Sunday 8 April 2012

Chester Food and Drink Festival

This weekend was the Chester Food and Drink Festival, which actually finishes on Easter Monday (tomorrow). Me and The Boy's family managed to get tickets for the first day of the festival on Saturday.

As well as food and drink stalls and local independent suppliers selling various food and drink goods, there was also cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs including Simon Rimmer, owner of Greens Restaurant and presenter of Sunday Brunch. We managed to catch his morning cooking demonstration, which was amazing; not only is he an amazing chef he is also a brilliant entertainer.

Simon Rimmer

Simon Rimmer
The festival itself was HUGE, with produce from some brilliant independent suppliers, including a company called The Gift of Oil, which sells infused olive oils and vinegars. I regret not buying their Lime infused olive oil or one of their matured balsamic vinegars (there is always the internet!) however The Boy's Mother did buy the pomegranate and fig infused balsamic vinegar which also tasted amazing- apparently it's very nice with ice cream!

The Cheshire Cheese Company was also there, a company I've seen before at Manchester Food Festival and Manchester Markets.  They do a delicious sticky toffee flavour cheese- sounds weird but is surprisingly nice!

The only disappointing part of the festival I thought was the limited selection of vegetarian food, however I HAD been spoiled the weekend before by the Chorlton Green Festival where ALL the food was vegetarian or vegan. Plus, I had a craving for a falafel and tzatziki wrap, and I think I may have been slightly bitter that no one was selling it- maybe there is a gap in the market there??

All in all a good day, but don't expect to have a lot of choice of food options if you're a veggie. If you like pork, as Sarah Millican would say "You'll be champion"!

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