Welcome back to Wandering Wednesdays on Bewildered Bug! Every few Wednesdays, as I explore my surroundings, I’m going to post something about the area that I find awesome, inspiring, funny …. something to help me appreciate my surroundings more and something to show you what beauty there is all around you and to introduce you to the beauty in other parts of the world wherever you may be!
On my last Wandering Wednesday I took you with me on holiday to the historic City of York! This week, I’m doing something a bit different and showing you the great time I had at the BBC Good Food Festival at Hampton Court Palace over the August long weekend.
Off to the palace we go. How regal! As usual I forgot that a long weekend was coming up. Actually, this time I didn’t – I remembered a month before and was trying to plan a trip, but the Luv Luv had to be in Vancouver for work so the trip was postponed till later. Instead, I went out with some girlfriends, including my sister’s sister in law, Aarti. We went down to Hampton Court Palace (which is closer to where I am than I thought!) and enjoyed our day out at the BBC Good Food Festival.
Now I’ve been to many shows and food festivals, both here in London and in Toronto, so I was pretty sure what to expect, but Aarti has not been to that many and was a bit excited. I walked in expecting normal huge crowds cramming themselves against the booths for a crumb of whatever was being given away free as samples. To my surprise, that’s not what I found. The festival was spread out all along the formal gardens of Hampton Court Palace and in the centre, where the bandstand is, there was live entertainment and lawn chairs for you to sit and relax during the show. There were picnic tables set up with umbrellas to shade you from the hot sun (there was some in the morning – then it shaded you from the torrential rain in the afternoon) while you were eating the goodies you purchased from the nearby tents. There was a good crowd, but because the space was so vast, and the tents were spread out along the pathway, it was a joy to approach each tent, check out their wares, sometimes sample a bit and then possibly purchase something unique and yummy. Not THAT is what I think a food show should be like.
There was a huge variety of wares on display including King’s Ginger, various wineries and wine delivery services, artisan cheesemongers, vegan cake bakers, homemade candy makers, produce delivery companies, tea connoisseurs, coffee brewers, martini shakers and makers, herbal specialists, antipasti purveyors, a pair of very lively coconut aficionados and even a gentleman who made the most intriguing bread knives (hellloooooo Christmas present!). I wanted to see them all but got rained on halfway through.
Luckily, we had gone a bit later in the afternoon, so when it started raining we sat on one of the covered picnic benches and had a delicious tagine lunch.
Then we went to the demonstration kitchen and saw Mich Turner (baker to the stars!!) teach three people how to make a simple, everyday vanilla cake into a raspberry buttercream rose ombre tower of deliciousness worthy of oohs and aahs from even the most accomplished cake decorator.
This show is definitely one I will go to again – and perhaps next year I will actually take a look and buy tickets to see a few other demonstrations. I loved that it was at Hampton Court, and felt almost regal walking through it and spending the day happily on the lawn. Overall, a great day out – and although it was not a warm beach holiday, and although we got soaked through, the weekend took a remarkably positive tilt from that moment on – especially when, despite the chill in the air and the rain, a lovely lady who decided to grace us with her amazing voice in an impromptu concert at the Prosecco tent (which was our first stop and our last stop for the day)……unfortunately I seem to have erased the video of her (I am annoyed with myself) but I can at least upload a video of the steelpan band for you. Warning – it’s not Nottinghill, it’s Hampton Court, so they were low key and relaxing……
So, cheers to the BBC Good Food show at Hampton Court Palace – it was a great day out with food, fun, amazing company and excellent music. I have to say I enjoy going to these (thanks BBC Good Food!), but in future, because I had such a wonderful time, I will be attending the one at Hampton Court rather than the one at Olympia! Will you join me?