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Days Out: Foodies Festival 2017, Tatton Park

As a keen eater of food, I can think of few things more exciting than going to a food festival, particularly a food festival on a glorious July weekend in the grounds of one of the great Cheshire estates – Tatton Park. We had VIP tickets for the day, so on Sunday we made the short trip from Didsbury to Knutsford to enjoy the Foodies Festival 2017.

Days Out: Foodies Festival 2017 at Tatton Park, Cheshire

If you’ve never been to the Foodies Festival before, it’s a bit like a giant farmers market, with lots of street food stalls and beer tents as well as little stalls selling kitchenalia and other foodie items. They also have some marquees where you can book to see various demonstrations, kids cookery, wine tasting and yoga if you’re so inclined.

The Foodies Festival does an annual summer tour around the UK, but sets up camp in Cheshire each July. It’s a real celebration of global food with stands and stalls from all over the world, plus local UK producers keenly selling their wares.

Days Out: Foodies Festival 2017 at Tatton Park, Cheshire

It is and it isn’t a family event. Both times we have been we have taken the boy and he’s quite liked it, mainly because he gets ice cream and a good hour in the excellent adventure playground afterwards. I guess being dragged around a busy festival while your parents swig samples of gin and nibble excellent cheese doesn’t really do it for most six year olds. Which is why booking tickets for one of the kids cookery demos would have been sensible idea had we thought of it earlier.

Days Out: Foodies Festival 2017 at Tatton Park, Cheshire

I’m reliably informed that Friday is the day to go to avoid the crowds, Sunday was busy but we picked our queues carefully and tried our best not to be too greedy. Between us we ate some delicious dishes; nibbling Spanish cheeses and meats, Paella, Calamari and er, chips and garlic mayo. We found homemade cakes and bags of fudge for pudding. Along the way sipped prosecco, mateus rose (it’s still a no from me), gin samples, raspberry juice and a lovely gin cocktail.

If you enjoy good food and discovering new and interesting things then the Foodie Festival is for you. It is busy, especially on the weekend days and the tickets are not so cheap that you’d just pop in for a quick bite for your lunch (VIP tickets are £35 each). With an additional £6 to park your car at Tatton Park, the costs of the day soon mount up.

Next time I think I will find a foodie friend to go with, rather than take the boys. That way I can explore things at my own pace. It’s certainly the place to go with a picnic blanket to sit on in the sunshine; listening to the live music and getting pink-cheeked merry on pimms or prosecco from the Bus Bar. 

Days Out: Foodies Festival 2017 at Tatton Park, Cheshire

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Note: I was given a pair of tickets to the Foodies Festival 2017 in return for this blog post. All images and opinions are my own.

Tatton Foodies Festival 2014

On what was possibly the worst weekend of the summer in terms of weather, the boys and I packed up and set off for the Tatton Foodies Festival. We were expecting Glastonbury like muddy scenes, but we were pleasantly surprised and the sun even came out for us.

If I were to describe the Foodies Festival, I’d say it was like a giant farmers market, with lots of street food stalls and beer tents as well as little stalls selling kitchenalia and other foodie items.

Foodies festival

When we got there it was lunchtime and we were ravenous, so we quickly decided what we’d have for lunch. I had a veggie pad thai and hubs went for jerk chicken with rice and peas.

Me being me, I couldn’t resist a drinkie and I headed for the Martin Miller’s gin tent for a refreshing beverage. At just £5 for a double it would be rude not to, and they mixed me up a delicious little number with grapefruit and basil.

Foodies festival

There were a great many treats to be had. I sampled a few gins, I especially liked the Warner-Edwards gin which is pretty new, quite special and something to look out for if you’re a bit of a gin bunny.

There was lots going on, masterclasses and demonstrations, massive queues for the goucho barbecue, good natured jostling to get the last portion of free ravioli (I never did get to try it, but it looked delicious) and hot, lava hot churros, I mean who can resist? Not this blogger!

If I’m honest I’m not sure I’m really keen on paying £12 per ticket, plus £5 parking to go to what is essentially a very big farmers market. Don’t get me wrong, we had a lovely time, but it wasn’t worth nearly £30 just to get there and get through the door.

Would we go back next year? Yes, absolutely. But only if I can get my paws on free tickets or if they drop the price considerably. It’s a lot of money for a family day out, especially when belts are being tightened.

Note: I paid for our tickets myself, this is just an account of a nice day out we had.