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A rather lovely day, eating and drinking at Nottingham Castle

I should be a total Food Festival fanatic, and indeed I probably am. Certainly, the daughter rolls her eyes to the heavens whenever we are about to plan a weekend foray to one. Well, actually, I don’t think I am fanatical about anything, but I do, or rather did, rather enjoy festivals. So many have sprung up over recent years though, and I have suffered so many expensive disappointments that I am much more discerning about where I will go and what I am prepared to pay. It is simply not good enough to charge people entry, and/or charge them to park their cars (in places where there is no alternative means of getting there) and then present them with a handful of pickle sellers and someone making 3D cards.

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However, the Nottingham Festival of Food and Drink has joined the likes of the Melton Mowbray Food Festival in the “yes this is well worth a visit category”. So we headed over to the Castle on what promised to be (and eventually became) a lovely sunny Bank Holiday Sunday. I know the Castle isn’t really a Castle, but it still provided a pretty lovely setting for the Festival, with stands and marquees on different levels, nestled between the trees or up on the lawns, with live music in the Bandstand.

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Plenty of stalls, some great guests in the tents – this year including Tom Kerridge and Nadiya Hussain – if you like that sort of thing.

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At £10 a head for entry on the door, it is pretty much at the top end of what I am prepared to pay to enter a place where I am going to spend more money, but with the quality layout, the full “tent” agenda, plenty of stalls, live music and a range of bars, I’d say it was fair enough.

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I am not going to go on too much about the food, partly because my photos are not great and don’t do it much justice, but also because it gets a bit repetitive. So I’ll just give you quick overview….

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The husband went pretty much traditional with his (oh so attractive) German Sausage. It was grilled over coals so was a class above your average – but still way too much bread.

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I went with a Thai starter mix – I really wanted to eat at Thaikhun’s pop-up restaurant but I thought, no, in the interests of blogging I will try somewhere else. Wish I hadn’t. Pre-made, deep fried, not very nice. The cucumber mix was okay though.

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I was sorely tempted by the Italian Cheese cone, and really enjoyed it – great idea to walk around with and you can actually eat and walk. Was a LOT of cheese to consume, mind you, and left me no space for the planned Churros.

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We left with some Hartland Pies Scotch eggs, some fabulous bread, strawberries and smoked Brie. All in all, a lovely afternoon and this is one food festival I really would recommend.

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