The fantastic food festival is over for another year. I’d looked forward to it for so long, then it was gone in a flash! I took the Friday afternoon off work this time to fully take advantage of the event, as in previous years I’d felt a lunch hour simply wasn’t enough.
I arrived shortly after midday. The event had only been going for an hour, but already Victoria Square was buzzing with activity. The beautiful weather of course brings people out, but I felt there was an air of excitement too.
Queues for the likes of Chung Ying Central, Asha’s and Zen Metro were long as usual-these guys are always very popular, but lucky there was plenty of extra seating provided further down the steps this year, in additional to the large marquee in the centre of the square. Also too there were more venues taking part. There really was plenty of choice and it was quite hard to decide where to start. I always do a few laps round first to check everything out! At £4 flat cost per dish and drink atleast you didn’t have to try and compare prices.
I started with a nice glass of fizz from Bar Opus whilst deciding. I noticed the hake seemed very popular at the Opus stand, but not being a fish fan I came back and went for the pork terrine and piccalilli-I was very pleased with my choice, scoffing it quickly under the shade of the marquee opposite.
I also took the last chorizo sausage roll from 200 degrees Coffee, who do lovely food, not just coffee! I’d heard good things about the eggy crumpets from Waylands Yard, new to the festival this year, however I was already in the mood for dessert, so opted for a delicious tiramisu from Gusto.
Feeling the heat a little I grabbed a mango ice tea and headed under the canopy. I had a lovely fruit punch from the Jekyll and Hyde.
As well as the food and drink there were also two stages, one for music and one for cookery demos. This provided a lovely backdrop and you could easily dip in and out as you wished. I chose to watch the fabulous Glynn Purnell talking to the market traders, which was informative and funny too.
After this I thought I should head over to Purnell’s stand, where I had a rather delicious violet and strawberry ice cream.
Loki and Hotel Du Vin were also serving some rather delicious cool drinks and they definitely helped the mood;) I chatted to friends as they came and went. Everyone seemed to be very happy with their choices and the atmosphere in the square. The festival was a real success in my opinion and I look forward to seeing it again next year.
This event was not sponsored.
Many thanks to Colmore bid and all their hard work!