I'm quite seasoned at attending food events and have done so, several times over the last few years, but I've only attended one outdoor food festival before which was also in Canon Hill Park (Birmingham). This experience was disastrous. However, that was some years ago, so when the PR team at Foodies Festival asked me whether I would like to be one of their official food bloggers and also offer VIP tickets, I had to look on their website and social media sites to see their previous events. After seeing mouth waters photos and reviewing other bloggers who have attended this festival in other parts of the country, I promptly stated yes to being an official blogger and attending the event. I was intrigued with Foodies Festival approach to food: Pop up restaurants (something that you do not always get at other food shows), Chefs corner (featuring top local chefs and again something you do not see at other food shows), Masterclasses and Live music. I was expecting good things on the Saturday and was hoping that the weather would be ok, which thankfully it was or may have ruined my day.
Here are some of my fave photos:
The Chefs stage
Unfortunately Glynn Purnell's show was fully booked (although I arrived at 12:45 noon to book) so was unable to watch his show, however I was able to still take a picture with the headlining chef after his demo. I watched a demo by head chef at James Wong (Chung Ying), crispy fried chicken chow mien and salt and pepper squid. James shared that he wanted to share his dishes with the audience, although he was informed he was not allowed to. I (and others) happily tried a salt and pepper squid pieces :-)
There was a series of masterclass, which again was quickly fully booked, I was able to see the end of a confectionery masterclass by Fiona Sciolti and was able to take a quick nibble on some sweet and moreish confectionery, although I was unsure what it was.
Food lovers especially street food lovers, they was such an array of cuisines. Traditional fish and chips, Morrocan mezze, Jerk chicken, Pulled Pork stands, Hungarian cuisine and Indian delights. I was in my element and hungry just thinking about it! I adore street food!
There was a selection of pop up restaurants and bars with some well-known restaurants making an appearance such as Jamies Italian, Cider House and Wing Wah.
For those who like cake, sauces and bread, there was a number of stands covering this. I picked up some beautiful bread, cake and a quiche stand selling heavenly vibrant quiche fillings.
Disclaimer: I received VIP passes to attend Foodies Festival and was not required to write a positive review, all opinions are my own. As you can see from my pictures, I had a wonderful time. My only wish for next year is that there will be a larger chefs and master chef demo section.