Firstly, I am so sorry this is so delayed. Back in July, the guys over at Tastecard invited me along to Castle Howard for the Great British Food Festival 2017. Castle Howard is a beautiful location for any event, with stunning gardens, which was fabulous for attendees as tickets to the event also included admission into the gardens.
I brought my beautiful mum along with me as my plus one to attend the festival, as we both love events like this and it was nice to have some girly time with her. We got up super early on a not so bright Saturday and drove from York to Castle Howard.
All of the stalls were open and ready for the huge amount of people who were to walk through the gates throughout the weekend. Across the grounds of Castle Howard was a designated area full of tents, stalls, food vans and more. I noticed many people had brought their dogs along with them and there was even a dog show.
I am a sucker for quesadillas, so when I spotted The Dilla Deli van across the field, I’d already decided that was what I was going to have for my lunch. I chose a vegetarian dilla which if I remember correctly, had a few different types of cheese and spinach in it.
Another favourite stall of mine was Ice & Easy, who sell a variety of flavoured frozen cocktails. I tried a few samples of the different flavours and then decided to treat myself to a mojito frozen cocktail.
Whilst having a wander around the different stalls, I spoke to some of the stall holders. Some businesses don’t really seem to know how to handle bloggers. I wasn’t fishing for freebies, I was just asking if it was OK to take photos of their stalls and asking questions about their products. When I spoke to one particular stall and mentioned I was a blogger who’d been invited to attend by Tastecard, the man said “Who?” – I don’t know if it’s just me, but surely you should know who the sponsor of the event is that you have a stall at.
I also spotted Nutalicious, who are a brand who have a shop in York, which sells handmade nut and dried fruit gifts. It was lovely chatting to the lady on their stall and I even got to try a few yummy samples. Cranberry covered in white chocolate – mmm yum!
A huge thank you to Tastecard for inviting me along to the Great British Food Festival 2017 at Castle Howard! I really enjoyed my day, all of the food looked and tasted delicious. The Great British Food Festival have already announced their provisional dates for 2018 – find out more information here.