I have to admit to being a huge food lover so when I saw that there was a food festival just down the road from us I had to go. Finding information about it proved a little difficult but we headed along to the walled garden at Bedgebury Pinetum anyway.
It cost £25 for myself and three of the children to get in. While it was very lovely there are only so many times you can walk around a food festival with three children in tow so we were only there for a maximum of two and a half hours so I feel a little miffed at the cost. To be honest I feel the high cost is totally unjustified and excludes most families from being able to attend an event like this. I am sure the stall holders had been charged a lot of rent to be there for the two day festival and I didn’t think it was very well advertised or information about it easily found, and it was fairly quiet. On what was a beautiful glorious summer’s day I felt sad for the exhibitors, some who had probably traveled quite far to get there.
However, we had fun looking around whilst we were there and the biggest dilemmas were choosing what to eat, which pig to scratch and which cider to buy. I found it really hard to choose what to have for lunch but eventually caved in to the Jerk chicken burger which was delicious! 15 year old E had piles of tender lamb with chilli chutney and salad ( gluten free of course), 13 year old C had spicy Portuguese chicken and 5 year old M had a BBQ burger but we were torn between salt beef, crab, hog roast and more. I even considered sneaking there today on my own just to try something else!
We were really pleased to discover that Taywell ice creams were gluten free and they had gluten free cones so E for the first time in 5 years could have an ice cream bought at an event!
Anyhow, despite my little gripe about the cost we had a great time, there was even entertainment from the magician Richard Bellars which the children enjoyed especially as they had seen his magic at my brother and sister in law’s wedding exactly two years ago. ( Happy Anniversary to you both by the way x )