Food is taking over the world. There are more foodie festivals than music festivals these days. I’m not complaining.
So you need to know which ones to go to ..right? I am here to help :- D
This is the first in a series of Festival Posts, you can expect previews and reviews from now until well..it doesn’t really stop.
To kick it all off we have Bristol Food Connections.. May 1st – May 11th 2014
Yes you read that correctly…11 days of foodie fun.
I wish I lived closer but as it is I will definitely be attending on at least one day.. The tough part is deciding which one.
With events ranging from foraging to tastings and talks on food blogging, running a food business and much more.
There is a huge food festival ..a food trail.. Celebrity chef demos ..walking festivals which include chocolate stories ( yay) and so much for the little ones to do as well. Something for everyone and because it’s on for 11 whole days it should mean that everyone can squeeze it in around work and life etc.
Areas which I want to visit include:
Slow Food – Ark of Taste Market and Pop-Up Pizzeria
BBC hub for some chef demos
The City Centre festival
Organix Family area
Next up on my calendar is GrillStock June 7th-8th 2014
Again this is in Bristol which is becoming quite the foodie hub this year.
GrillStock is a two day festival of meat, music & mayhem.
With a smouldering hot US style low ‘n’ slow BBQ competition, over 40 bands and 8 DJ’s playing across four music stages, Grillstock is the hottest festival in the UK, attracting over 17, 000 meat and music lovers seeking some southern hospitality.
We are big BBQ fans here and we can’t wait for this festival, it sound a bit different and a lot of fun.. Can they beat my new favourite ribs (48hr sous vide) I will of course have to try and see.
Next we are at The BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham June 12th – 15th 2014
This event in Birmingham NEC is the summer show and I’ve only even to the winter ones so far so I’m excited to see the difference. This time I WILL remember to take plenty of bags and adequate storage for the mountain of food products that I will NEED to buy.
As an official blogger of the show you can expect to hear lots about it over the next few months and receive some exclusive discount codes too.
Fast forward two weeks and we are hitting the capital for Taste of London June 18th-22nd 2014
I went to this festival last year and thoroughly enjoyed. Really excited to go again and this time without a huge pregnant belly so I can enjoy all the food and perhaps indulge in a glass of pimms. Woop. The festival is sponsored by Electrolux so you get all the amazing chef experiences that you get at events such as the Big Feastival. There are some new features this year such as the Secret Ingredient Experience which I will tell you about it in a bit more detail tomorrow with my Taste of London preview.
Moving onto August and Camp Bestival31st July – 3rd August 2014
You may look at this and say hmmm that’s not a food festival but it is .. It really is, every year I’m amazed by the variety and quality of food on offer but this year they have embraced it even more with a whole new aspect to the festival all focussed on food. YES. My daughters gets to dance to Mr Tumble and I can enjoy some apple crumble..or something like that.
The last weekend of August sees another food/music combo in the shape of The Big Feastival – 29th-31st August
This is a truly wonderful weekend, I missed it last year due to sickness in pregnancy and I was pretty upset about it but we went in 2012 and loved every minute. Hope to go again this year especially now that Izzy is a bit older and very interested in food herself as there is a lot of encouragement for children to get involved.
Izzy at the Little Dudes Den in 2012:
That’s all for now but look forward to full previews of the festivals we will be attending over the next few weeks and of course the reviews afterwards.. Warning they may make you drool a bit.