On the 14th-16th June a very special event happened locally in the form of Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival. I was lucky enough to go as a visitor and despite the drizzly weather the turnout was huge, and it was so nice to see so many people coming together to celebrate one commonality- their love of great food and drink.
The thing that makes food irresistible in my opinion is the smell of food cooking. Attend this festival and you will not find it easy to resist temptation. The only thing that I could quite happily resist was the freshly cooked frog’s legs and zebra burgers, though they were definitely a conversation starter and very popular with some people.
One of our suppliers Ross & Ross were at the show selling their award winning slow cooked Cotswold Lamb with Salsa Verde, it smelt and looked absolutely amazing.
The winner of the 2010 Great British Bake off Edd Kimber was also there, showcasing his talents in the cookery theatre. Since winning the bake off Edd has gained experience at Raymond Blanc’s restaurant Le Manoir as well as appearing on cookery shows, in magazines and at food festivals. His second book ‘Say it with cake’ is out in September and his blog can be accessed here.
What I loved most about the festival was the variety of food and drink on offer, there really was something for everyone and that was evident in the amount of people that turned up for the event. As well as food and drink, there was kitchen equipment, art, home accessories and furnishings and live music.
I couldn’t leave without saying hello to Fraser, founder of Fraser’s Fudge and after my partner sampled his liquorice fudge and I re-sampled the strawberries and cream fudge, we were very soon delving into our pockets to buy some. Needless to say, it didn’t last long so I will most definitely have to restock at the Big Feastival.
In the Cotswolds, there is a wealth of producers and suppliers and I feel very lucky to be part of a community where there is a passion and love of good food and drink. I will definitely be going again next year.