Bristol Foodies Festival 2017: Gastronomic Glastonbury

By Jessamy Baldwin

Donned the UK’s number 1 summer food and drink festival and a “Gastronomic Glastonbury”, the Bristol Foodies Festival took over the Durdham Downs this weekend and it was glorious!

Now in its 12th year, Foodies Festival attracts street food vendors from around the world, offering visitors the chance to take a culinary trip to all corners of the globe. Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours on offer. With everything from Crème brûlée campervans to flavours of Morocco and paella, it was a sensory overload.

There was also live music from unsigned artists such as Frankie Furlow and Kirris Riviere, healthy living workshops, a top chef’s theatre, artisan producers galore, champagne, wine, gin, rum and craft beer masterclasses, a chilli-eating challenge and even a burlesque baking performance.

The Great British Bake Off’s most recent winner Candice Brown was just one of the prestigious food professionals in attendance. Dean Edwards, TV chef on Lorraine and Josh Eggleton, Michelin star chef at The Pony & Trap, also gave demonstrations demos in the chef’s theatre.

The chocolate, cake and dessert village was filled with freshly baked breads, sponges, tarts, jellies and puddings, and afternoon tea could be enjoyed in the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea Room.

Caleb Joseph, brand manager for Beronia Txoko Club – who had a quirky wine van at the Bristol Foodies Festival – said the event was the perfect chance for foodies to “enjoy and relish” their passion for quality food and drink.

“There is so much going on here but it still feels intimate. It’s a brilliant atmosphere and we’ll definitely be back.”

People are becoming increasingly passionate about trying new food and drink, he added.

Visitors could meet artisan producers from the local area and across the country, ask questions about their produce and story, and stock up on delicious foodie treats.

To date, the event has welcomed over 3 million visitors and helped launch hundreds of new businesses and supported thousands of small producers.

Don’t worry if you didn’t make the Bristol Foodies Festival. Visit the website to buy tickets for the following festivals which are still yet to come. Hurrah!

London, Syon Park: May 27, 28, 29
Newcastle, Exhibition Park: June 2, 3, 4
Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park: June 23, 24 & 25
London, Blackheath Common: July 7, 8, 9
Cheshire, Tatton Park: July 14, 15 & 16
Edinburgh, Inverleith Park: August 4, 5 & 6
London, Alexandra Palace: August 26, 27 & 28
Oxford, South Parks: September 1, 2, 3     


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