This years festival took place from 7 – 11 August 2014 in the area in front of the railway station in the town centre.
My first visit this year was on the Thursday morning and things were relatively quiet with some stall holders still setting up, and pretty hard work it looked for some of them.
I retuned in the afternoon and by now everything was in full swing………..all the food stall were up and running (food from India, Pakistan, Mongolia, Mexico, Thailand, Brazil and many other countries was on sale) and doing extremely good trade.
My favourite stall was back again “The Gift of Oil” which sells the finest olive oils I have ever tasted, the Portuguese Alentejo one is very good but the winner has to be the Sicilian which is so good I could drink it in half pint glasses!
As usual there were entertainers, buskers and face painting for the kids along with a tent were kids could go and learn the basics of cooking (excellent idea, why don’t they do this in schools?……..now there is a novel idea).
The fair always attracts a small number of eccentrics and oddballs (all good humoured) but the strangest site I saw this year was a man with a pet cockatoo on a leash. He was sat at a table drinking beer with the cockatoo on his shoulder and I subsequently, saw him wandering around with the cockatoo still perched snugly on his shoulder…………you have to remember that this is West Yorkshire and there are some “strange folk” living around here.
Generally speaking the weather was very good for the first three days but on Sunday torrential downpours put a damper on the festival…………..but a guess three very good days out of four is not bad going in Huddersfield.
© Kindadukish 2014