Yum! Last weekend I popped up the road to The Downs for the Bristol leg of Foodies Festival which, if you’re not familiar with, is the UK’s largest celebration of food and drink. It’s basically a touring food festival that aims to give punters the opportunity to try an array of culinary activities (e.g. eating) in a nice family-friendly environment.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect but, thanks in part to it being a totally beautiful day, the atmosphere was truly fantastic! The place was packed with locals who were out in force ready to try the food and drink on offer whilst soaking up the sun in one of the many seating areas provided. There was even a live music stage for those who truly wanted the authentic festival experience.
The idea is that you pay for a ticket which grants you access to the festival itself and then allows you to pop along to a whole host of free events taking place in the marquees.These include The Chef’s Theatre (where you will find familiar faces from shows like Masterchef and Bake Off teaching masterclasses), The Tasting Theatre and The Children’s Cookery Theatre. Although I didn’t take advantage of any of these (I know, I’m useless) they were all packed out with eager cooks! You can also mooch about the many food and drink stands available which are all ready to sell you their delicious wares! This could potentially make it quite an expensive day out if you like to eat a lot (hi) but thankfully most of the stands have samples available for those of us on a budget.
Now, I should admit that I hadn’t actually been feeling too well pre Foodies Festival and I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t fancy any of the offerings. This notion was swiftly challenged on spying the glorious giant bacon signage belonging to my dear favourites, The Breakfast Club. Could it be a mirage? Surely I wasn’t going to be able to consume the hallowed BC pancakes in my own fair city. I practically skipped up to the counter and all previous concerns about a lack of appetite disappeared as maple syrup was poured in my direction. It was a wonderful moment, and a bargain, I felt, at £3.50. My husband James plumped for the chicken waffles and was equally as thrilled, if that’s possible. With my newly formed attitude to eating I followed this up by trying every sample offered (there were lots – my favourite was the marshmallows from Grown Up Marshmallows which tasted like pure heaven), buying some macaroons and eating strawberries and cream. What a winner!
Clearly the biggest question of the day was which is the better name, Boy Meets Grill or Strumpets with Crumpets? I’m still torn.
I would definitely recommend checking out the Foodies Festival website to see if they’re coming to a town near you soon. London, I believe you’re next!
Massive thank to Foodies Festival for inviting me along and providing us with complimentary tickets. Although I didn’t pay to enter the festival, I did purchase all the food consumed and, naturally, all words are my honest opinion. I really just am that into pancakes!