Forgot Arancini Bros – I’m the Arancini Boss!
On Saturday 26 May, Sicilian Donkey Street Food made its debut Festival appearance. I was lucky enough to win a bursary from Thatcher’s Cider. I set up stall to sell my artisan arancini and cannoli. The event was the Burnham-On-Sea Eat Festival and the feedback from all my customers was amazing.
I have been perfecting my gourmet cannoli over the past months. I was amazed with how well they went down. Many attendees knew them from watching Cake Boss make them.
In Sicily, we fill the fried pastry sheels with a sweetened sheep ricotta with choc chips and candied peel. I managed to find a local producer, Homewood Cheeses, to supply with the fantastically fresh ewes’ cheese. This gave them a real, authentic taste of my homeland.
Many were less familiar with my award-winning Arancini but, as soon as they sampled them, they were hooked. One customer, who originally came to me for cannoli was such a fan of the ham hock Arancini, she came back for a second and brought her whole family for a round too.
“You are the Arancini Boss” she told me. It’s a great compliment that I’m proud to accept.
I was so happy to receive such great feedback and I’m really looking forwards to my next confirmed event at the Longleat Food and Drink Festival on 24 June.
So get a date in your diary if you want to meet the Arancini Boss at Longleat where I’ll be selling my risotto balls and lots of other delicious Sicilian Street Food. The Festival is expecting thousands of people to come and James Martin and the Hairy Bikers will be the big name chefs in attendance.
I ‘cannoli’ hope I’ll see you there. If you can’t make it, why not call Claire to make a booking and treat your guests to a taste of Sicily, Somerset-style.