So, both my partner and arrived at the food festival, not really knowing what to expect, nor did we know the size of the festival, so it was all surprises. One thing hit us when we arrive, other than the amount of people, it was the wonder smells and sites that we experienced. Fresh coffee to the left, cakes to the right, curry and spices filled the air, along with the wonderful smell of freshly cooked fish and so much more.
I certainly felt like a kid in a sweet shop and wanted to try everything that was possible, but I wanted to be reserved and I did hold back a little, and that was for good reason.
The first stall that we stopped at, well I could have spent half of the day at the stall trying the variety of cakes, meringues and more that was to offer from Flower & White. I can sum up the cakes in one word – beautiful. These cakes were moist, seriously delicious and what a variety of flavours, oh and fairly priced which is always a bonus.
We walked along the rest of the main street and found what I can only describe as one awesome vegan and raw cake company. Now I have been making some of my own vegan recipes, in fact I made some awesome Vegan Chocolate Brownies, why not check it out and see what you think.
Anyway back to these vegan and raw cakes and treats, well Sukha Lounge made some fantastic treats, they looked fantastic. Unfortunately I didn’t get to try any but they have a cafe in Boscombe, Bournemouth, so I will be going in for a coffee and a cake and will come back with how they are. But I did manage to get a snap with the lovely lady who owns the businesses and invited me for a coffee and cake.
I know what you are think, he’s focusing on cakes, well that might be true at the moment, but keep reading.
Now as I said previously, I had no idea how big the food festival was but was pointed in the right direction and ended up on the quay. Now I had no idea that there was so much down there and certainly no idea how big that part of the festival was, there was live music, fantastic stalls selling everything from grilled cheese, chocolate, burgers, pizzas, fish and chips and a stand selling fresh coconuts with a choice of additional flavours. Tropical Grove was fantastic and the queue to get a coconut was 30 minutes plus!! Anyway the gent who was running the stand, he was cutting the coconuts, and getting them ready for us punters.
There were several flavour combinations to choose from and I did struggle, but when I asked for a suggestion I was told green apple and watermelon was the best, and if I wanted he could also add some rum, but because I was driving I declined the rum. Anyway this was my first time having a fresh coconut water and I have to say that this was amazing and I will be having one again for sure.
Anyway here is a short video of the coconut drink being prepared.
So after such a wonderful time and experiencing some brilliant food, there was only one way that I wanted to end this and that was with a chicken tikka wrap from The Curry Man. Now I like indian food, I lived in Bradford when I studied at university, so I know what a good curry tastes like, these guys are amazing at what they do and I have never experienced the flavours, they way the meat was marinaded before, this is definaitly one of the best chicken tikka wraps I have ever eaten.
Let me know if you go to any food festivals and what you think of them, also suggest others that I can go too as well, please share!!
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