This bank holiday weekend the Southbank hosted the Real Food Festival, which saw producers from all around the country (and further afield) gather to share their wares with avid foodies and tourists alike. In the shadow of the London Eye the festival stretched along the Southbank, offering everything from hand-made chocolates to the finest artisan cheeses, local cider, tasty chutneys, proper sausages, olive oils, charcuterie, soft centred scotch-eggs – in fact you name it, it was there!
Billed as celebrating the very best in passion-driven, sustainably and ethically produced food, the Real Food Festival couldn’t have wished for better weather to bring out the crowds to enjoy the stalls while soaking up the sun. It’s always tough to decide what to plump for at these events and this weekend was no different. Between us we managed to sample all of the following: a Polish speciality hot dog, pulled pork in a bun from Jamie Oliver (not in person I hasten to add), soft-centred scotch-eggs, traditional pie and chips, something unpronounceable which I think was Middle Eastern, Spanish cured meats, artisan ice-cream, hand-made crêpes, award winning salted caramel fudge, tiny cup cakes, a variety of ciders, beers and even the odd glass of Prosecco to wash it all down!
All this and we were treated to a live sheep shearing show where the sheep even danced – now that’s what I call entertainment!
Feel like you’ve missed out, well don’t be dismayed they’ll be back on 27 – 29 September for the Real Food Harvest Festival, again at the Southbank Centre – so put it in your diary today!
To find out more visit http://www.realfoodfestival.co.uk/festivals/real-food-festival-2013
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