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Cheese, Ham, Pickles, and Bread
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A Ploughman's is the lunchtime equivalent of the 'Full English'. A hearty meal of cold meats, cheese, pickles and crusty bread, you definitely wouldn't want to tackle it after a big breakfast.

This traditional British pub dish is also the namesake of Tottenham's Ploughman Mayfest, a spring market that showcases the artisan producers of the community. With all the ingredients to make up your own Ploughman's lunch, you'll be eating the best homegrown food around.

The first thing you need for a Ploughman's is cheese, which is provided by Wildes Cheese, 'The Urban Cheese Maker'. The micro-dairy uses the finest quality milk from a single herd of Sussex cows to give a distinctive flavour. Wildes regularly changes its selection of cheeses, to keep their customers coming back for more. They use traditional recipes with a modern day twist. For example, their Latin American style Wildeserella is a denser, richer kind of Mozzarella.

Many Ploughman's come in the form of a sandwich, which of course requires bread. That's where Flourish Craft Bakery comes in. Run by brother and sister, Paul and Helen, you can choose from a large range of loaves, such as classic sourdough, sour rye, spelt, rosemary & sea salt, and their award winning multi-grain.

You can't have a pub meal without beer. Redemption London is a craft brewery established in 2010. Adding subtle twists to traditional recipes, and using age old production methods results in high quality pints with unique flavours. They are an environmentally aware company, making sure nothing is wasted by donating spent hops to allotments for compost and horse feed. So what will you go for? A Trinity light ale with notes of Seville oranges, the Redemption pale ale with toffee sweetness, a Hotspur Amber that reminds you of a chewy biscuit, or one of their other aromatic blends?

Once you have had your lunch, maybe a sweet treat afterwards? No one makes cake with more precision than the WI. Tottenham's ladies, The Hatters , will be whipping up a feast of mad tea party delights.

The Tottenham Ploughman Mayfest takes place on 5th May at Markfield Park. As well as the market stalls, there will be lots of live entertainment, including music from the Tottenham Community Choir, and an art exhibit by Canalology, inspired by the Tottenham canal. It will feature twelve artists ranging in sculpture, performance art, drawing, digital animation, installation, and architecture.
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Why? Fantastic local food
When: 5th May
Where: Markfield Park
Cost: Free Entry
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