Monday, 2 May 2016

Foodies Festival Birmingham Ticket Giveaway

Foodies Festival returns to Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham on 3rd - 5th June 2016 for the second year and it looks set to be a great show. I do love a good food festival and having attended last year, this is a great affordable festival for food lovers and also for a day out for families. I reviewed my experience last year, take a read here. This year is likely to be bigger and better with the Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain headlining, alongside some well-known chefs from the area such as Acktar Islam (from the Lasan group) and James Wong (from Chung Ying).

Alongside the chefs theatre where top chefs will be cooking some of their favourite meals, there are other areas which you must check out such as:
  • Cake and Baking Tasting Theatre - bakers will be showing how to make show stopping cakes and Summer bakes. There is also a vintage tea room, where enjoy afternoon tea, homemade scones and cakes all served by vintage styles tea ladies and gentlemen.
  • Feast - Street Food. This is usually one of my favourite things about food festivals, trying food from all over the world. Visitors will not be disappointed with street food on offer from Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican and African (wait where's the Caribbean food ?:-) ). There's also an emphasis on Brazillian food as Brazil is hosting the world cup; think the national dish Feijoada and the national cocktail Caipirinha. 
  • Shop - Artisan Produce. There's over 120 food producer stalls and I'm a big fan of purchasing artisan produce. I suggest you visit with some extra pennies and sample a range of great range of food products.
  • Sip - Drinks Theatre. For those that love cocktails and drinks, you need to visit this theatre. Learn from expert biologists and also participate in a blindfolded whisky challenges. 
  • Crunch - perhaps for the brave, sample a range of insects including grasshoppers, caterpillar, beetles and many more at the Vietnamese Street Food Stand. Not for the faint hearted. 
  • Childrens Cookery School - Little foodies can participate in pizza and cupcake making classes. 
  • Spice It Up Chilli- Eating Challenge - participate in the chilli eating challenge.
  • Live Music and Pop Up Bars. If you need to relax, then chill to live music and pop up bars. 
Ticket Prices range from £10 for a Friday ticket, £14 for a Saturday/Sunday ticket and £20.00 if you want to visit for all three days. VIP tickets cost £38, this includes a glass of champagne, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, show guide and a goody bag. Children under 12 go free. 

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Saturday, 4 July 2015

Round Up of Foodie Goodies #6 May-June 2015

It has been another bumper couple of months here at Food Glorious Food of reviewing, hosting giveaways, but mainly I've been cooking and launching my Youtube Channel where I hope to share many Jamaican and Caribbeaan inspired recipes. My Elvis Presley Pancakes were also featured in The Guardian a couple of weeks ago, which was brilliant. I have amassed a number of cookbooks which will feature on the blond in the next month or so. But here are some of the wonderful things which have passed through my kitchen and what I have been up to.

It is picnic season, loved by children and adults, there is nothing more comforting than bringing homemade food, to eat outdoors (ideally in a beautiful setting) and spending time with those that you love. The Picnic Cookbook by Laura Mason is a beautiful collection of recipes that broadened my perception of picnic food and is one which I'll be cooking from for some time. I thoroughly enjoyed writing my review post and preparing a number of dishes from this book.

Hungry Uncle BBQ Sauce
Hungry Uncle BBQ Sauces specialises (as you probably guess) in BBQ sauces. Hungry Uncle premium sauce in Bajan (Barbados) BBQ sauce, something that I have never tried before, but was a wonderful addition to my love of Caribbean sauces. I made oven baked Bajan BBQ chicken which I served with rice and peas. Simply divine.

Finnish product
The lovely people at Finnish asked me my ideas of my Ultimate Dinner Party, a tough one with so many ideas and people to invite, but after the Ultimate Dinner, comes the inevitable washing up. Finish have a range of dish washing tablets to make life a little easier, which my dishwasher was very grateful for.

Foodies Festival
Foodies Festival came to Birmingham. Yay. This was a fabulous day, although there were some areas which would benefit from improvement. On a positive, I was able to take my photo with the very talented and Saturday Kitchen regular, Glyn Purnell.

BBC Good Food Show Summer
Without a doubt the BEST food show in the UK, read how I got on and my backstage access. How fabulous.

Wicked Good Burgers by Andy Harts, Chris Hart and Andrea Pyenson.
I love a good burger, I really do. I have to many burger recipe cookbooks, but I truly believe you can never have too many. There is a comprehensive introduction to the very loveable burgers, from how to grind your meat, shaping your burgers to the different cooking methods. 

The chapters in the book are split into:
  • The Basics of Burgers.
  • Burgers 101, recipes to try include: Our Perfect Turkey Burger and Sous Vide BurgerAmerican Classics, stand out recipes include: Hills Country Bisket Burger, Beach House Burger and Diner Styled Cheese Burger.
  • Where's The Beef, recipes to try include: Duck Burger, 647 Breakfast Burger and Lamb Juicy Lucy.
  • Burgers Beyond the Borders, stand out recipes include: Gold Coast Burger and Caribbean Goat Burger. You Want fries With That, stand out recipes include: Sweet Potato Pub Fries,  Tempura Onion rings and Wicked Good Fries. 
  • Thats a Frappe: recipes to try include: Salted Caramel Frappe, Vanilla Frappe and Darkest Chocoalte Frappe.
I've made a couple of dishes, the double cheeseburger (the pictures does not do this dish any justice) and also the Vanilla Frappe, which was moerish, nom.

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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Foodies Festival at Canon Hill Park

I'm quite seasoned at attending food events and have done so, several times over the last few years, but I've only attended one outdoor food festival before which was also in Canon Hill Park (Birmingham). This experience was disastrous. However, that was some years ago, so when the PR team at Foodies Festival asked me whether I would like to be one of their official food bloggers and also offer VIP tickets, I had to look on their website and social media sites to see their previous events. After seeing mouth waters photos and reviewing other bloggers who have attended this festival in other parts of the country, I promptly stated yes to being an official blogger and attending the event. I was intrigued with Foodies Festival approach to food: Pop up restaurants (something that you do not always get at other food shows), Chefs corner (featuring top local chefs and again something you do not see at other food shows), Masterclasses and Live music. I was expecting good things on the Saturday and was hoping that the weather would be ok, which thankfully it was or may have ruined my day. 

I headed straight to the VIP area, you get to chill in a separate tent where there is plenty of seating. VIP's also receive a goodie bag, receive  a glass of fizzy champagne and on the Saturday there was a discount on glasses of champagnes, how fabulous darling!

Here are some of my fave photos:
The Chefs stage
Unfortunately Glynn Purnell's show was fully booked (although I arrived at 12:45 noon to book) so was unable to watch his show, however I was able to still take a picture with the headlining chef after his demo. I watched a demo by head chef at James Wong (Chung Ying), crispy fried chicken chow mien and salt and pepper squid. James shared that he wanted to share his dishes with the audience, although he was informed he was not allowed to. I (and others) happily tried a salt and pepper squid pieces :-) 

There was a series of  masterclass, which again was quickly fully booked, I was able to see the end of a confectionery masterclass by Fiona Sciolti and was able to take a quick nibble on some sweet and moreish confectionery, although I was unsure what it was.

Food lovers especially street food lovers, they was such an array of cuisines. Traditional fish and chips, Morrocan mezze, Jerk chicken, Pulled Pork stands, Hungarian cuisine and Indian delights. I was in my element and hungry just thinking about it! I adore street food!

There was a selection of pop up restaurants and bars with some well-known restaurants making an appearance such as Jamies Italian, Cider House and Wing Wah.

For those who like cake, sauces and bread, there was a number of stands covering this. I picked up some beautiful bread, cake and a quiche stand selling heavenly vibrant quiche fillings. 

Disclaimer: I received VIP passes to attend Foodies Festival and was not required to write a positive review, all opinions are my own. As you can see from my pictures, I had a wonderful time. My only wish for next year is that there will be a larger chefs and master chef demo section.


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Foodies Festival Birmingham Ticket Giveaway.

Foodies Festival, the UK largest food and and drink festival is coming to the heart of the Midlands, Canon Hill Park in Birmingham on 15th - 17th May 2015.  I adore outdoor food festivals; the atmosphere, the diversity of cuisines and the different age groups that all have a common love in food. I've seen many photos of Foodies Festivals on social media from the different cities that have hosted the event so I know the city of Birmingham are in for a foodalicious treat. 
Foodies Festival have been established for 10 years and a range of top well-known chefs will be demonstrating scrumptious dishes in live theatres. Foodies Festival is a very reasonable family day out, tickets range from £8 - £13 for a standard ticket depending upon the day chosen, however, those who want to indulge £35 - £38 for VIP tickets (including a glass of bubbly, goody bag, refreshments & masterclasses amongst other goodies), for children under 12, entry is free. Admission to masterclasses and theatres are free and is on a first come, first serve basis.

As stated there are a number of theatres and happenings at Foodies Festival.

  • Chefs Theatre - Ping Coombes, winner of 2014 Masterchef, Glyn Purnell Owner of Michelin Restaurant Purnells and Dhruv Baker, winner of Masterchef 2010 have been confirmed to sharing their culinary expertise on this stage. I am hoping to see all three when I attend the show.
  • Chocolate Cake and Bake Theatre
  • Wine and Champagne Theatre - Highlights including guiding visitors though the best of British champagne and matching food with alcoholic and non alcoholic beers. 
  • Craft and Beer & Spirits Theatre
  • Tasting Theatre - Local experts guide visitors through masterclasses such as "chocolate safari" and "how to sniff chocolate like a rock star".
  • Pop Up Restaurants - some of the regions favourite restaurants will be serving up some their signature treats. 
  • Street Food Avenue - a feasting hub serving a range of hot and cold dishes from countries such as Africa, French, Mexican, Indian, Argentinian, Brazilian, Japanese and Thai. 
  • Children's Cookery Theatre - a Kiddy Cook where little ones can learn basic cooking skills. 
The lovely people at Foodies Festival are offering 3 readers of Food Glorious Food a pair of tickets (one for you and a plus one).  To be in with a chance, please follow the instructions below.

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