Food Festival: Woking Food Festival 2015
Is there anything better then wandering around a food festival trying new foods and drinks? I have been attending different types of food festivals/fairs/events for years. My first one was in 2001. Studying for my GCSEs my Food Technology teacher took a group of us to the Good Food Show in Birmingham. I spent the day wandering around trying new foods and being wowed on the things offered there. I remember coming away with lots of bags including a Christmas cake decoration, New York bagels (not in the shops then!) and Galaxy chocolates! Since then I have attended food festivals, food shows, farmers markets, country shows and much more. As social networking has developed, I’ve become more aware of them inc working on one whilst at university.
Whilst staying with my dad, I saw the advertisement for the Woking Food Festival, looked at their twitter page, website and this weekend we went. The festival had lots of stalls including beer stalls, jams and chutneys, sauces, breads and foods from around inc dumplings, kimichi, churros and sweet breads. Two surprise stalls, a BBQ bacon scotch egg stall and a doughnut desert stall. Cookery demonstrations with a wide variety of chefs inc Monica Galetti and John Whaite. As I’ve been to many of these over the years, you normally see the same thing again and again in the same area. I liked the fact that they had similar stalls but in different areas splitting them up. You didn’t get stuck in one area due to people traffic flow, behind pushchairs, able to que at ease and not fight to be served.
My dad and Michelle bought a chilli jam and Indian spiced chutney and some seaweed bread. On the Friday me and dad popped in for lunch and I had a very messy, greasy Greek Kebab, Dad had a Springbok burger and we got some cupcakes too. On the Saturday with Michelle this time, she had a savoury crepe, dad went for a deep fried ricotta balls and me a smoked haddock beignets and bruchetta. Dad and Michelle got a pint too and dad came away with some beers.Although I didn’t buy anything, I tasted more of Jimmy Gingers products, a curry with a ginger kick to it and a gin that caught the back of my throat.
Food festivals have grown and not just the Good Food Show, introducing new shows like Cake and Bakes I’ve recently attended. From what my Dad has said the festival has grown and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Woking Food Festival grows again. As a foodie person, the more we learn and be educated, this type of show will grow. I think personally we need to support them as they support local businesses which help local economy. The way to do this is through the expansion of the shows and customers been regular supporters of that business. Advertising and encouraging people to come and try something new.