Foodies Festival: Day 3
So, today was my final day in Harrogate and I want to review the event as a whole.
As I said at the start of my 3-part mini series, I love a Foodies Festival. The atmosphere, food and drink on offer is always great and this was no different. I saw multi-award winning chefs and bakers, a staglicious chocolate venison, outrageously good biltong and some perfectly formed brownies…and they were just the things I featured.
My only negative comment was that there weren’t enough fabulous food stands for me, what was there was of a really high standard and really innovative. However there were a lot more non-food spaces which seemed a little out of place. I may be being a little harsh here because I’ve been spoiled by the outstanding Edinburgh and Tatton shows but I felt like there was less on offer than other Foodies. To give the brilliant organisers their dues, one reason was that the number street food vendors was drastically reduced because it was an indoor event. Don’t get me wrong it was still a brilliant event and a fantastic Food Adventure but that was a slight gripe.
To sum up my review of the Foodies Festivals that I attended in 2015 I’d say they were superb and always an improvement on the previous year. The quality of demonstrations and vendors improves each time I go. For me the Foodies Festivals encapsulate what I love doing, finding hidden food gems with new flavours and an interesting back story. It’s great to see some of the smaller producers expand and succeed in the big multiple retailers but don’t lose your personality. I want to find different, exciting and innovative foods; I want to enjoy it in a vibrant atmosphere; and I want to learn more about the food we eat and where it comes from.
Roll on 2016!