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It was the time of the year for Foodie’s Festival, Brighton again which is always such a treat as not only do I get to go to a brilliant food festival but I love going to Brighton for the atmosphere, be beside the sea and all the amazing independent food places too or and of course the pic n mix!
In fact my first stop of the day was at Caramella’s where I somehow, quite easily actually, filled a £5 bag full of my favourite pic n mix before heading off down the little lanes to the Foodie’s Festival.
The Foodie’s Festival is the UK’s biggest celebration of food, drink and wellbeing. The festival brings with it the best Michelin star chefs and MasterChef winners cooking their favourite recipes and giving visiting their top tips.
It was great to see a lot of new products and stalls this year as well as some favourites from last year such as Betsy’s bakes cakes, which were as delicious as ever.
Highlights from the day would have to be:
My friend Charlotte isn’t a fan of gin and although there was some pretty good gin at the festival especially Carorunn, whenever it came to trying it she wouldn’t, as she simply doesn’t like gin. However, Rose Cottage Drinks’ gin liquor converted her especially with their delicious rhubarb and rose haw flavour. This gin liquor was probably the loveliest one I have ever come across, sweet and refreshing it would be so easy to just pour the bottle over some ice and have it on a sunny afternoon, it’s also a very good option to have with prosecco. Other flavours they had were elderflour as well as pear.
For lunch I had a tender, delicious curry goat with rice, slaw and fried plantain from Mama Jacques and it was super good. My only negative comment would be that there wasn’t enough of it! It was my first time trying curry goat and it was a hard decision to make with so much choice but I was very happy with it.
The que for this place was non stop all day so unfortunately we didn’t get one but wow they looked amazing as too did their chocolate macaroons ! The history behind bubble wrap originates in China where in the early 1950s, egg waffles firstly appeared in Hong Kong and became a popular street snack. People back then didn’t want to waste broken eggs which could not be sold to customers, so they created the egg shaped iron machine and blended egg with milk and flour to make this meaningful and tasty waffle. Some of the flavours they do are: Oreo Up which is oreo, vanilla and nutella, Matcha Break which is kit kat, matcha and salted caramel , Berry Good, strawberry, raspberry and nutella, yum! They also have a savory option which is salt and pepper egg and avocado. Having had another look at these insane looking waffles it was a shame we didn’t get to try them at the festival however good news is they’re located in China town in London so I know where I’ll be hanging out next weekend!
Despite the cloudy weather The Foodies Festival was still as good as ever. The rain didn’t put off people dancing to the live music or sitting out feasting on all the incredible food. It was good fun when everyone huddled together under a gazebo with their glasses of prosecco and bonded over just how crap London weather can be. At least everyone was in great spirits! We finished the day off by heading to The Mesmerist where we had more glasses of prosecco as well as a ginger cocktail and for the train journey home I had my amazing bag of pic n mix.
There was also this little tiny thing sitting behind me on the journey back home.
If you missed the foodies Festival at Brighton there’s still plenty of chance to catch it. It will be taking place at the following locations on the following dates. Make sure to check it out, it’s a wonderful day out that will leave you discovering some amazing food producers and most likely end up going home with a few if not more delicious foodie products.
2017 venues and dates:
London, Syon Park: May 27, 28, 29
Newcastle, Exhibition Park: June 2, 3, 4
Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park: June 23, 24 & 25
London, Blackheath Common: July 7, 8, 9
Cheshire, Tatton Park: July 14, 15 & 16
Edinburgh, Inverleith Park: August 4, 5 & 6
London, Alexandra Palace: August 26, 27 & 28
Oxford, South Parks: September 1, 2, 3