No Tent Required…It’s Foodie Festival Season!

It’s the start of the summer, even the weather is saying so and nearly the start of festival season…

We’re continuing our Taste Blog series with a twist on the music festival, in which our lovely Brand Manager and foodie expert, Claire Roper, looks at what’s trending in the world of food festivals.

This month, Claire tells us about which festivals she has her eye on and has her stretchy clothes ready for this summer season… she is not one for tents unless it’s a food tent! 

Leeds Indie Food Festival

This festival has been going on for a couple of years now and gets better every year. I have eaten local cheeses paired with wines chosen by Yorkshire Wine School (@yorkshirewineschool, @georgeandjoseph), breakfast for dinner @laynesespresso and dinner at the @oxclubleeds. It’s a month long festival with various pop-ups, workshops and collaborations across different independent suppliers and restaurants and tailored menus at many restaurants and cafe’s for the month. Leeds has an amazing array of independent restaurants and this is a great way to sample them. There are also food markets across the month such as Kirkgate market night market #KirkLate and North Eats at Belgrave Music Hall. I could spend too much money and all month at this festival! This year I am sampling @Manjitskitchen and a food photography course at @grubandgrog. Check out http://leedsindiefood.co.uk/2018-05-16/ for the itinerary… don’t blame me if May becomes a busy month.

Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival

I am very lucky to have what Yorkshire folk would call ’God’s own country’ on my doorstep. My family comes from a Yorkshire farming family & my Great Grandma made and sold butter to top London schools during the war, so food and drink from Yorkshire will always be in my heart. This festival is a great family event and at the same time is packed full of local produce. There is even a foodie trail around Skipton sampling everything from pies and fish n chips to chocolate! You might need The Dales afterwards to walk it all off! There are guest chefs James Martin, Gino Di’Campo as well as local chefs and live music. A reight good day out!  www.yorkshiredalesfoodanddrinkfestival.com

Taste of London

The reason I enjoy this festival, which takes place in June in Regents Park, is that it’s a great and affordable place to try dishes from new and well loved London restaurants. Last year this was the new Duck & Waffle Local (@duckandwafflelocal) where the duck burger and the vanilla fudge brownie ice cream made my day! It helped me cope with being 40 that day!! This year I am excited to try one of my favourite restaurants @ROKA as well as @Kricketlondon having been there early this year and their fried chicken was amazing! I have heard lots of great things about @ikoyi_london so that is on my list as West African food is not something I have eaten very often. @sorellaclapham and @clubmexicana (vegan) are also on the wish list! If the sun shines this is a perfect day!  www.london.tastefestivals.com

Black Deer Festival

I was alerted to this festival last week and having checked it out, it has appeal due to my secret love of country and Americana – am very partial to an episode of Nashville! The festival offers delicious food options, with the focus on BBQ… mmm who can resist all those sweet and tangy sauces and good old country music! Sounds a good way to spend a weekend to me. www.blackdeerfestival.com

Tower of London Food Festival    

This one is included as not only are there a number of great chef’s demonstrating including Masterchef runners up Billy and Jack (who also have a pop up in Selfridges this summer as part of their food festival and focus on British producers), Dr Rupy Aujla – who’s healthy eating advice is inspiring and the lovely Nadiya Hussain from Great British Bake off fame, it’s all in the grounds of the Tower of London. Hopefully we will have a long hot summer into September when this takes place – so we can all sit and enjoy a glass of gin or fizz in the grounds overlooking the Thames in true London style. www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/explore/tower-of-london-food-festival

These are just a few of the events I hope to enjoy as part of my personal life & role At GLORIOUS! Foods, hope I’ve inspired you to check out a festival or two this summer.