It never quite works out when we plan to have a lazy Sunday chilling in front of the TV with a good film and a roast dinner. We both get fidgety and need to venture out for a wander and a mooch somewhere. Today we took a short drive over to Hungerford as I’d heard there was a food festival happening.
I love a good food festival, especially when they are bursting with BBQ’s, burgers, and wafts of delicious smelling smoke drifting through the streets. So I went well prepared with some cash, a shopping bag (I’m sooo getting old) and a hungry tummy!
We only caught the last hour so missed out on the live demonstrations and a few of the food stalls were running low too, but the advantage was it had quietened down and we didn’t really have to queue to get anything and could actually take our time to mooch a little.
With over 40 stalls, sizzling street food, apple pressing and the leftover buzz of live cooking demonstrations there really was something for everyone, even though it was smaller than I had imagined it to be.
How cool is this giant pumpkin by the way!
As usual I took quite a few photographs, but I’ve managed to narrow down my selection and here are a few from my favourite stands:
Unbelievably delicious and easily my favourite dish from the day (I hate peaking early, but I just cant resist) I grabbed a burger from the Parsonage Farm stand and washed it down with some refreshing freshly pressed apple juice from My Apple Juice. No funny ingredients, nothing fancy. Simple food at its best.
If you haven’t been beef-ore you really should try to find out where they are next and give them a try or order some yummy meat from their online store.
Moving on I tried and bought some rather jazzy looking olives which tasked very garlicky – just how I like them!
We bought yummy sauces from Andi’s Finest Sauces and also from one of our favourite saucey suppliers – Chan Cham! We were both happy to see them here as we’ve had their fiery sauces a few times from a little café near where we live and always try to stock up when we can.
I spotted a little bakery earlier on so we headed back that way and found a table at the newly opened Eliane. It had a lovely bright, happy and welcoming atmosphere and you are immediately beckoned in by a worktop full of cakes and treats. I love how they tempt you in with the desserts first before you even get to see the healthy stuff.. great move Eliane!
At first I thought it was a coffee shop, but then realised they had a huge seating area out back and also served food too. So its kind of a cross between a coffee shop/restaurant. The service was a little slow, but they were busy and it actually gave me a good chance to take photos and choose what I was going to have. They cater for all types of diets too, dairy free, gluten free, soya and even nut-free so again, there really is something for everyone. One of the best thing is they support local businesses for their supplies and I always think that is really nice and a great way to support your community.
My flapjack, fresh juice and macarons were really good but the coffee was disappointing 🙁 the machine they were using looked top of the range, but the coffee was just like milk with a touch of coffee! The flat white we ordered was anything but a flat white.. sorry Eliane, but you’re missing a trick here!
So, all in all it was a lovely afternoon and I cant wait to get home, eat my olives and find a new home for our Black Pearl chilli plant that we bought!
Ooh and I nearly forget to mention this, but there was a fab little competition going on inside for carving veg into funny little animals! Now, how cool is this guy? ‘Froggy’ was most definitely the winner for me.
More photos in the gallery below