Brighton Foodies Festival: A foodie treat for the whole family
When I think of a Food Festival, I would usually picture my husband and I, sitting back and sampling wine and beer and a whole host of treats on a grass verge, sunning ourselves in front of some live music. I must admit, I wouldn’t usually think of dragging my four little people along to a Food Festival with me! But, we attended the Brighton Foodies Festival this weekend and I was pleasantly surprised that it’s actually a really family friendly event! With lots of other events around the UK, you might find one taking place right on your doorstep!
We arrived for around 12pm (it opened at 11am) and we were treated to a glass of champagne, some snacks and treats for the kids in a VIP tent overlooking some fab live bands. The kids had been so excited when we told them we were heading to a food festival so this didn’t disappoint! Our six year old who is, by his own admission obsessed by food, was ecstatic because he thought heading to a food festival would mean that he could eat – all – day – long!
If you’re thinking of heading down to one of the Foodies Festivals that are happening all over the country, it’s worth getting there as early as you can because it fills up really quickly and by 1pm, it was heaving! The rain began to fall in typical bank holiday style and so we headed swiftly to the children’s area. There was a bouncy castle, mini soft play, face painting and a trampoline which kept our little tribe busy for a good while but the star of the show was a cooking class and a Whizz Pop Bang Food Science class, which our children attended.
It was around an hour long and the children got to make some yummy dough balls and garlic butter – all from scratch…..including the butter! This involved milk in a jam jar and a lot of shaking - my little ones were amazed to watch the transformation from milk-to-cream-to butter. There’s nothing like seeing things with your own eyes to help them truly understand where our food comes from. After their cooking was sampled, the children were taught how to create some great Science Experiments with yeast and vinegar which involved some impressive bangs and helped children to understand how their dough balls had risen with the yeast.
After the experiments, we wandered in amongst the food stalls hearing about new foods and old, the children enjoyed sampling the delights on offer and it was great to see them try different cheeses, olives and dips. There were lots of interesting, unusual foods with beautiful displays – piles of macaroons, a Rum Pirate ship and Pimms in a Tea Pot. We enjoyed tasting and drinking our way around the festival.
Unfortunately, even after all the sampling, they still settled on a posh Hot Dog for lunch but my husband and I had a truly delicious Lebanese Chicken and Baba Ghanoush Wrap and the kids obviously all wanted a bite! We finished off our day by sharing some churros with divine milk chocolate sauce – it was the perfect, warming end to the day!
All in all the festival is an absolutely great day out and with children, it’s super good fun! The regular priced tickets are just £15 (children go FREE) which is a bargain as the day is filled to the brim. There was more than we could get round to in a day and loads of baking and cookery classes for the real foodies too!
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