From the 8 -11 August 2013 the annual Food & Drink Festival took place here in the sunny climes of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire (“up north” as we say around here).
This year we were blessed with very good weather and this of course brought out the crowds.
In addition to the food stalls selling everything from pork pies to fudge we had beer tents and stalls selling food from most continents in the world (Antarctica excepted).
As I wandered around the festival site I came across food from India, Pakistan, Argentina, Australia, Mexico, Mongolia, Greece and of course local specialties such as “fidget pie,” local sloe gin, regional beers from micro breweries and wonderful cheeses from Wensleydale (“more cheese gromit?”) and many other parts of Yorkshire.
They even managed to smuggle some Lancashire cheese over the border but this had been done at midnight when the border guards on the M62 motorway checkpoint are not always at their most alert…………and being a native Lancastrian by birth I did have to purchase some of the “crumbly Lancashire” but had to take it home in plain brown paper.
There was a special tent for the kids to practice their cooking skills whilst parents slipped off for a quick cappuccino or more likely a large glass of locally brewed beer.
There were several singers dotted about the site and I think the organisers had decided on a “positive action” policy of hiring the over 60s (with one exception)………..one in particular was doing a tribute to Johnny Cash.
Other children’s entertainment consisted of clowns and a lady with a key attached to her back inviting people to “wind her up”…………..
This year my favourite stall was back “The Gift of Oil” who specialize in olive oils, balsamic vinegar and oils infused with various fruits and herbs.
I have to say that the Sicilian oil that they sell is the best I have ever tasted, I could drink it by the half pint it is that good.
Yes, it is relatively expensive but it is worth every penny (about £14.00 for a 500cl bottle)………visit www.thegiftofoil.co.uk (please note I have no connection or financial interest with this company).
From my three visits over the first three days the public turnout was excellent and the festival has now become a “must visit” for not only locals but for people from all over the region………….long may it continue.