky locations is […]

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27
Jan
2015

A wee trip North of the Border....

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 27th Jan 2015 12:54

I was SOOO excited to be up in Scotland last week….exhibiting at the SECC at Scottish Speciality Food Show….Scotland has always been a bit of a passion.  I grew up in the Wye Valley in South Wales, but went to University in Glasgow…..the distance was huge, and I was the first person from my school […]

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07
Dec
2014

Mill Road Winter Fair 2014

by Claire Martinsen on Sun 07th Dec 2014 06:57

This weekend we’ve gone ‘plural’ – Dara is at the Deepdale Christmas Market and I was at Mill Road Winter Fair, which is just up the road in Cambridge.  I love Christmas….[the tree was bought on 29th November and was up and decorated by the 1st!] and I love the atmosphere of Christmas events. It […]

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22
Oct
2014

Our AMAZING neighbours at Abergavenny Food Festival

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 22nd Oct 2014 03:27

Food Festivals from a visitor perspective [of course] but the producers love them too…..and its especially fun when you have great neighbours. This year at Abergavenny we were next to British Cassis who are located in Herefordshire. Briony and Steve were on  the stand from British Cassis….Steve being a mixologist was mixing up some seriously […]

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21
Oct
2014

Abergavenny Food Festival 2014

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 21st Oct 2014 11:41

A few weeks now since we came back from Abergavenny Food Festival – which as ever was just lovely!  I was brought up in the Wye Valley, so Abergavenny [or Aber as most of the locals call it……] was a regular haunt throughout my childhood.  Ma Breckland used to lug us there when she was […]

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