(Main Image: This girls from Hetty’s Tea Party)
Being a main source of where the countries food is grown, nothing is more powerful at bringing people together in the Cotswolds quite like a Food Festival, and last weekend (17th – 19th July) it was the annual Gloucester Quays Food Festival.
Due to popular demand, headlining at Gloucester Quays Food Festival 2015 was Paul Hollywood, celebrity chef, who starred here before in 2013.
“After featuring in 2013 and visiting in 2014, it’s just incredible to see how much the Gloucester Quays Food Festival has grown in this short time, it’s enormous!
It’s fantastic to see so many local food companies getting involved; it’s really tough and competitive work to do what they’re doing here, but the people are lovely, and the location is beautiful, I’ll be coming back next year”
Charlotte Dobbins, events supervisor for Peel and Gloucester Quays is thrilled with the 2015 Gloucester Quays Food Festival:
|“This event has grown to be the largest Food Festival of them all for Peel, we also manage Manchester’s Food Festival, which is a large event, but Gloucester has grown so much, it’s really nice to see how the people of Gloucester have embraced the event”|
Whilst carefully making my way through the crowds at Gloucester Food Festival, seeking some naughty treats to be able to take home with me, I was able to meet some interesting visitors to the Quays who were having a fabulous day out in the hot sun.
There was something for everyone, and a new exhibitor for Gloucester Quays Food Festival was Primal Bakers from the Cotswolds, who use local natural ingredients in their Gluten Free tasty treats!
It was lovely to see Ali Attrill, of the ever expanding V Q Country Wines from the Forrest of Dean, involved this year, who was serving her incredible range of wines to happy customers. We will have an interesting article about V Q Wines published on Cotswold Allure very soon, so keep an eye on our Social Media for an announcement!
However Gloucester Quays Food Festival isn’t just for those who like to have ‘ready prepared’ foods to eat immediately or later. Gloucester Quays Food Festival is more of a celebration of food, and a large part of the celebration is to encourage you to create and produce your own foods.
For this reason, there were many exhibitors with a plethora of ingredients for you, to help get you started on your journey of exploring news tastes and texture. One of which was award winning Bacheldre Watermill from the Welsh Marshes, supplying all kinds of different organic stoneground flours.
The Rapeseed Oil experts Cotswold Gold were displaying more ingredients, from closer to home. Cotswold Gold is a premium extra virgin rapeseed oil made using traditional cold pressing methods that preserve the health benefits of the seed making the oil naturally high in vitamin E, rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 and low in cholesterol.
Until speaking with Cotswold Gold, I never realized just how flavoursome Olive Oil could be, and was particularly impressed by their Smoked, and their Lemon flavours.
The music, that many people were relaxing on the green with a beverage and listening to, included local artists: Kevin Howlett, The Strum Troopers, Silver Star, and many more!
Gloucester Quays Food Festival has become a huge success story not only for Gloucester, but combined with events from other Cotswold towns and villages, it’s another event firmly placing the Cotswolds on the map as a fun filled family destination that’s worth visiting, all year around.
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