It's that time of the year again -- August bank holiday! This also means that the Foodies Festival, the UK's biggest food festival, is coming to town. I won't be in town this year (flying off to Tuscany tonight -- watch this space!), so unfortunately won't be able to attend. However, last year, a bunch of friends and I spent the day at the gastronimically delightful event in the Alexandra Palace (or Ally Pally, if you're in-the-know) in North London.
I've been to many food festivals, and this one was one of my favourites! One big reason was because of the good balance between artisanal vendors selling their own bottled or prepared products ready for you to take home, as well as the purveyors who came in their trucks, and huts, and shacks, to serve freshly-cooked goodies to fill your tummies with then and there.
Another thing I liked was that they didn't require you to buy special tokens of some sort -- you could just use your cash or card to pay for items, which makes it a lot more fun and it felt less stuffy compared to other festivals that use the coin/token system too.
If you're a keen cook, they have lots of celebrity chefs coming over throughout the three-day event to give cooking demonstrations and tasting sessions too.
Some standout stalls were The Ugly Dumplings, who now have their own permanent spot on Carnaby Street, and The Big Cheese Melt, which had some poutine and lots of melted cheese, and even served Jarlsberg, which is a Norwegian cheese from Brage's home county.
Aside from food stalls, there were lots of drink options too, like the Leffe truck with many types of the popular Belgian beer available to taste and buy.
And how great was it to have some live music entertainment too! We even made a new musical discovery -- Danny Toeman -- whose amazing voice had us all searching him on Spotify right on the spot (I see what I did there too).
From a fortune teller in a taxi to some kid-friendly fun, the festival really made it a wholesome, chilled out event for the whole family.