Harrogate Food Festival

Harrogate Food Festival 2015 Harrogate Food Festival 2015

Is there anything better than an afternoon in the sunshine, sipping Prosecco and grazing on delicious food? A couple of weekends ago, I was invited to Harrogate Food Festival at Ripley Castle - as a VIP no less, baby - and it just happened to be a gloriously sunny day, which worked out perfectly. 

I like food festivals that have a good balance between food-to-eat-now and food-to-eat-later. Too much of the latter, and it can be a little dull, and too much of the former and you've had all your fun within the first hour. There was a great mix of different vans and stalls, with plenty of different foodstuffs to try and buy, as well as some bars for a tipple or two. 

Harrogate Food Festival 2015

Harrogate Food Festival 2015

Harrogate Food Festival 2015

We sampled sauces and scotch eggs, drooled over pastries and piles of brownies. Emma was delighted when she spotted someone wandering about with a spiral potato, so we had to track them down immediately, and oh, how good they were. Half crisp, half chip and wholly delicious - particularly covered in salt and vinegar. 

Harrogate Food Festival 2015

We, of course, had to drop by Banh Mi Booth, and sample some of their piping hot pork dumplings. There was a wait, but it was so, so worth it - even if I did almost burn my tongue, so desperate was I to get them into my mouth. If you spot this gorgeous turquoise and pink van around and about, then definitely make a bee-line straight there. 

Harrogate Food Festival 2015

Harrogate Food Festival 2015

By then we were beginning to melt into a puddle - it really was warm, even this far North! - so we decided to abandon ship, but not without a quick stop by the Northern Bloc van. They do the best ice cream around - this one was caramel & ginger, topped with white chocolate popcorn. 

Harrogate Food Festival 2015

All in all, it was a very satisfying day! If there's one coming near you soon, then it's definitely worth grabbing yourself a ticket!