Have you been to any festivals or food festivals over the Summer? The North East always has lots of foodie events spread over the year. Food festivals are always great for discovering new cuisines. Often there are outlet stalls from restaurants which gives you a chance to try the food before you go. I have discovered a number of local restaurants this way. Longhorns is an example of one of these, they do wonderful meat platters.
The summer may be coming to an end but there are still plenty of foodie events going on. The run up to Christmas will see the continental market arriving in town with lots of foodie treats. I discovered this infographic created by www.adeltd.co.uk. They provide power to make sure that foodie events have the power they need. This ensures the food is kept chilled and cooked correctly.
Three ways to make the most of a food festival
If you are planning to go to a food festival soon I have three ways to make the most of a food festival. If you have any more hints let me know below.
Find out where and when events are happening
Food events do not just pop up, they are planned in advance. You can often find out what events are happening in your area by checking out local web pages, looking on social media or reading food blogs. See if you can find out which vendors are attending and where they are located. This allows you to plan what to try first.
I found out about the Battle of the Burger which happens regularly on Tyneside though research. Different restaurants compete to see whose burger gets voted the best by the public. The most recent event is happening on the 16th and 17th September at the Wylam brewery.
This pulled pork burger was on offer at the British Street Food Awards in Newcastle when I visited last year and it was gorgeous.
At some events food gets sold out fast. The Jesmond Food Market is an example of as the fresh bread can sell out quickly. Arriving early allows you to beat the crowds and try out the best of the food. It will also allow you to have more time to discover everything that is on offer.
Talk to the vendors
The vendors are often glad of the chance to tell you more about their products. Talking to them is a great way to learn more about what they do and where you can buy the products. Often you learn about other upcoming events they may be going to which may be of interest to you. You never know, you may also get a free sample.
Those are my top tips for enjoying food festivals, the only other thing I would add is plan for all types of weather. If the event is outside it may well rain so be prepared. Are there any top tips you would add to my list? Let me know below.
This post was written in collaboration with Adeltd.