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A decade ago, if you heard the words food and festival within the same sentence, you’d likely picture overpriced burgers and watery soup. But now, they’re known for offering gourmet delights from all corners of the globe, and, during the summer, there’s likely to a food festival somewhere in the UK each week. 

So why have they become so popular in Britain? To find out, we explore their rise, appeal, and what they can offer to food critics and fussy eaters alike. 

Unlikely origins 

So, when did the food festival start to really take off? The answer may very well surprise you. Many attribute its soaring popularity to the global financial crisis of 2008, specifically its influence on how we eat out. Before the recession hit, the majority of us went to restaurants to enjoy high quality food. But as it bit deeper into our wallets, we began to swap dining out for more affordable eating activities, including farm shops, farmers’ markets and street food. This notable shift in eating habits lead to a surge in food-focussed festivals — one which continues to grow. 

Universal appeal 

Very often, food festivals hold a universal appeal — who doesn’t love a tasty bite to eat? And sharing food or going out to eat is a popular way to bring people together. 
While only a few people are able to afford regular restaurant trips, most of us can spare a small amount of cash for a gourmet treat. A food festival invites us to expand our palate through an array of dishes, rather than just one meal, at a typically reasonable price. 
And even better, most are held in attractive locations, such as town halls and rural countryside. With all this in mind, who wouldn’t to sample a range of foods affordably, within a charming setting? 

Festivals near you

So, just where are the best food festivals in the UK? And more importantly, what kind of food do they serve? Well, firstly, there’s not really such a thing as the “best” British food festival; almost all boast high-quality cuisine, entertainment and customer service. 

To find the one best suited to your tastes, consider the types of food you’re eager to either eat again or try for the first time. If you love garlic, for example, why not head to the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival? Or you could explore the world of slow cooking at Smoke & Fire Festival in Maldon, Essex — Britain largest BBQ event. 
Some are even free to attend, allowing you to enjoy your summer and stick to a budget at the same time. 

If there’s one thing that can unite us, it’s food. So, what better than heading out with family and friends to explore Britain’s array of culinary festivals? 

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Just before Christmas last year, we were lucky enough to be invited to Hotel Du Vin for the first time, to try out their Christmas Menu.

We really loved the food and the venue, so were really excited to be invited back to try out the new menu they had launched. 


Hotel Du Vin is a luxury hotel and bistro in the centre of the Exeter city, where it's historic walled gardens and striking architecture make for the perfect setting for any occasion, grand or small. It also boasts a full spa and pool.

This gloriously grand building used to hold the west of England eye infirmary, and I was a regular visitor as a child with eye issues. There is even still a nod to this inside the hotel, with an old sign still hanging in the hallway.





I went for a classic French Onion Soup as my starter. If you have never had a French onion soup before, then it really is an experience you have to try! A rich onion soup topped with a crouton and lashings of bubbling melted cheese!

Usually a blow torch is used to get the cheese extra melted. I really enjyed it, it was so rich and full of flavour! 



My boyfriend went with the Chicken Liver Parfait with Brioche toast and Raisin chutney. It is a classic started, and one that Hotel Du Vin have really managed to pull off. The sweetness of the Brioche is a perfect partner for the smooth parfait. 


I had a chicken breast in a rich stew with vegetables. It was a real warming dish, with loads of beans and vegetables to go with the succulent breast. 

My only criticism is that it wasn't mentioned on the menu that it would be a breast with a bone in. I actively avoid eating chicken that's served on the bone, and breast more often than not comes without it.


As I side we had a deliciously creamy mashed potato, that was one of the smoothest I have ever eaten! Perfectly flavoured as well.


My boyfriend had a Hotel Du Vin Burger, which is a bacon and cheeseburger served with fries. The fries were skin on and beautifully crispy. As you can see, the burger is a generous size and covered in melted cheesed. 

Hotel Du Vin is a great location to enjoy a delicious evening meal, with it's stunning surroundings and spacial dining space. 


Food **** Service ***** Atmosphere *****

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Located in the heart of Exeter City Centre, Bill's Restaurant has been serving up breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas and dinners for years. Both impressive yet intimate, the newly refurbished restaurant is packed full of colour and charm.

The first Bill's restaurant opened in 2000, and now there are locations all over the country, including Exeter and Bristol.

Check out some of my other dining out reviews.


The new design sees luxurious velvet seating and some stunning chandelier centre pieces. We  were recently invited to review their food and see the new surroundings for ourselves. 


We kicked off our meal with a gin and tonic, and soaked up the atmosphere. The inside is full of detail, and has multiple booths as well as your normal table and chairs.

The outside has every Instergrammers dream, a gorgeous flower wall.



For a starter we decided to share some fried halloumi sticks. They are one of my favourite treats, and if I see them on a menu, I just have to give them a go!


These fried halloumi sticks fries were crispy, squeaky, and cooked perfectly! Served on a bed of salad and with a zesty Bill's Chutney, that was so tasty we even asked if they sold it by the jay (they didn't have any any, and I was sad.) It was a good portion size, and although it was a portion for 1, there was enough for us to share as a light bite.



My boyfriend went for a classic steak, egg and chips. The steak was cooked to his liking, with a delicious runny egg on top. The skin on fries were crispy and crunchy, without being overly greasy.

My boyfriend really enjoyed his steak, so it's a big thumbs up from him!


When going out to dinner, I do like to treat myself! I went for a Mac & Cheese with crispy bacon bits on top, which came with salad and garlic bread. It was heaven in a bowl, with a gooey and cheesy sauce balanced with crispy, smoky bacon.


We finished off with a apple crumble. What I loved about this was that the custard was on the side, there was plenty of it, and it also came with ice cream. I love the combination of hot and cold, especially as a dessert!

The restaurant as a whole as a really nice vibe, that makes you feel at home and instantly relaxed. It is a really great place to sit and chill over some delicious food and drinks.

Food ***** Service ***** Atmosphere *****
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Sometimes there is nothing better than a delicious pasta dinner. It's a real comfort food to me and I really enjoy every mouthful. This post was super popular on Instagram and loads of you wanted the recipe! So here it is!






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 Garlic Chicken & Prosciutto Pasta Bake Recipe




Extra Easy Syn Value: 0.5 Syns Per Serving

Healthy Extras: 1 x HE A per serving.

All syn calculations are my own, and are for guidance only. I am not affiliated with Slimming World in any way. These are meals and recipes that I have followed myself. This website is unofficial and in no way part of or representative of Slimming World. You should check with Slimming world for the most up to date Syn values using official resources such as the Syns calculator, Syns Online on LifelineOnline or by calling the Syns Hotline on (0906) 851 8518.

You will need:
400g diced skinless chicken breast
1 tsp Italian herbs
1 garlic clove, minced
3 slices of prosciutto ham, in small slices
1 red pepper, sliced
1 onion finely diced
1 carton of passata
Pinch salt and pepper
400g dried pasta
40g extra light cheddar cheese per quarter

Method:

Preheat oven to gas mark 6, 200°C, fan 180°C

Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray. Add the onions and peppers and stir fry, then removed and set aside when cooked.

Turn the heat to medium. Sprinkle the diced chicken with the Italian herbs. and garlic. Fry off and seal.

Meanwhile, par boil the pasta as per packet instructions.

Add the passata, salt, and pepper to the chicken in the pan, and turn off the heat. Then add the slices of Prosciutto.

Drain the cooked pasta and pour into a large oven proof dish.  Top with the passata, chicken and mix and stir until everything is mixed well.

Top with cheese then bake for 20 mins, or until cheese is bubbling. 


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Of all the pastries there are, filo is one that is the most manageable on Slimming World. It's really light, and also super versatile.

In the past I have made dishes like this Beef Filo Pasty Pie and Samosas. This recipe is vegetarian, super delicious, easy to make and low syn. I guess you could describe them as little British Samosas.


They are delicious on their own as a light bite, or are amazing as a side or picnic snack. The filo can go quite crispy if over cooked, so make sure that you keep an eye on them while they're in the oven.




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 Spinach & Feta Filo Parcels Recipe



Extra Easy Syn Value: Approx 2.5 Syns Each

Healthy Extras: None

Makes 4 lareg



All syn calculations are my own, and are for guidance only. I am not affiliated with Slimming World in any way. These are meals and recipes that I have followed myself. This website is unofficial and in no way part of or representative of Slimming World. You should check with Slimming world for the most up to date Syn values using official resources such as the Syns calculator, Syns Online on LifelineOnline or by calling the Syns Hotline on (0906) 851 8518.


You will need:
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic cloves, crushed
Low Calorie Cooking Spray
I bag of Spinach, stalks trimmed and chopped
75g Feta, Crumbled into small pieces
preserved lemon ½, finely chopped
filo pastry 2 sheets


Method:

Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

In a saucepan sprayed with low calorie cooking spray.

Fry the onion and garlic until soft but not browned.

Add the spinach and stir until it wilts and any liquid dries off (it will look like lot's of Spinach, but it shrinks a lot!)

Add the mixture to a bowl, then add the feta cheese and lemon juice.

Spray a sheet of filo and cut it length ways into 3 strips.

Put 2 tbsp of the mix at the top of each strip and fold each diagonally to make a small triangle, then continue to fold over down the length of the pastry.

Repeat with the remaining filling and pastry.

Place the Arrange the parcels on a buttered baking sheet and brush the tops with more butter. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and cooked through.


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There are a whole host of fabulous restaurants around the country whereby you can choose to enjoy a great evening with family or friends. This is great because it means that you are faced with a lot of choice. Nevertheless, it can also make it more difficult when it comes to making a decision regarding where to go. 

However, one type of restaurant which is certainly booming in popularity in England is Indian cuisine. More and more people are enjoying the succulent food and the warm atmosphere which is provided in Indian restaurants, and this article will delve a little bit deeper into why they are so popular.


First and foremost, the basis of a great restaurant obviously lies within the food that they service. Indian food is something which is generally loved by many people, and there is always something new and exciting to tantalise your taste buds with. Indian food is well suited to restaurants and provides the perfect way to make an occasion of something. There are lots of herbs and spices involved in Indian cooking and thus the tastes are intricate and inviting. Nevertheless, Britain is generally known as a place which is not accustomed to as much heavy spices and thus you can find dishes which are catered to the more delicate palette, such as the ever popular chicken tikka masala. 

Moreover, there is a lot more to the food than the actual taste of it. This is because a lot of the food made is influenced by religion and culture and so a visit to an Indian restaurant is actually something which is very enlightening and interesting, and so you can learn something new and make the most of your experience. After all; doesn’t a trip to an Indian restaurant sound a lot more exciting and intriguing than a visit to a pizza place? 

In addition to this, you simply cannot ignore the fantastic atmosphere found in an Indian restaurant. From the classy to the laid back restaurants with bistro tables, there are Indian establishments for all occasions. First and foremost, the beautiful aroma of Indian spices creates warmth and is extremely inviting. Furthermore, a lot of Indian restaurants tend to be decorated in some traditional art and adornments with lots of gold and warm colours taking centre stage. This also adds a lot to the whole experience as the place really enhances the dining experience and makes it an occasion to remember. 

A final point worth noting is that an Indian cuisine can actually be a healthy option and thus you do not need to feel like you are overindulging. If you stay away from cream based dishes then you are likely to benefit from a low calorie and low fat meal. Moreover, you can treat yourself to a desert without having to worry about the extra calories. This is because Indian deserts tend to be a lot healthier for you than other deserts.

All in all, it is not hard to see why more and more people are choosing to have an exciting and memorable night out at one of the many Indian restaurants; the food is delicious, the atmosphere warm and inviting, you can enjoy a healthy option and you can embrace a new culture – what’s not to love?
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I love trying out new ideas and recipes, but one cuisine that I don't cook enough is Thai. I really enjoy spicy food (as long as it is hot enough to still have flavour!) and also love a cool Thai Green Curry.

I had some chicken to use up the other day, and decided to go for a Thai style meal. This is my take on some Thai Green Chicken Strips and some Delicious Coconut and Lime Rice.

The good thing about cooking fresh meals at home is that you can control exactly how much, or how little, spice you want in the dish. I recommend tasting the Thai Paste for the chicken before adding any chicken to it, so that you can add more spice if needed. 


The rice is really simple to make, and I used a traditional Thai Jasmine rice.

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Thai Chicken Strips with Lime & Coconut Rice


Extra Easy Syn Value: 2.5 Syns

Healthy Extras: None

All syn calculations are my own, and are for guidance only. I am not affiliated with Slimming World in any way. These are meals and recipes that I have followed myself. This website is unofficial and in no way part of or representative of Slimming World. You should check with Slimming world for the most up to date Syn values using official resources such as the Syns calculator, Syns Online on LifelineOnline or by calling the Syns Hotline on (0906) 851 8518.




You will need:
Thai Chicken:

2 Shallots, peeled
2 large garlic cloves
A few fresh coriander leaves
1/2 tsp lazy ginger
1/2 tsp lemongrass (I used this)
1 red chilli, finely chopped
Juice and zest of 2 limes
1 tbsp of Fat free natural Greek yogurt
2 skinless chicken breasts cut into strips, or some chicken mini fillets

For the rice:

250g jasmine rice
1 tbsp desiccated coconut
Juice 1 lime
Fresh coriander, roughly chopped

Method:

Add the shallots, garlic, coriander, ginger, lemongrass, chilli, lime juice and zest and yogurt to a blender. Blitz to form a smooth paste.

Add the chicken strips to the paste mix, and move around to get an even coating.

Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray, then add the strips to the heated pan.

Cook for around 6 mins on each side, depending on the thickness of the strips, or until the chicken is fully cooked through. Always check before serving.

While the chicken is cooking, boil the rice as per the pack instructions. 

Add the coconut about 5 mins before the end of the cooking time. 

Drain the rice and then stir in the lime zest and juice, and the coriander.

Notes

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We all want our children to grow up into healthy, happy adults. In today’s society, kids spend
a lot more time in front of technology than they do playing outside. The western diet has also
contributed to increased obesity levels. So, if you want your child to grow up healthy and
happy, it’s important to introduce them to healthy habits early on. Here, we’ll look at how you can ensure your children develop healthy habits.

Leading by example

You’ll find it hard to get your kids to adopt healthy habits if you don’t lead by example.
Children soak up everything like a sponge. So, if they see you eating unhealthily, not
exercising and spending the majority of your time in front of technology, they are also going
to adopt those same habits. So, lead by example and be a healthy role model to your children. Don’t ask them to do anything you aren’t doing yourself.

Providing a healthy diet

One of the first habits you’ll want to focus on introducing is a healthy diet. Now, this doesn’t
mean starting a strict, restrictive diet. Instead, it means eating a good mixture of foods
including lots of fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, lean meats and fish.
Snacks should be limited, and healthy. It’s also a good idea to get everyone to eat together at
the table. Eating in front of the television is known to be bad for the health. So, if you don’t
already, now’s the time to start eating as a family at the dinner table.


Encouraging physical activity

As well as eating a healthy diet, it’s also important to encourage physical activity. It could be
making sure you all get out of the house together on a family walk once a week or taking up
family activities such as cycling.

You can also encourage them to sign up to local activity groups, which would also boost their
social skills too. Since many organisations and schools pre-provide transport from places like
Allied Fleet, getting the kids to and from their activities is much simpler. Encouraging your
children to take up group sports is a great way to build their social skills too.

Set a limit on technology

As wonderful as technology can be, it can also have a drastic impact on development. If you
want to avoid your children becoming too dependent on technology, it’s a good idea to set
daily limits. Consider banning phones and tablet devices at certain times in the evening. Limit
screen time for younger children and strive to offer outdoor entertainment wherever you can.
The above is just some of the best ways to encourage your children to develop healthy habits.
The earlier you start implementing them, the more ingrained they will become. It’s all about
finding a good balance and leading by example.
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What do you look for when in search of a gift for that special someone? Good value? Good design? Or something you know that the person would absolutely love?

It can be hard finding the perfect gift for someone you love, especially if they're one of those people who have it all!

There is something extra special though about receiving a personalised gift. Growing up with a name like Latoyah, it used to be hard to find ready made gifts or items with my name on, so anything that did, was made especially. 

I think this is why I have an extra special love for anything personalised. Throw in the colour pink, and I am absolutely SOLD!

The Gift Experience got in touch with me, and offered to send me some  Personalised Dartington Crystal Celebration Flutes with Sugar Pink Food engraved on them to review! If there's one thing I love more than food, it's Prosecco, so these really are the perfect gift for me.


They are handmade in the UK by renowned glass maker Dartington, and have a gorgeous hand cut ring design swirling around the glass

If the rich pink colour and engraving wasn't enough, they also have twinkling Swarovski Crystal in the centre of the glass. 

The gift comes in a gorgeous presentation box, with the famous Dartington Glass sticker. This means they can always be stored for safe keeping.


I love the colour as it is vibrant, yet delicate. The crystal really does sparkle, and catches the eye.


The Gift Experience have a really wide range of gifts on offer, and is a family-run business with the aim of bringing you the best gift ideas, personalising them and posting them direct to your door. They have won multiple awards, and specialise in finding that 'something special;.

These glasses are priced at £49.99 for the set of 2, and available to order here.
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The good British roast dinner, is there anything better than sitting down to one on a Sunday? I have taken pride in my home cooked roasts for years, but sometimes it's nice to enjoy a roast that has been cooked by someone other than me!

Devon is full of wonderful restaurants offering carvery or plated roasts, with lots of fresh local produce. I have often had difficulty in finding where is best to go, so decided to start the hunt to find 'Devon's Best Roast Dinner'.


A little while ago I went on the search for 'Exeter's Best Breakfast', and crowned my very worthy winner, The Daisy Cafe. I scored each venue based on the food, service and atmosphere to crown my winner. I put a shutout on Social Media to hear some of my reader's recommendations, and set about the task of trying them all out- who said that blogging is hard work!

What makes the 'perfect roast dinner' for me? 
Succulent meat, lots of fresh veggies, crispy roasted potatoes, thick meaty gravy and a perfect Yorkshire pudding/stuffing etc. It needs to have the correct balance between meat and vegetables, plenty of potatoes and enough gravy for every mouthful.

Check out my other Roast Dinner Reviews here

The Lamb Inn is located in the heart of picturesque Longdown, just a few minutes outside of Exeter. They offer locally sourced produce and great value for money, in a traditional pub setting. There is plenty of restaurant style seating, and large bar area.

They have a special Sunday menu, with a section of starters, roast dinners, and desserts. As well as the traditional Sunday dinner, they also had a beef burger with all the burger trimmings, and a roasted cauliflower as a meat alternative on the menu.

The beef option was roast striploin, braised brisket and all the trimmings, while the lamb was both roasted leg and braised shoulder.  I really enjoy plated roasts, but the extra freedom of being able to plate your own veggies is something I really enjoy. It's also great for presentation!



We were given a selection of mixed vegetables like carrot, cabbage and broccoli, with a cauliflower cheese and roasted potatoes.

A little extra thing that I really appreciated was the extra serving of the delicious gravy.





The potatoes were crispy and flavoursome, and all the vegetables were delicious. The creamy cauliflower cheese was the perfect addition to the plate.

The gravy was thick, rich and generously served over the plate. The beef stiplion was so succulent and deliciously rare, and the brisket literally melted in the mouth. The lamb was equally as delicious and tender.

It took a little while for our order to be taken at first, around 20 minutes, so we had about a 40 minute wait for the meal in total. It's always good to know that you are eating locally sourced food, and they are clearly very passionate about this, naming local produces that they use.

I really enjoyed the relaxed environment and delicious food, and would love to go back with family again in the future.
Food ***** Service **** Atmosphere *****

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