I’m no stranger to food fairs and festivals. In fact I’d go as far as to say they are one of my guilty pleasures.
Stalls and huts selling everything from mulled cider to artisan breads and cheese, a huge hall filled with the aroma of slow-cooked pork, spices, handmade chocolates and specialities from Mexico, Spain and India.
The North-West Food Lovers Festival held recently at Event City at the Trafford Centre in Manchester did not disappoint.
Previously the event has been held at Tatton Park in Cheshire but has now outgrown those original premises.
And I could see why. It was a foodie’s dream with hundreds of stalls catering for all tastes.
I spent a good couple of hours wandering around admiring the perfect cupcakes, succulent meat and made the most of the chance to taste some of the delicious locally-produced cheese, jams and chutneys. There was wine tasting and cookery classes for children.
But for me the highlight was the demonstration theatre. Over the course of the weekend it hosted demos from Simon Rimmer, from Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, along with other celebrity chefs. We watched Tim Maddams, from River Cottage, prepare a mouth-watering three-course meal which included partridge, and his take on creme brulee.
A fabulous show which I hope will be returning to Event City next year.