Dinner on the Farm by The Brooklyn Brewery at Surrey Docks Farm

We went to Dinner on the Farm part of The Brooklyn Brewery Mash to experience one of their shared dining events in support of a local community business: Surrey Docks Farm (tickets normally £50 each, but courtesy of Foodism UK and Tom Flisher at Porter Novelli -PR for the Brooklyn Brewery Mash UK tour).

Whilst we relaxed in the farm cafe, we listened to a interesting country band play and enjoyed sampled produce from Kappacasein Dairy as well as beautifully created arancini served with truffle oil pipettes from Picalilli Caff. These were complemented by the drinks including lager, summer ales and weisse from Brooklyn Brewery and Cold Coffee from Sandow’s London. Sandow’s London are passionate about how they brew their cold brew coffee, and whilst talking to one of the co-owners Luke the care and attention to detail came through. A great drink on a warm sunny day, especially if you need a pick-me up during a long day at work!

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After a tour of the farm, we walked down a trellised path before settled down on the terrace to a feast created by the culinary team of Chef Andrew Gerson (Brooklyn Brewery), Chef Matt Bishop (Penkul & Banks) and Chef Craig Morris (Picalilli Caff). We enjoyed lovely river views and music whilst tucking into our delightful dinner of tender Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder accompanied by flavourful produce in the Barley salad with tomatoes, cucumber and feta; garlic scapes with a spinach and roasted garlic puree and radishes; roasted root vegetables with a sorrel & cilantro chimichurri (a nice touch, with fab flavour notes); and a kale and white miso salad.

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We rounded off the meal with a local cheese board served with crostini, and a light, summery fresh fruit and whipped cream herbed semolina crumble. A perfect way to end the meal whilst taking in our riverside location.

Enjoyed also chatting to Tom (Porter Novelli) about their involvement regarding the PR side for the UK tour and some interesting events in the pipeline.

Thanks for a great time guys!

Twitter: @FoodismUK @BrooklynBrewery @surreydocksfarm #Dinneronthefarm @porternovelli @sandowslondon #LondonMash

About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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