I came across this festival via twitter and the dates worked out perfectly because I was planning to be in Chester over the Easter weekend. I love Chester; been there a few times for business and leisure so I am familiar with its charm. The Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival took place at one of my favourite venues, the Chester Racecourse. The parking area and entrance were abuzz with activity! Since I had booked my tickets online, it was easy to gain entry by scanning our QR code. It’s always a good start to get attendees in swiftly, especially with large events like that with multiple entries.
We entered through The Pavilion which had a lot of food and drink stalls ranging from fresh meats, gin, wines to sauces. It was a lot to take in, and being the main entrance for the event, it was really crowded. We worked our way through and found some great products, Tigg’s Dressings being one of my favourites. The beetroot and other amazing original dressings were delicious.
The strawberry cider from Gwatkin Cider Company Ltd was the best cider I had at the festival whilst Mason’s Yorkshire Gin tea edition was top quality. The day wouldn’t have been complete without some good food! I had a gorgeous Hog Roast with apple sauce. Those olives from Khayri were out of this world!
The highlight for me was the BBC Experience Dome which offered another level of interaction at the festival. I really enjoyed presenting the weather and the news. Was great…I have the videos for my personal amusement.
The festival ends 28th March so if your around Chester I would definitely pop in, the festival also have the CamperFest and ArtFest so there is definitely something for everyone to get involved with, not forgetting the Chef Demonstrations from co-presenter of MasterChef Gregg Wallace and Brian Mellor award winning Master Chef of Great Britain.