Earlier this week a flock of food bloggers decided to go on an adventure.
Lest you think we’re on a mission to eat the most pies in a day or planning a gourmet gallop around London (fun though both activities would be), come September we’re heading to Abergavenny Food Festival.
It may sound bonkers but travelling to a food festival and staying in a campervan actually makes good sense. Last year Linda of With Knife And Fork and I drove from London down to Abergavenny and were both immediately taken with the charm of it all. It’s a food festival that feels like a village fete. People are friendly and courteous, a welcome change from the grumps of hardened Londoners.
There were brilliant rants at the Rude Health stand:
And I sampled the best cheese toastie ever, courtesy of Trethowan’s Dairy:
There were plenty of local and national food producers exhibiting throughout Abergavenny and great talks by chefs and food writers, including my favourite one by Bread King Richard Bertinet who managed to co-opt celeb chef Valentine Warner into demonstrating how to make bread (and in the process anoint Valentine’s nose with dough, look closely at the pic below)
Linda and I parked ourselves in a quaint hotel 10 miles or so outside town for the weekend. It wasn’t hideously expensive, I got to swim in a pool and we met some great people staying at the hotel including the lovely Sat Bains. But both of us felt we should reprise this food festival in 2010 staying closer to the centre of all the action. In other words, close to the cheese stands.
So thanks to Linda and Danny FoodUrchin’s suggestion of forming a convoy of campervans to Abergavenny we’ve now assembled a few intrepid travellers for our epicurean adventure including Catalan Cooking Goddess Rachel McCormack, Alex English who like me, loves the colour pink, Ailbhe the Irish campervan enthusiast, Niamh of Eat Like A Girl, her Wine Sleuthness Denise and the good people of Tea Odyssey. Campervan enthusiasts Rude Health will be setting up camp in a retro van and they’ve been helping us hire vans for this journey of gluttonous good fun. If you fancy joining us and you’re not a total reprobate leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you with more details.
Abergavenny Food festival runs September 18-19th, 2011. If you’re already a campervan enthusiast have a look at my previous post on the chance to win The Campervan Cookbook, summer’s quintessential guide to living it up outdoors.