Saturday, 28 May 2016

Foodies Festival, Syon Park

Foodies Festival, Syon Park - Masterchef chefs doing cooking demonstrations, street food, drink tents, BBQs...everything you love about food in one beautiful park!

A beautiful sunny May morning and I had a date with ALL the food.  Today was the first of three days of the Foodie Festival at Syon Park so smothered myself with sun screen and headed over to the park to see what foodie delights awaited...

If you've never been to Syon Park, it's a real gem of a place - the big open green space smack bang in the middle of Isleworth somehow feels like you're in the middle of the countryside even though Heathrow airport is only about 7 miles away.  Wafts of BBQ hit me before I even got to the road leading through the park so I quickened my pace to get to the food!

I'll just warn you now; there are quite a few photos, all of my favourite bits, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed seeing everything in real life!

There were not one but two stalls with epic amounts of meat being grilled, both right next to each other - Boy Meats Grill with ridiculous hunks of meat and Flamin' Rooster with gorgeous looking ribs and wings...


Foodies Festival, Syon Park - huge amounts of BBQ meat from Boy Meats Grill

Massive slabs of meat from Boy Meats Grill at the Foodies Festival at Syon Park




There were drinks of all kinds, pop up bars and samples galore (thanks, teapigs for a full sized super refreshing matcha tea drink!)


Foodies Festival, Syon Park - refreshing teapigs matcha tea sample


I spent a little while in the demonstration tent (they also had drinks and baking demonstrations in other tents) and really wish I'd leapt up to try the salad they made when they asked for volunteers!!!


Foodies Festival, Syon Park - Masterchef chefs doing cooking demonstrations, street food, drink tents, BBQs...everything you love about food in one beautiful park!


After the cooking demonstration I wandered around the stalls on a foodie cloud nine - fudge, bread, cakes, meat, every type of sauce under the sun, wine...


Foodies Festival, Syon Park - apparently the best brownies n London from Bad Brownie

Foodies Festival, Syon Park - stunning home made pies from Brockleby's



I couldn't help but dive for my purse when I saw these beauties.  How could I resist not taking some champagne and strawberry, salted caramel, or banoffee macarons from Dimkin's Patisserie home with me?!


Foodies Festival, Syon Park - delicate but boldly coloured and flavoured macarons from Dimkin's Patisserie



Dotted around the festival were food stalls and vans with flavours and food from every nook and cranny of the world...


Foodies Festival, Syon Park - Masterchef chefs doing cooking demonstrations, street food, drink tents, BBQs...everything you love about food in one beautiful park!


Foodies Festival, Syon Park - Masterchef chefs doing cooking demonstrations, street food, drink tents, BBQs...everything you love about food in one beautiful park!

Foodies Festival, Syon Park - Masterchef chefs doing cooking demonstrations, street food, drink tents, BBQs...everything you love about food in one beautiful park!


And hold on a minute...these massive platters of salad, veg and pickles and that chicken all looked very familiar!  I'm pretty sure I had a gorgeous wrap from World Food when I was in Exeter!  The huge queue proved just how delicious and filling the wraps were!


Foodies Festival, Syon Park - delicious wraps from World Food who I'd had food from before in Exeter!


And then...be still my gyoza loving heart...I found the Ugly Dumplings stall.  I make no secret of the massive crush I have on dumplings and when I saw on Twitter that my one of my favourite foods would be at the festival I couldn't wait to try them.  I was not disappointed and have to say that they are probably some of the best dumplings I've ever had, cooked my favourite way with a little frying and a little steaming.  There were five different types (check out their website for what they have to offer) and I can highly recommend, well, all of them but the spinach and tofu one was my favourite.


Foodies Festival, Syon Park - I found a stall selling my dream gyoza, The Ugly Dumplings.  Crispy fried bottoms, perfectly soft steamed tops and packed with juicy fillings!


And if things couldn't get any better, I stumbled upon the Harry Brompton's tent so the obvious thing to do was get one of their alcoholic iced teas, have a seat and get stuck in!


Foodies Festival, Syon Park - gyoza from The Ugly Dumplings teamed with alcoholic ice tea from Harry Brompton's

Foodies Festival, Syon Park - I quickly found the tent that served Harry Brompton's alcoholic ice tea.  Perfectly refreshing for a summer afternoon!


Feeling happy, well fed, a little sun-kissed and BBQ-scented I did a final lap of the festival to make sure I hadn't missed anything and was about the make my way home when I saw the cider stall.  I love cider probably as much as I love dumplings so thought it would be rude to leave without having some proper Somerset cider, especially when it was served like this...


Foodies Festival, Syon Park - Masterchef chefs doing cooking demonstrations, street food, drink tents, BBQs...everything you love about food in one beautiful park!


Foodies Festival
There are festivals across the country up until 4th September 2016 - be sure to check if there's one near you!

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