FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL LEAVES A GOOD TASTE
The Nottingham Food and Drink Festival may be over for another year, but I think it’s safe to say that it’s left a lasting impression – and not just on our waistlines!
Things were a little bit different this year. It was extended from four to 12 days for a start, which was great for dedicated foodies like us. The celeb chef demos of previous years were replaced with a packed programme of food-themed events and masterclasses at bars and restaurants across the city and there were lots of special Festival menus on offer too. There was also a Food and Drink Market in the Square, which certainly made our lunchtimes interesting for the four days it was on.
It’s always a bit of a risk to make changes to an event and I’m sure some were a bit disappointed that the likes of Gino and Ainsley wouldn’t be showing off their skills. However, we’re certain anyone that went along to the Festival quickly changed their minds.
The good thing about the new setup was that local venues became the stars of the show, and rightly so! Nottingham has a great mix of food on offer at some cracking venues and it was great to see some of these in the spotlight.
Between us we got to try our hands at cocktail flaring, pasta making, tea tasting and also a spot of Greek dancing – certainly enough to work up a healthy appetite!
Hopefully people got the chance to try something new, whether it be a new type of food or a restaurant they’ve never been to before. We’re all guilty of sticking to the tried and tested, but there are some true hidden gems in the city.
The guys at We Are Nottingham, who organised the Festival, tell us that the new format proved to be really popular and that they got some great feedback. They’re planning to keep the same style for next year and hopefully make it even bigger and better, which will be welcome news for food fans across Nottingham.