On Saturday we went to the Bristol foodies festival on the Downs after winning tickets in a competition! Despite my love of all things food and drink, I had never been to a food festival before. I was excited but didn’t really know what to expect.
We were pretty lucky with the weather. Despite looking like it was going to pour down on a few occasions, it didn’t and turned out beautifully sunny! Yay!
The festival was made up mostly of food and drink stalls/vans with pretty much every type of food you could think of; Chinese, Indian, British, Greek etc.
I was pleased to see lots of children and families there and it wasn’t an issue with the double buggy at all. Other amenities like car parking, shade and the loos were good too, boring I know but important to know when your out with children!
We found that most food was an average price for a meal, e.g. £5 macaroni cheese and £7 burger. But I couldn’t help but feel it would be better if the stalls did smaller portions and lower prices. This way you could afford to try more food (tapas style), perhaps this is just me being greedy though!
There was so much choice of food to eat, it was really difficult to decide what to go for, and my eyes were definitely bigger than my belly!
Between the 5 of us that went, we managed to try quite a few different cuisines. We tried crispy duck wraps, lamb shish, duck fat chips, cakes, macaroni cheese, truffle cheeseburger, paella, garlic mushrooms, marshmallows and ice cream. Everything we tried was truly delicious but I think my favourites were probably the macaroni cheese and the cheeseburger! Clearly I was feeling the cheese that day!
Not only was the food selection vast, the choices for drinks was just as varied. All tastes were catered for from the champagne vintage van, to Pimms teapot, a pirate rum based ship, a tequila shack, real ale pub tent, coffee bar, vintage tea and many more.
A little overwhelming for myself, having not really drunk alcohol in almost a year, hence I had trouble deciding what to go for. In the end I opted for Gin cocktails, as they combine 2 of my favourites; Gin and cocktails! The queue was pretty long as they were popular (rightly so!) hence my decision to get 2!! A wise decision I feel! They slipped down very easily and I found myself quite tipsy!
Additionally there were market type stalls selling take home produce, cheese, cakes, macaroons, coffee, meat and Much more.
There were also 3 theatres with experts and celebrities doing demonstrations throughout the day; a drinks theatre, kids, cakes and food. You had to register to attend these on arrival, for which there was a bit of a queue. We decided not to bother, especially as the only person we wanted to see was Candice, the winner of great British bake off and she was sold out.
Furthermore there was a live music band who were great and the whole festival had a really lovely family friendly chilled out atmosphere to it.