Oxford Farmers’ Market with Phil Keen


Oxford Farmers’ Market put on another stunning day for us (we have had awesome luck with the weather so far – touch wood!) The producers went all out as well, with some of the most beautiful produce I have seen yet…

Phil Keen was our Out Standing chef for the day, and he cooked up a Farmers’ Market spectacular with all of the products which he wandered around the Market and found, just half an hour beforehand. I still can’t wrap my head around how these amazing men and women can cook such incredible food at such short notice – although I am slowly learning (they’re very good influences on my fledgling culinary skills)

Phil battled both the elements and our pint-sized kitchen to put up a roast rack of Cressy Farm pork, no mean feat in an oven thats about the size of a shoe box 🙂 He also fried some Willow View Agria potatoes in bacon speck… someone really needs to invent smell-o-vision. I dont even know where to start describing them. Hopefully the photo conveys just how crisp and fluffy these things were!

My personal favourite was the Leek and Capsicum coulis that Phil put together in about 5 minutes flat, almost entirely from fresh and seasonal veggies – and you could taste the definitely taste the difference. So full of flavour, so simple, and I swear I could eat it by the bowlful!

There is just no arguing with ingredients this good. If you’re ever in the area and looking for fresh fruit and veges, I can definitely recommend Grown – their fresh fruit juices are incredible. Local cheesmakers Gruff Junction also does great goats cheese, in this case a fennel-infused Gouda which Phil put through a Springbank Green Salad, an absolute top-notch combo.

And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, we had the one and only Richard Lowe pop by to MC the event – turns out this Rugby Great is also a very entertaining speaker!

The crowd were definitely engrossed in Phils cooking, as well as his and Richards hilarious rugby commentary: there was certainly something for everyone when Out Standing in their Fields came to Oxford!

Enough from me, check out the all the action below in another of Blairs fantastic videos:

A huge thanks to Toni, Alex and all the Oxford Farmers’ Market team: couldn’t have done it without you! And of course, a huge thanks to our Out Standing chef Phil Keen and an Out Standing MC, Richard Lowe! We finished off our day driving to Methven Farmers’ Market and doing it all over again, kicking of their season with a special one-off night Market: stay tuned for all the details! -Kylie + Blair –


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