Sunday, 8 June 2014

Foodies Festival, Clapham Common

Today we headed to the Foodies Festival on Clapham Common, near Clapham South Station. We thought it might be a washout, but thankfully the weather forecast was seemingly wrong, again. The sun came out and we really got into the festival spirit. Muddy converse and all.  


We had a great time, probably better than anticipated if I'm honest. I'd read about it on Twitter and also an offer for half price tickets, which made it even more appealing. Otherwise standard tickets will set you back £15.


We wandered around the stands and bars taking it all in, and then decided to book in on some of the demo shows and a wine tasting session later in the afternoon. I was impressed that you didn't have to pay any extra for these sessions, which meant the ticket price was really worth it.

First it was lunch time, we'd timed it well. I went for a halloumi wrap, which was lovely. The Boy went for some Moroccan chicken served by a local restaurants pop up kitchen. You'll find lots of street food stalls, wafting their wonderful cooking smells towards you and luring you in, perfect for your pre-drink nibbles. There's lots of bars to try, we found a beautiful Italian Cider to try, there's the Route-master Bar bus which was soon heaving.

We then went and found seats for our Chefs Demo, Glenn Cosby of Great British Bake Off (yaaay) fame. He was baking scones, ginger scones! And making a Grapefruit and Ginger curd to accompany them. It was very entertaining, of course we couldn't forget the scone/scone debate (I'm sure you know the one I mean). And also the way in which we dress our scones. Glynn is from Devon, and I have to say I'm with him on this.. As much as I love Cornwall. The cream comes first and then the jam. Who's with me on this one?

We then had another wander around again, and found some beer to keep the Boy happy and Pimms for me to sip. I went for the new Blackberry & Elderflower which I rather liked. We enjoyed basking in the sun on a double deckchair. (Hooray - it feels like Summer might be gracing us with it's presence)!

Next up the Vintage Tea tent. Here you'll find many a beautiful tea cup, massive slices of cake and tea pots with knitted cosies offering free refills. What's not to love.. Then there was some lovely swing dancing to watch too. The Tea tent was hosted by Vintage Feat who host vintage tea parties, afternoon teas, they also hire their vintage crockery. Sounds like the perfect excuse to plan a party to me!

I could have happily sat and enjoyed copious amounts of tea - what a lovely idea of free refills.  But we had to rush off and take our seats for our wine tasting. Jackson Estate wines were on offer. We had some lovely wines to try and the session was hosted by the owner of Jackson Estate, which gave us a real insight into how their wine is made.

What a perfect way to round off the afternoon!
Have you booked tickets for your local Foodies Festival? 
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