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Kelham Island Food Tours launches home experiences

At Home Experiences and Food Tours in a box could be the perfect Christmas gift for a foodie.


Launched in March 2019, Kelham Island Food Tours grew from hosting one tour a month to 12 tours in February this year. The new business was looking forward to an exciting second year but as we all know, everything ground to a halt. Apart from a false re-start in October, the tours have been on hold ever since.

Realising that they were in this for the long-haul, founder Sophie Barber decided to develop a series of foodie experiences to support and promote local producers and venues, which could be enjoyed from the comfort of people’s own homes.

The experiences let people “meet” the producers and venues, taste and learn about their produce, and create dishes with venue-inspired recipe cards, key ingredients and kit for the kitchen. The boxes are ideal for individuals, couples and families. Kelham-based venues involved in the project include Edo Sushi and Domo, as well as local producers Bullion Chocolate and Frazer's Coffee Roasters."

I have collaborated with local producers and venues to create a unique experience for food lovers – a fab Christmas gift or something different for you to enjoy on a Saturday night at home," Sophie says. "As well as helping my own business during this difficult time, I also wanted to do something that encouraged people to support the local economy.”

The At Home Experiences also feature a selection of artisan ice cream-making kits. Developed by Derbyshire-based Cheeky Little Kitchen, the kits have been designed by former Michelin starred chefs. They use top-quality artisan ingredients that were destined for fine-dining restaurants across the country.

All you need is milk and the kits come in a variety of flavours, including Porn Star Martini, Pink Grapefruit & Gin and S’Mores, and there is also a Twin Kids Kit, featuring Bubble Gum & Mint Choc Chip. Tuck in.

by Felicity Jackson (she/her)

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