I made the most of the sunny start to the August long weekend by heading to the Wimbledon Park Food Festival with a friend. A small, local event at only £5 entry, it was great way to enjoy a sunny morning whilst eating delicious food and supporting small regional businesses.
There was plenty of family friendly entertainment with face painting, a petting zoo, kids cooking classes and a quirky photo booth. But of course, we were there for the food so armed with empty stomachs and full wallets, we headed straight for the vendors!
We beat the main crowds by arriving at around 11am and checking out all the stalls before lengthy queues started to form. There was everything from cakes and sweets, to spicy dips and sauces, to artisan cheeses and craft beers.
There were of course the obligatory subscription box stalls there. We visited Abel&Cole first but having previously signed up and unsigned with them (loved the produce; didn’t love the 5.30am deliveries), we chatted to Hello Fresh instead. As it was 50% off your first box with no commitment, we both decided to give it a shot (such easy sells…)!
Unlike most subscription boxes which come with a random assortment of produce or products, Hello Fresh package together ingredients for specific recipes, which not only helps you plan your meals but also reduces any waste. I signed up for the Veggie Box (obvs) for just £18 so I’m looking forward to testing that out and reviewing it in a couple of weeks!
After handing over bank details to Hello Fresh and having a good browse of all the stalls, we sussed out our lunch options. I already knew that I was going to get mine from Chaatit, an all-vegetarian Indian street food stall as I loved my lunch from there last year. But as there was so much on offer, I decided to be a bit piggy and get something else to go with it…
I ended up getting both the samosa chaat from Chaatit and some Mexican cheesy-guacamole street fries from Poptata, with a craft cider from The Libation Station to go with them. I didn’t quite manage to polish it all off (poor form) but everything was delicious!
Being a rather intimate festival, I didn’t bring home a huge haul. As well as my Hello Fresh subscription, I also grabbed some Mum’s Made With Love hot curry sauce and some sublimely intensive Limoncello from The Hebridean Liqueur Company.
I considered making a curry for dinner but to be honest, I’m still full from that epic lunch…
The Wimbledon Park Food Festival is running all long weekend; check out Fantastic British Food Festivals for all the details.