Spring has sprung- and soon we’ll be welcoming the Summer Makers Market!

A month ago, the first FarGo Makers Market was wrapping up- and what a weekend! Thousands joined us to welcome Spring in with some true FarGo artisanal style- and the sun almost came out too!

Shoppers were greeted at the Spring Makers Market with live music, cakes, and all the colours of Spring! We had some of the best makers, designers and artists from the local area, ready to welcome people to FarGo. With everything from artisan jewellery, ceramics, artworks, woodwork, and everything in between, it was an independent shoppers dream. It was all accompanied by Adam Kibble, and The Gloria Sunset Duo, playing everything from pop classics to rock’n’roll.

 

The streetfood was delicious! Cornography made everyones favourite corn on the cob, corn dog bites, and amazing nachos. We also had some fantastic vegan desserts from Cake Doctor– just what you need after a long morning shopping!

 

All the stalls were so good it’s hard to pick favourites. Some of the highlights had to include Seasonal Souls with her beautiful Spring inspired artwork, the fab fun jewellery from Frilly Industries, the amazingly delicate ceramics from Rolling Roses, and the most adorable tiny plants from The Cluttery– not forgetting the amazing psychedelic llama from Andrew J Mason, and the cutest pet rocks from Pie Art!

The Summer Makers Market is coming!

We’re very excited to announce the Summer Makers Market is coming! We’ve got the Summer edition coming up on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July- and we’re so excited! We’ve got more fab traders lined up. Some are returning for another fun weekend, and some brand new to FarGo, so make sure you follow the Facebook event for more details about traders, streetfood and performers!

For a sneak peak, we can reveal we have some fab fudge, concrete jewellery, tiny clay animals and much more from our talented traders, and even more great food from our friends Cornography! Keep you eyes peeled and stay up to date!

 

See you soon for a stroll in the sunshine!

 

Many thanks to Thompstone Photography for capturing our weekend!

FarGo Village Launch FarGo StrEat!

FarGo Village are launching their very own street food Friday event this Friday! On the last Friday of every month, FarGo Village are inviting some of the best street food traders to come together in Coventry and cook up a storm from 6pm – 11pm! There will be drinks, great music, delicious street food and a fab atmosphere- this is definitely the place to be on Friday night.

The first of FarGo StrEat was on Friday the 27th of April, we opened with our Pizza Festival! This event had a great turnout included street food from The Wandering Pizza Company, Bare Bones Pizza, Pizza Traders and Handmade Pizza Company. There was a range of toppings from classic Margherita, Cornish Brie & Caramelised Onion to a sweet Rocky Road pizza!

Event organiser Elyse Cadden says “We’re channelling London vibes where people can come to the village after work with their friends or work colleagues, grab some food, have a few drinks and have a great time! From pizza this weekend to tacos in October, everyone’s happy!”

After the Pizza Festival comes ‘Indian Takeaway’ on Friday the 25th of May, which will include all of your favourite Indian dishes!

FarGo StrEat event dates:

April 27thPizza Festival 
May 25thIndian Takeaway 
June 29th2Tone 
July 27thMediterrania 
August 31stBourbon & Soul 
September 28thAround the World
October 26thTaco’s & Tequila

FarGo Village Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/fargovillage.coventry/

FarGo Village Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fargovillagecov/

FarGo Village Twitter: https://twitter.com/FargoVillage

Guest Blog: FarGo’s Independent Gin Mini-Festival

I was invited to come along to FarGo’s very own Independent Gin Mini-Festival on Saturday 24th March. I’ve always been a fan of FarGo and what it stands for as they support small growing businesses and put on a wide variety of events from vegan festivals to beer festivals. FarGo is so diverse which I am sure helped Coventry to win The UK City of Culture for 2021. I am looking forward to seeing what they have planned.

When it comes to gin, of course I’m there! If you hadn’t already gathered, I am a HUGE lover of gin. This is something I’ve got into over the past year or so and now it’s almost always my alcoholic drink of choice. I loved the fact that this was an independent gin festival which showcased the best in gin surrounding the midlands area, opposed to the well known brands that we all know and love but get so used to drinking. What was great about this festival, was that there was no pressure to be a gin connoisseur, it was totally chilled, relaxed and you could have a chat with everyone.

First on my list to try was Burleigh’s Gin. I knew that the distillery is based in Loughborough, close to where I live, because a few of the local pubs sell Burleigh’s gin. I made sure I went for something totally new to me and tried the PINK edition gin.
It contains Japanese cherry blossom, hibiscus, rose and pink grapefruit. It was served with a Fever-Tree aromatic tonic and a garnish of pink grapefruit. I really loved how delicately sweet and floral this gin was having not tried anything like this before.

I then tried a (Minus) -33 gin cocktail which I think was called gin fizz. It was very citrus-y and oh so tasty! This gin is a botanical infused spirit that contains juniper, citrus, lavender and elderflower – a flavour combination I was a huge fan of! They had set up a cocktail station to look a bit like a laboratory which instantly attracted my eye, and everyone else’s it seemed as it was very popular!

Next was the Shakespeare Distillery gin. I love that they are trying to recapture the Tudor period of innovation by fusing traditional and in some cases forgotten ingredients with modern techniques.
I tried the Mulberry gin which is made by combining mulberries with Stratford Gin and leaving them to steep for a few months. It was served with prosecco and was utterly decadent with it’s very rich flavour. I am tempted to get myself a bottle as I love adding new flavours to my glass of bubbles!

Brockman’s Gin was a favourite of mine from the evening. Traditional notes of gin are combined with citrus and aromatic wild berries such as blueberries and blackberries. It was so smooth to drink and had the most wonderful flavour. It was served with fresh orange peel which really brought out the flavours in the gin. I definitely recommend this gin.

Lastly, I tried Sovereign Spirits, Elderflower and Gooseberry Liquer which was very syrup-y and sweet. That’s not to say I didn’t love it as it reminded me of elderflower cordial which I drink on a daily basis! It would be lovely to add this to a glass of sparkling wine.
Overall, I think FarGo did a pretty good job at selecting such varied gin distilleries across the Midlands. I was introduced to gins I had never heard of before and will definitely be supporting them over the bigger distilleries in the future. It was an evening filled with great chat, English culture and a hint of luxury. I will be talking about these gins for months!I also vlogged the event which you can view on my YouTube channel.
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A Cheesey weekend in the snow!

The Cheese and Chutney festival at Fargo this weekend gave us so much more than its name! There were nuts, seasonings, turkish delight, local vegetable produce and meat pies to fill our minds and our stomachs. It really was a fully fledged farmer’s market in its own right and luckily it was all indoors so we could hide from the cold!

Every event that The Paneer Wrap Street Food Co attend, I always make sure to have a paneer wrap. Their samosas and wraps are to die for (and another thing that helped to warm my numb fingers!) Completely vegetarian and super yummy! You could also wash it down with a glass of prosecco if it took your fancy.

 

My fiance and I bought enough cheese and other goodies to stock out our fridge; some lovely fresh pesto from Springfield Kitchen who provided handmade natural chutneys too. We adore spicy things, so ended up with some chilli chutney too and some Chilli cheese from Nibble Nose. (What a cute name!)

 

Never fear if you are a vegan too! Good Carma provided us with some lovely flavour fusions and it was also the grand opening of a new location for Totally Vegan. There is always plenty for everyone at Fargo’s events and that’s why I love them. There were plenty of tasters at all the stands and new things to try – a Cheese-lover’s dream.

 

The suppliers, as always, were so lovely, approachable and informative and it was great to see such a good crowd forming as we head into springtime. All we need now is the weather!

 

Guest Post written by Amy of Writing Into The Ether. Photographs from Thompstone Photography.

#lovefargo this Spring

So the snow has gone and the sun is shining (well sort of) and we’re in a good mood.  Time to tell you all about Spring events at FarGo!

We’ve got a jam packed event schedule to keep you entertained from old favourites like Vintage in the Village to our own independent gin festival, dogs, cars and much more.

 

This weekend specially for Mothers Day we kick off with Vintage in the Village , open Sat 10th March 11. 00 – 6.00 and Sunday 11th March 11.00 – 4.00 with live music, performance and oodles of tea and cake.

Take a look through our spring events programme, we’re pretty sure you’ll find something you like!

A Chocolate celebration at FarGo Village!

As the snow is melting and there’s a hint of spring in the air, Fargo Village invited me to one of their first events of the year – Chocolate and Prosecco Weekend!

Aromas of melted chocolate filled the market hall and tempted me into buying fresh hot chocolate from MoreCocoa, to sip as I wandered around the wonderful array of treats. With live chocolate Easter Egg demonstrations from resident gourmet chocolatiers, Choc n Roll, everyone had a great time and learned a thing or two along the way!

I bought chocolates flavoured with essential oils, beautifully melt-in-the-mouth cookies from Whoopee Cookies… there were also brilliant Vegan cookie options from Wicked Cookies so I was sure to scoop a few of those up for my parents. I never realised just how many different ways there were to use chocolate and the variety provided by the vendors was amazing! A chocolate lover’s dream and a great way to spend an afternoon!

Although the prosecco seemed well appreciated by the other customers, I couldn’t partake due to me being our designated driver. It’s a mistake I won’t make for Fargo’s upcoming event Cheese and Chutney (just in case there’s wine too!)

Guest post written by Amy of WritingIntoTheEther.com

Thanks to Thompstone Photography for recording our weekend!

Is This Your Place To Be?

Calling all artists, crafters, designers, makers, foodies and… well you get the picture! If you are looking to start, grow or expand your independent business we have a range of spaces available at FarGo including shipping containers, studios and warehouses and we would LOVE to hear from you!

Email fargo@fargovillage.co.uk with your business ideas, photos and social media links.

Guest Blog: FarGo’s Third Birthday

First of all, a massive congratulations to FarGo and it’s team on their 3rd Birthday! As someone who has been visiting FarGo for the last 3 years and watched the place grow and build with its vendors and the public, it was great to see this vibrant place celebrating its success!

I love a good market and Fargo never disappoints when it comes to these kind of events. This Saturday was no exception with the regulars being joined by small local crafters which got me very intrigued for the Halloween Market in October!

Residents PopBangColour and special guests,Two Tone Taxi joined in the festivities as the Boudica festival (which celebrates the talents of young women in the music industry) was in full swing with live music through into the evening.

A great open mic session followed on the Sunday, to keep us chilled and singing along in the afternoon. Vegan Grindhouse and Red Banger supplied the food, and Bubble Boba was my chosen place to drink (as it often is!).

FarGo’s resident businesses are it’s soul, so I wanted to give some shout-outs to a few of the vendors. Firstly, to the Rock n Roller Parlour for providing me with the best hair styling I’ve rocked in years with a more comfortable and different experience than anywhere else in Coventry!

 Next, to the Big Comfy Bookshop, for providing a respite from the outside world; a place you can relax with that book you bought with a cup of tea before you need to get back to reality. Finally, to Ronnie whose great collection of bric a brac keeps us coming back every time just to see what camera, trinket or great vintage finds are in store!

Choc n Roll, Astral Gypsy, Not Just Jams, Albie’s Boutique, The Green Unicorn… there are just so many shops that I can’t mention them all… But on behalf of all the people who love Fargo, a big thank you to the Fargo management team and all of you for making it a great place to hang out and explore!

Here’s to further good times as Coventry heads towards it’s City of Culture Bid!

This post is part of our new series of guest blog posts from the lovely Amy at Writing into the Ether. You can check out her personal blog here.

Guest Blog: August Bank Holiday Weekend

It was a scorching beautiful August bank holiday this weekend and to top it all off Fargo Village and their guest gave us entertainment for all the family this weekend.

Spanning across 3 days, with their Big Summer BBQ, Beer Festival and Face of Summer festival, FarGo was the place to be with its fabulous array of food, indoor market, charity stalls, animal encounters and of course, the locals!

During the weekend at the Big Summer BBQ, there was a mega hot wings challenge – completely free if you could survive the heat, although I am not sure how many managed it! Locals Saus ‘n’ Roll got involved with their marinated leg of lamb and Spangles offered a free drink with every burger as well as some wonderful guest caterers as always.

Twisted Barrel Ale stayed open all throughout to serve chilled drinks as part of their beer festival while the Big Comfy Bookshop provided some respite for those who fancied a bit of peace and quiet while the kids played outside!

There were fun craft activities for children with the societies in the craft hall, the Rock ‘n’ Roller parlour made sure we were festival ready with their glitter roots and hair wraps along with Sarah Jane Creations who did face-painting for the kids (and adults alike!)

Iris May Falcons showed off their majestic birds (the owls were so cute!), you could hold a ferret from Ferret Rescue and feed them peanut butter and even have an encounter with an Alpaca or three. It was so great to see animals at FarGo, and I can’t wait for more things like this in the future!

There truly was something to entertain everyone this weekend and the village was a hive of activity. FarGo Village has outdone itself for providing us with such a fantastic place to fill both our minds and our faces this weekend!

This post is part of our new series of guest blog posts from the lovely Amy at Writing into the Ether. You can check out her personal blog here.

Guest Blog: Independent Gin Festival

Last weekend at FarGo we hosted our very own Independent Gin Festival!

Fargo’s Independent Gin Festival played host to a marvellous group of gin vendors and festival attendees across 2 evenings of chilled and sociable gin tasting. Personally, I’d never been to a gin festival before but it was definitely something I’d do again!

Although I was a guest, the tickets for entry were £7.50 which seemed very reasonable. As you arrived you were given a balloon glass and purchased tokens to spend at the gin vendors’ stalls. Each vendor described the gin and allowed you to taste it and paired it with a harmonising tonic.

There was a great selection of London Dry gins and others spanning from very local, such as Langley’s based in Birmingham, to Scapegrace which is distilled in New Zealand. Many brands were known for the rich heritage of the place they were distilled, or were based on the origins of G&T.

My favourite had to be the gin slushie by Shakespeare Distillery, which was a completely new concept to me! They used their signature Stratford gin which is infused with all manner of botanicals and it tasted incredible!

Overall, the atmosphere was relaxing and enjoyable, the guests were happy and the vendors were informative, friendly and above all seemed super passionate about their products. A great night for people of all ages (18+ of course), whether they were a newbie like me or a gin enthusiast!

This post is part of our new series of guest blog posts from the lovely Amy at Writing into the Ether. You can check out her personal blog here.