littlepod launches national real vanilla day at bickleigh castle

To mark National Real Vanilla Day, natural ingredient company, LittlePod joined forces with the team at beautiful Bickleigh Castle to host a two-day event on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th October 2014.

The unique event featured an array of demos and activities, including cookery demonstrations with Stephane Delourme, Head chef of Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant; SW amateur chef of the year, Steve Ashworth; Indian TV chef & author, Manju Malhi; Kilted chef, David Buchanan. Plus: Fun Kitchen's cookery classes for children; tea tasting with Devonshire Tea, The Exploding Bakery on baking with vanilla, book signings and more.

See chef Manju Malhi, below, at National Real Vanilla Day, on why she uses Real Vanilla:


"...we could lose pure vanilla within a generation if we don't act now." -- Patricia Rain

The film below features sustainability expert, Patricia Rain, (dubbed 'The Vanilla Queen' by the vanilla farmers on the equatorial belt due to her tireless efforts on their behalf to educate the Western world on the importance of using real vanilla) talking at natural ingredient company, LittlePod's, first anniversary at the Chelsea Physic Garden.

The film also features Patisserie Valerie's executive chef, Leonel Gouveia, Chef & owner of The Vanilla Pod Restaurant, Marlow, Michael Macdonald, Chef & author, Manju Malhi & author of 'Vanilla: Travels in search of the Luscious Substance', Tim Ecott.

Bickleigh Castle, Devon

national real vanilla DAY 2015

Award-winning Devon tearooms, Bumble and Bee, is to play host to celebrations marking this year’s National Real Vanilla Day 2015.

The free event, in the style of a ‘country fair’, takes place on October 17th 2015 between 10am and 4pm at the tearooms nestled in Manor Gardens, Exmouth, Devon. 

Janet Sawyer, LittlePod founder, said: “We’re really excited to be bringing National Real Vanilla Day to Exmouth. There was a huge amount of interest in the inaugural celebrations at Bickleigh Castle last year".

Several chefs and bakers will be demonstrating the use of real vanilla in cooking, including South West Chef of the Year Steve Ashworth, and MasterChef contestant Jim Fisher who has recently set up the Exeter Cookery School, will all expound the joys of cooking with real vanilla!

Head chef, Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant, Stephane Delourme demonstrated a fish and vanilla dish

National Real Vanilla Day 2018

National Real Vanilla Day