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Tatton Park Foodie Festival

May 22, 2011
Tatton Park Foodie Festival

Tatton Park Foodie Festival

If there are two things that Didsbury Life particularly like, it’s food and a festival. If both are combined, then all the better. So, first stop yesterday was Tatton Park for the Foodie Festival – a festival which promised,

The very best that food and drink has to offer…

And it was good. In fact it was very good. It was big. It was very popular. And it was full of independent traders, some selling the kinds of produce you’d see on  most markets (but still good) and some selling more unusual produce. It catered for all tastes and pockets – from vegan right through to the most carniverous palate and from very good value to high end, uber expensive. So, on a blustery but sunny Saturday morning, we took a stroll around the Foodie Festival and this is what we found…

The smelliest, largest - and most delicious - parmesan cheese. Ever. Fact.

The smelliest, largest - and most delicious - parmesan cheese. Ever. Fact.

A few game birds, just hanging around...

A few game birds, just hanging around...

Chutneys, jams & preserves galore...

Chutneys, jams & preserves galore...

Tatton Foodie Festival

Tatton Foodie Festival - Temperance Drinks

Speciality fudges, chocolates & confectionary...

Speciality fudges, chocolates & confectionary...

Chocolate Wine. Yes - chocloate wine. Win, win!

Chocolate Wine. Yes - chocloate wine. Win, win!

Didsbury's AiryFairies made an appearance, too...

Didsbury's AiryFairies made an appearance, too...

Beautiful fresh Cheshire asparagus

Beautiful fresh Cheshire asparagus

The most enormous chocolate meringues we've ever seen...

The most enormous chocolate meringues we've ever seen...

If it's strawberry that floats your boat...

If it's strawberry that floats your boat...

We *loved* the Fairtrade wine in a tube...

We *loved* the Fairtrade wine in a tube...

Aromatic Greek Mountain Oregano...

Aromatic Greek Mountain Oregano...

All in all, a veritable feast of food & drink, and one which will keep us in good food and drink for some time to come. Or, at least until the West Didsbury Market on Saturday 28th May…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kellie permalink
    May 23, 2011 11:44 am

    We bought tickets off the internet for the festival because we had been to the Chester Food Festival which was amazing so was really looking forward to this one. But we didn’t agree with having to pay £5 additional parking on top of the tickets. And when we got in there we were really disappointed with everything. It was alot smaller than we had expected, and the food was more ‘Festival Food’ than ‘Food Festival’. We didn’t get there until 2pm but most stalls had ran out of stock. And hardly anyone was giving away free tasters / samples. The stalls that were was so busy you couldn’t get anywhere near them. My boyfriend wanted a burger, but the only stall he found was the lamb burger and he said it wasn’t anything special at all. Later on we did find the one stall selling exotic burgers but again they had ran out of everything. If your a vegetarian you’ve got no hope eating there really. I ended up having a fish-finger sandwich with chips!
    I don’t think we will be going back next year, think we will just stick to Chester and i recommend everyone to try Chester.

    • May 23, 2011 10:08 pm

      Hi Kellie – We visited the Festival & had a different experience. We’re nothing to do with the organisation of it. Might be worth emailing the organisers.

      Rgds, Helen

  2. Michele permalink
    July 8, 2012 10:07 am

    Visited the food festival yesterday, the mud sort of added to the experience, the atmosphere helped by the sunshine was happy and friendly. The day started, booked to watch 4 demonstrations, wine tasting, perfect pies, and 2 chefs, David Mooney from The Lord Binning and Tim Bilton from the Butchers Arms.A leisurely stroll round the stalls we were too early for the food! so we enjoyed a coffee and cakes.
    The wine tasting was fun and informative, Charles Metcalf was informative and witty. The posh pork pie was next which was ok but really just a sales punt.
    Next was the chef masterclass, we arrived 10 minutes before the start time, to find the tent full, no one was checking tickets so obviously “booking” was a waste of time. No problem though as the theatre gradually emptied as people got fed up of the inappropriate “banter” between Mooney and Green. Sexual comments about shape and size of his black pudding has nothing to do with a masterclass.
    We returned for the 3pm show with Tim Bilton, we sat for 10 minutes to be told that the demonstrator hadn’t turned up, 5 minutes later Green (to my dismay) came on stage and introduced a pork farmer, he lectured us on eating less and choosing rare, organic and free range food. I couldn’t agree more, but 15 minutes of this I didn’t sign up for. During this time Green was attempting to cook a pepper, without much success. She apparently was going to demonstrate how to griddle asparagus, grill bacon and poach an egg. Hardly a masterclass. At this point we took our leave.
    What a shame a great day spoiled by amateurish shows and bad management.
    I won’t be going next year.

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