The food festival, obviously, is the place to go for all things celebrating food.
These festivals are wonderful events, and massive events, usually taking place in large fields and brimming with food, food, food beer and music.
You will also often find food animals like cute cows and sheep and poultry.
Well to be honest I have only been to one and it was a good day out as days out go.
Vast hanging platters with bubbling chilli over real flames. All kinds of takeaways to eat on the spot and stuff to take home too. Zebra steaks, cheese, pickles, confectionery and bread. Ice cream, real ale, burgers.
A wonderful place awash with wonderful aromas and flavours all served up in the middle of a glorious swamp of mud, wellies, discarded flip flops and sometimes bare feet.
All this against a background of live music, sheep shows, bubble blowers and other demonstrations such as medieval scenes and live cookery shows.
All delectable. All mouth-wateringly wonderful. All a feast for all the senses and truly a celebration of not just tastes, new tastes and old tastes, but of the social aspect of eating. Here are people coming to gether to celebrate what keeps us alive and in itself that is truly wonderful.
However if it is real food you are after there is actually very little of it at most of these fairs. Bread, yes. Cheese maybe - every stall seemed to be selling the same brand. I found one stall offering good wholesome organic vegetables, but these were not local.
I have, nevertheless, found one organisation the realfoodfestival in the UK whose mantra is this: "Real Food to us is about food that is as close to its natural form as possible and at all our festivals (from pop-up street food events to large-scale festivals) we celebrate passion-driven, sustainable and ethically minded producers and bring you the very best food you can find. "
Unfortunately for me, despite living in the UK, it is all too far away. I would certainly welcome any feedback if you have been to one of these festivals.
This Sunshine Coast Real Food Festival also looks promising.
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