This weekend Bristol Harbourside has been graced with the Foodies Festival, which is popping up in different locations all over the country this summer. There are lots of different food tents hosting cooking, baking, and beer-tasting demonstrations – whatever takes your fancy, there will be something for you. However, the highlight for me is the variety of stalls selling thousands of wonderfully different food and drink products, and the happy atmosphere with smiling crowds drinking, eating, and watching live music performances in the hot summer sunshine. I had a wonderful time at the festival today, so I have decided to share with you some of my personal favourites from the event.
1. Custom Creams
As you can see from the picture, Custom Creams offers their customers a bespoke ‘create your own’ ice cream/sorbet experience from a multitude of fresh and seasonal ingredients. You can even choose to mix together two flavours that are not ‘tried and tested combos’, so you can really get your creative juices flowing! Once you have chosen your flavours, you get to watch the very friendly men in charge of the magnificent machines freeze your chosen flavours ‘in a spectacular theatre of nitrogen mist’ right in front of your eyes!
I chose to create a refreshing raspberry and mango sorbet and it was absolutely delicious!
2. The Bourneville Waffle
I had this wonderful waffle for brunch and I do not regret my choice in the slightest. I opted for the Rocky Road waffle, although the Banoffe Pie waffle was extremely tempting! However, I just could not resist marshmallows this time round! My waffle was made with absolute precision. After being made fresh in front of my own eyes, my hot waffle was delicately loaded with whipped cream, crushed cookies, chocolate buttons, mini marshmallows, and topped with a generous helping of luxuriously dark chocolate sauce. It was crisp on the outside, whilst being light and fluffy on the inside, and there was enough topping to make every mouthful a spectacular tasty treat. It was rich and indulgent, and the perfect start to a fun and busy day!
3. American Kitchen
Unfortunately, I was so focused on getting the last slice of ‘Fat Elvis’ pie that I completely forgot to take a photo of any of American Kitchen’s beautiful brownies or pies. They had a wonderful variety, ranging from orange and raspberry brownies to the classic key lime pie. However, I just could not miss out on this wonderfully strange sounding ‘Fat Elvis’ pie, and was more than enthusiastic when I was asked ‘would you like candied bacon with that?’ At no other point in my life have I ever thought that I would want candied bacon, and especially not on a pudding pie. However, one spoonful of this wonderfully sweet and salty treat told me that I had made the right decision. If you have the chance, buy a slice of this peculiar pie! It looks magnificent, and it tastes magnificent! It is completely unlike anything you will have ever had before. And the portions are so big that I still have some left for pudding tonight. Good old American food and portions for you there!
4. Dimkins Patisserie
Today I had the pleasure of sampling Dimplin’s Blueberry and Liquorice flavoured macaroons, a flavour that I have never come across before. Naturally, I was quite excited about this discovery, as I am a MASSIVE macaroon fan. They were light and airy, yet crunchy on the outside, and beautifully creamy in the middle. The flavours were very subtle, which gave a lovely contrast in flavours without the liquorice overpowering the delicate blueberry flavour. With lots of different flavours to choose from, these will attract anyone who loves a little bite of everything!
5. The Fresh Lemonade
Last but not least, The Fresh Lemonade Company is the perfect place to grab a refreshing cocktail to sit down with and listen to the live music that has been put on for your own enjoyment. I had a wonderful Cherry Bakewell cocktail (left). All of these cocktails are made with the company’s fresh lemonade and are absolutely beautiful.
If you are heading to the festival tomorrow you are guaranteed to have a fabulous time. There is an amazing variety of foods and drinks for you to try and buy, and a multitude of entertainment acts to enjoy whilst you rest your feet and arms from all the bags full of fresh food (and the cheeky bottle of elderflower gin) you have purchased! I hope the summer sun stays out for you and that you have as much fun as I did today. Happy eating my fellow foodies!