Tuesday 28 May 2013

The Foodies Festival at Tatton Park

I get to do some great things being part of Blogs Up North, and last weekend we went to Tatton Park Foodies Festival.

The show itself was fantastic.It had a genuine festival feel and everyone was chilled and relaxed. There was live music all day and a huge array of stalls with all kinds of fantastic, quality foods. It would have been impossible to go home without a bag of treasure, especially as so many of the producers and vendors were giving out tempting samples.

Foodies stalls
Some of the specialist food producers
There was a massive choice for lunch!
We loved being out for the day in that atmosphere and not being limited to soggy chips or greasy burgers for lunch. I let our lot have a good look round and find what they wanted to eat and their choices ranged from Ribs, Gourmet Burger and Jerk Chicken to Spring Rolls and Thai Noodles. I had a meal with my VIP ticket and chose vegetable curry, which I have to say was the only disappointment of the day. It was nice and I ate it all, but it was made using frozen diced mixed veg, which I wouldn't use myself, and I wouldn't have expected to find it at a foodies event.

It was nice and busy, but definitely not overly full, so we could relax about not losing any of our 6 children we had with us. The weather was warm enough for t-shirts, but not warm enough to burn, so absolutely perfect for my pasty family.

We caught a snippet of  Steampunk baker Emilly Ladybird giving a demonstration

We even got to play in the Children's Theatre, with soup and roll making and a few science experiments too!
I was given a VIP ticket and a standard ticket, which cost £38 and £12 respectively. The VIP ticket gave me access to the VIP tent, a glass of champagne, a meal in one of the 3 main 'restaurant' stalls and a goodie bag which had a recipe book,a litre of juice and samples of California Prunes from some of the sponsors. I have to say I think the VIP ticket was overpriced, although the weather was very kind to us and had it been raining and I could stay in the comfort of the VIP tent then I might think differently.

Because feeding my lot costs a fortune I took a pack up for teatime, but I think I did us proud - they all seemed delighted once they'd filled their chosen cobs (I'm from Derby, that's what we say) with salad and cheeses and.....erm.....crisps....

There really was something for everyone, and including playing on the park after leaving the festival, we stayed all day until gone 5.30pm. We all had a really great day.

Watching the deer
Enjoying the drive home
The Foodies Festival is on tour and will be at London Clapham Common next from June 7th to 9th. For full information please see their website

Foodies Festival Tour Dates and Locations

London Clapham Common June 7, 8 and 9
Bristol Harbourside July 12, 13 and 14
Edinburgh Inverleith Park August 9, 10 and 11
FEAST Battersea Park August 16, 17 and 18
Oxford South Parks August 24, 25 and 26

I was given 1 VIP and 1 Standard ticket in order to review the festival.


  1. That's amazing! I would love to give them a try!

  2. looks like a great day out. im wondering whether to go to the clapham one, it would be fun! just not sure if we will have enough time on that weekend. i do tend to like this kinda thing though!

    1. You should try Anna, it's a really good day out.

    2. I'd definitely recommend it, all the kids had a great time :)

  3. We had a great day too, my only regret was we didn't get the chance to spend a bit more time with you all! It was a fab day though, we're still eating and drinking some of our purchases.

    1. And us! I can't believe we didn't bump into you at all.. :D

    2. We had a fab day last year, I'm a bit sad that we can't go again. Hope you all enjoy it. Thanks for linking up to #WHWH

    3. Cheers hon - you're welcome, and thank you for hosting! I'll miss you this time :)

  4. 'I Love Sausage' - ooh missus! What a shame your curry was a let-down. All the rest of it sounds delicious. A day thinking about and basking in food, heaven!

    1. I had to get a picture of that one!
      It was an excellent thing to do, plus we walked round all day for about 5 hours, so I probably actually LOST weight! Bonus :D

  5. Wow looks like a fab day out.

    The photos are making me hungry x

  6. Oh we were invited to the Foodies festival in London - there can be nothing better than a festival of food! Those breads look amazing!

    1. Those breads were amazing - I really must get them more often! The Foodies festival is fantastic, you're absolutely right :D


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