I’ve become a real convert to the ‘food festival’ movement, sure it’s busy and you’ve got to jostle for a position in the queue but its quite fun to taste flavours you wouldn’t normally find. Last weekend I had a trip out to the York Food Festival, taking in some of the stands it was interesting to see that savoury was much better represented than sweet.
The highlight for me was the exceptionally fresh Indian food served up by both Zouk and Mango. At the Zouk stand there was possibly the longest queue of the festival and you could certainly see and taste why! I had the Paneer wrap which was just spicy enough to have a great kick to it and the chunks of Paneer were huge.
Another real favourite was the Mango Restaurant stand serving up little bites of Indian Street food, my favourite being the Bhel Puri such tiny little flavourful bites! I was so impressed by their stand that I’ve made it a mission of mine to visit their restaurant especially to try some of their freshly prepared sweets including homemade Kulfi.
I was a little disappointed by some of the sweet stuff on offer since my first purchase a bag of cinder toffee was so heavy on the bicarbonate of soda the sugar set my teeth on edge and all I could taste was salt! The best treats were the St Valentines Liquorice with their handmade Finnish Liquorice and the York Cocoa House with some lovely chocolate treats.
I tried a slice of the York Cocoa House salted caramel torte and it was so rich – all four of us had a go at finishing it off. It tasted so indulgent just like eating the filling of a praline chocolate! If your around in the York area I’d highly recommend dropping by for a day before the festival finishes this Friday, there are also foodie demonstrations and you can find out more about the event and the schedule on their website.