Yesterday I was invited by tastecard to the ‘great British food festival’, a food event at Castle Howard. This is a stately home just outside of York, and the festival was held in the (pretty extensive) grounds. Tastecard were the main sponsor of the event so they invited a number of local bloggers along to experience the attractions and experience it for ourselves.
The location was gorgeous and it was lovely to go back to Castle Howard as I haven’t been in years. The grounds are so magical, and even though the weather wasn’t the best the rain stayed away and it was a really good day out. I brought my grandparents along with me and it was lovely to spend the day with them and do something that we wouldn’t typically do.
We started the day off by decorating biscuits in the tastecard VIP tent, alongside the other bloggers that were invited. It was a competition named ‘the great British blog off’ and we all had to decorate our biscuits themed around our favourite food. I had a pizza and a cupcake one, and then I decorated a couple without a theme. We didn’t win, although the prizes up for grabs were amazing and very generous, including a pizza express voucher! At the end of the activity we were also gifted some amazing goodie tote bags, with some food items to try (including brownies!) and other little treats. Very lucky!
After that we had plenty of free time to explore the different stalls and tents, and there was certainly plenty to look at. We started at the three big marquees, with different market stalls in. They were predominantly small food brands (often local) selling their produce, however there were other stalls as well. There was even a massage stall where you could try out the massage chairs! We ended up buying a lot of different products, and it was nice to get something a little bit different to usual.
I was talking to a brand called ‘foodylicious UK’, who are a subscription food and drink service. I loved the branding and marketing that they used and we ended up talking for a while, whilst I sampled some of the drinks that they provide in their boxes. They have recently launched some new products (pictured below) and the brand is definitely worth checking out if you like subscription services. In the future I would like to create a blog post and order some of the boxes to review.
Check out ‘foodylicious UK’ Here
After looking around the market stalls, it was around lunchtime so we decided to find something to eat… and that certainly wasn’t a hard challenge 😂. There were so many different food vendors at the festival and something for everyone and every taste. We opted for wood fired pizza, and it was so lovely and all handmade in front of your eyes. However there were plenty of other stalls that caught my eye as well and I would have loved to have tried everything… unfortunately I was far too full to sample it all!
After my pizza, I had a look at the alcohol and cocktail stands. If you know me you know that I love a cocktail and in the centre of the field there were a few alcohol trucks serving them so I wanted to see what was on offer. My favourite one was certainly the ‘little berry bar’, serving handmade cocktails. I ordered the summer sensation, and it was so gorgeous and refreshing… plus it even had freshly chopped fruit and mint in it. The brand is so cute and I would have loved to try more, I think it would be perfect to book for a summer wedding as something quite unique.
Check out ‘the little berry bar’ here
Throughout the entire day there was live music playing from local bands and artists. I love this as it really added an authentic feel to the day and it was nice to listen to different music. I’ll be honest, I didn’t sit and watch an act the entire way through but I did hear the majority of Joe Morton’s set and he was incredible. He did a cover of ‘hit the road jack’ but mixed other songs into it as well (including gold digger, not quite sure how he made that work but it sounded incredible) and it was so good I tried to find it on YouTube after.
Overall such an amazing morning out and there was something for everyone of every age, I’m so glad I went. Im very grateful for every single opportunity I am getting because of my blog at the moment and it doesn’t get any less crazy. Thank you so much to tastecard for providing me with the tickets, and if you are interested in getting a tastecard (giving you lots of discount in many restaurants around the country), take a look at the link below ❤
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