Everything looked good as we arrived, a beautiful park with one end full of tents and food smells floating over the railings. I spotted the giant pimms teapot and was excited to get in. For me personally, whilst I thought it was a nice food festival, I'm not sure it lived up to the hype. From everything I'd read, I was expecting it to be bigger and probably more like the BBC Good Food Show than it actually was. It felt more like something you'd come across in your local town. That said, there were some great stalls there and we ate some excellent food too. It was a nice way to pass a couple of hours.
By far and away the best thing I discovered that day was this... behold the FUFFLE.
A hybrid truffle / fudge product made locally by one man in Bromsgrove and straight from heaven. His tag line 'Fuffle - is it Fudge or is it Truffle? You decide...' hits the nail on the head! We tried numerous flavours (there are a lot to choose from) before deciding to purchase bars of the chocolate & coffee, chocolate & orange and ginger. A soft melting texture and divine flavour, all three bars have already gone. I urge you to look out for these guys at food shows and if you can't wait that long, you can buy straight from their website here yippee! Go on.. give them some facebook love too.
There was a good selection of streetfood options there and we decided that all three of us would eat something different to make the most of what was on offer. I went for Goodfillas - stuffed, crispy pizza dough (think calzone). A great idea for food on the go - hand held and just gorgeously moreish.
My bro opted for lamb flatbread with mixed beans, chickpeas, hummus and tzaziki and Patrick went for dirty fries with pulled brisket, BBQ sauce and spicy beans from the witty 'Piggie Smalls' stand. I just had to take a picture of their menu - puns galore and lots of fun.
If you fancy checking out a Foodies Festival this summer - take a look at their website here. They operate them all over the country in some really great locations, so although you've missed the Birmingham one for now, there are others you can go to soon! All you need is the sunshine and you're guaranteed a tasty day out.
I'll leave you for now with a selfie of the three of us enjoying a homemade lemonade at the Jamie's Italian stall.