An Afternoon of Mooching at Worcester Foodie Festival 2017

“The beef was soft and full of flavour and those buns were just the best!”

Worcester Foodie Festival is an annual food and drink festival organised by Worcester Bid. This year it took place in the city centre on Friday 4th – Sunday 6th August. Even bigger than last year, the foodie festival had over 60 stalls offering tasty treats from food and drink producers, local businesses, bars and restaurants. There were also lots of activities for kids to join in with as well as live demonstrations, workshops, tastings, competitions and live music. Many local restaurants in the city also had special offers and discounts for those who wanted to sit and enjoy a spot of lunch indoors.

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Mr R and I were only able to visit for an hour and a half as it was a working day for us. We popped along on Saturday afternoon. When we arrived Jean-Christophe Novelli was on the main stage outside Cathedral Square presenting his cookery demonstration. We could only stay and watch for a few minutes as we were tight for time, but the crowd were really enjoying the show.

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Flint & Flame bread knife and knife sharpener

The first stall we stopped at was Flint & Flame, they sell the most beautiful kitchen knives I’ve seen. I was lucky enough to receive the 5 piece gourmet set of Flint & Flame knives earlier in the year as a birthday gift. When we spotted the matching bread knife (£65) on display, we used the opportunity to buy one to add to the collection. We also picked up one of the knife sharpeners whilst we were there too.

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As we walked back down the high street to find some lunch, we stumbled across Bodega Cantina on the masterclass stage showing people how to make Margaritas and other cocktails. We arrived just as they were giving the mixed drinks out to spectators to try. They looked fantastic, but sadly we couldn’t get close enough to the front to sample one for ourselves this time.

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We did however manage to get a drink at Aperitivo, The Travelling Prosecco Bar a little further along. They were serving Frizzanto 1754, Bellinis and Peroni. As the sun was shining and I’d managed to escape work, I treated myself to a Bellini (£4.50). The perfect aperitif for a sunny day and for soaking up the foodie festival vibe.

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The theme continued as we were somehow lured towards the next stall by the promise of vodka and gin. It was the gin I was particularly interested in and I asked to try the Two Birds Old Tom Gin and the strawberry and vanilla. It was a sweeter gin to the London Dry next to it, although not in the same way as the strawberry which was a little too sweet for me, so I bought a bottle of the Old Tom (£32).

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We still hadn’t had lunch and neither of us were entirely sure what we fancied. When we saw the menu for Dick’s Smokehouse the decision was instantly made for us. I really wanted to try the 14hr beef brisket with dill pickles, Worcestershire sauce and slaw (£7). In fact this sounded like an excellent burger and Mr R agreed. We asked for ours to come with the Ma Bakers brioche bun, which was no problem at all for an extra £1 each. The beef was soft and full of flavour and those buns were just the best!

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14hr beef brisket with dill pickles, Worcestershire sauce and slaw in a Ma Bakers brioche bun

In an attempt to walk off our lunch a little, we turned around and went back up the high street to see if there was anything we missed. The lovely Crowngate Shopping Centre ladies offered us a tasty Carluccios pesto croissant sample to try. They also gave us a goodie bag to take home with lots of great offers and vouchers to use at Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Carluccios, Bills, Café Zest at House of Fraser and Wildwood.

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The gorgeous sunny afternoon quickly turned into a thunderstorm with a couple of heavy showers. I was in need of a new umbrella anyway, so dived into Joules and bought a cute little dog print brolly, so we could brave the downpour. Conveniently situated opposite was a stall selling wine from Halfpenny Green Vineyards. I tasted the pinot noir which wasn’t to my taste, and bought a bottle of the new Penny Red (£7.99) instead.

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We made a run for it as we had one last purchase to make before rushing back to finish work for the last couple of hours of the day. The Chock Shop stall were selling a selection of chocolate fondant brownies, we decided to get a box of 6 to treat ourselves with at the end of our work day on Sunday. We chose the classic, rocky road, chilli & halen mon sea salt, double chocolate fondant, sticky toffee and a strawberry chocolate fondant (£12 per box of 6).

Even though our visit to the Worcester Foodie Festival was shorter than we would have liked, we certainly felt we had made the most of the time we did have. There was only one thing left to do now, unpack and enjoy our goodies.

There was no entrance fee to access the Worcester Foodie Festival and the event was very family friendly. Opening hours were Friday 10am-5:30pm, Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. More information can be found at www.worcesterbid.com/foodie

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