Last year was my first visit to the food festival and I was really excited about visiting again this year knowing what would be on offer. Thankfully the weather was kind and despite being a little grey for most of the day, there was nothing more than a few spots of rain in the afternoon.
I was hungry on arrival and there were some fantastic smells coming from the various stands and after a quick walk through, we opted to share a couple of dishes from Mustard and Punch.
PHOTOS // LEFT: Beer Battered Brie // RIGHT: Braised Pig Cheek
The board was very descriptive – as though you were in the restaurant I guess. The brie was served with a Yorkshire ale chutney and the Pig cheek with honey mustard mash and scratchings.
I’ve wanted to go to Mustard and Punch for a while now and have tried to get a table a couple of times but have failed due to them being so busy – I was very excited to try some of their offerings and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. Both dishes were wonderful and the pig cheek just melted in the mouth.
We wandered around and looked at the stalls.
PHOTOS // LEFT: Sweets from Yesteryear // RIGHT: Yorkshire cheeses
PHOTO: Burger samples from Hinchliffes
We opted for a couple more dishes….
PHOTOS // LEFT: Onion Bhaji & Veg Samosas // RIGHT: Lamb Korai
The samosas and bhajis were from Chutney Mahal and sadly the bhajis went a bit cold between being served and finding a vacant table but they tasted good – and the samosas retained a bit of heat. The Lamb Korai was from Ali Murad I really liked the nan, it was lovely and soft!
After filling up, we went into the cookery demo tent and watched Ashley Coley from The Royal and Ancient prepare 3 dishes.
PHOTOS // LEFT: Cookery demo // RIGHT: Watermelon and Pistachio dessert
Then we watched Amjad Mohammed from Ali Murad.
PHOTOS // LEFT: Ali Murad cookery demo // RIGHT: Prawn Turka
The smells coming from the tent during the demos was amazing and I picked up a recipe card for the Turka as I’m quite keen to try cooking it at home!
We took another wander around the stalls and bought some coffee from Grumpy Mule, steak from Hinchliffes and cheese from the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Company. All in all it was a great afternoon out of great food and entertainment! I’ll definitely put next years dates in the calendar when the festival is announced!
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The Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival has been running for 11 years and is one of the biggest food festivals in the north. The 2011 festival is running from the 11th – 14th August in St George’s Square.
For more info visit the Festival website [/box]