I’m a sucker for a foodie event. Any excuse to spend the day eating, drinking and discovering new food and I’m in! There are SO MANY food festivals to pick from and each is so different, so it’s sometimes hard to know were to start.
Well this year I lost my Big Feastival virginity and drove down the Alex James’ Farm in the Cotswolds to spend the day doing what I do best… stuffing my face! I have to say this is one of THE BEST food events I’ve been to for so many reasons.
Where to start? The food of course! This year The Big Feastival had over 50 fast food and drink traders lining the edges of the site, and I’m not talking naff burgers and crap fish and chips – I’m talking the best dumplings, insane corn-on-the-cob, mac ‘n’ cheese galore, THE WORKS! You are truly spoilt for choice and I learnt the hard way that really you need to attend all three days of the Feastival to try everything you’ll want to!
What’s more, each food truck, tent and terrace had a carefully thought out menu that not only catered for people wanting classic flavours but also for those who wanted to try something new.
Each brand also had a quirky theme or set up too. Be it Sipsmith’s Gypsy-style gin tent, Anna Maes’ disco themed food truck, Fever Tree’s tonic terrace or Jude’s seaside ice-cream truck, it really was the battle of the brands to see who had to most eye catching and crazy ideas!
So what did I try?
I started off my day with a dose of double carbs. A truffle mac ‘n’ cheese toastie made with Alex James’ Farm’s homemade cheddar cheese. YUM!
As if that wasn’t enough cheese for one day I then tried Oli Baba’s famous Halloumi fries. (Admittedly I’d had these on my mind before I even arrived as they kept popping up on my Instagram.) This was my dish of the day and I only wish I could recreate the spices used in the batter at home.
After a bit of a rest (and some gin) I decided I wanted something sweet and as it was 32 degrees, I couldn’t resist the luore of Jude’s Ice Cream. Not one to skip out on a foodie trend, I tried their Black Coconut Ice Cream which despite looking totally wrong tasted insane and I’m already hoping it makes it to the shops!
Breaking up all of the food was the chance to try out a gin and tonic master class, chill out to some great acoustic music from up and coming artist, Etham and learn all about sustainable no waste cooking in the NEFF Big Kitchen.
The Big Feastival has so many things to see and to do; things I didn’t sadly get chance to try. There’s cooking demos, skill classes, discos, a fun fair, live music, fun and games, competitions, book signings and even a marshmallow roasting fire pit! Next year I’m definitely glamping to make sure I have enough time to do EVERYTHING!
Back to what I ate!
Dish number 4 was chicken gyoza from Rainbo. I love gyoza and wasn’t disappointed by these. Freshly simmered right in front of me and topped with my choice of herbs, nuts and seeds it really was as good as ‘fast food’ can get!
After having the taste of something Asian, I couldn’t resist the smell of Pad Thai! I finished my day out with a whopping portion of chicken noodles that once again didn’t disappoint.
I was so sad to have to leave the Feastival after just a few hours and definitely could have stayed to stuff my face longer. I’m already ready looking forward to next year and will 100% be spending the pennies to glamp it up!
I’d like to finish this post of with my new life mantras as told by The Big Feastival chalkboards…