VIDEO: Foodies flock to sample delights at Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival

TASTY: Sweet treats on offer from Churtopia with Daniel O’Grady and Tereza Vondrackova

TASTY: Sweet treats on offer from Churtopia with Daniel O’Grady and Tereza Vondrackova

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MOUTHS watered as thousands of people bustled through the town centre to enjoy the Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival yesterday.

Revellers basked in glorious sunshine as a range of cuisine from around the globe was showcased in Bournemouth Square on the first day of the annual event’s fourth year.

The festival, which runs for ten days, includes a street market featuring an eye-catching red double-decker bus selling Mexican food, as well as stalls with delicacies from Thailand, Italy, Bournemouth itself and other locations dotted throughout the world.

The festival’s director, Patrick Marmion, said he is delighted the festival is so quickly turning into such a popular annual tradition and is proud of the high quality of produce on offer.

“I think Bournemouth has an image sometimes as a typical fast food seaside kind of town,” he added.

“But we want to showcase Bournemouth as a place for real food lovers.

“There are lots of places to go for great food – from Southbourne to Wesbourne.

“Bournemouth lends itself well to festivals such as this and there is a really friendly, fun atmosphere for families.”

Throughout the festival an array of chefs from the area will be exhibiting their skills in the demo kitchen, cooking up treats ranging from cupcakes to burgers and even baby food. Patrick said he is also excited about the entertainment that will be on offer, with a diverse choice of family-friendly demonstrations, kids’ activities and a flurry of music, which on Sunday night includes a group specialising in hillbilly music.

“They are all going to be local bands. It’s going to be eccentric, but like the food, it will be eclectic too,” he added.

For a full list of events taking place during the festival, visit the website bournemouthfoodanddrink.co.uk

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9:39am Sat 21 Jun 14

bbird says...

Foodie?

Passed through last night and saw the ubiquitous German sausages, Thai stir fry etc.

Where are the local producers (Isle of Wight tomatoes & asparagus, Bread Port & Petit Prince, local wine & cheeses etc.)?

Whst about a great pop up restaurant serving local produce such as locally smoked hams, cheese & wine/beer/cider and vegetables/fruit?

Ok I saw Giggi & a sushi bar. Street market yes, foodie no.
Foodie? Passed through last night and saw the ubiquitous German sausages, Thai stir fry etc. Where are the local producers (Isle of Wight tomatoes & asparagus, Bread Port & Petit Prince, local wine & cheeses etc.)? Whst about a great pop up restaurant serving local produce such as locally smoked hams, cheese & wine/beer/cider and vegetables/fruit? Ok I saw Giggi & a sushi bar. Street market yes, foodie no. bbird
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9:43am Sat 21 Jun 14

bbird says...

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO > I do wish there was a preview and opportunity to edit posts. My last one somehow posted in error. Fiddly on a mobile. Well was more or less correct luckily
BOURNEMOUTH ECHO > I do wish there was a preview and opportunity to edit posts. My last one somehow posted in error. Fiddly on a mobile. Well was more or less correct luckily bbird
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1:23pm Sat 21 Jun 14

rozmister says...

bbird wrote:
Foodie?

Passed through last night and saw the ubiquitous German sausages, Thai stir fry etc.

Where are the local producers (Isle of Wight tomatoes & asparagus, Bread Port & Petit Prince, local wine & cheeses etc.)?

Whst about a great pop up restaurant serving local produce such as locally smoked hams, cheese & wine/beer/cider and vegetables/fruit?

Ok I saw Giggi & a sushi bar. Street market yes, foodie no.
It's not marketed as an exclusively local food festival - there is a series of restaurant hops going on next week at restaurants that source at least some of their food locally if that's what you fancy but the street market is more varied. I've already sampled a couple of things (veggie dish from the German pan place that does a lot more than just sausages & yummy falafel from Zoukinis) that were really nice, if you don't think it's to your taste and idea of what constitutes 'foodie' don't bother going.
[quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: Foodie? Passed through last night and saw the ubiquitous German sausages, Thai stir fry etc. Where are the local producers (Isle of Wight tomatoes & asparagus, Bread Port & Petit Prince, local wine & cheeses etc.)? Whst about a great pop up restaurant serving local produce such as locally smoked hams, cheese & wine/beer/cider and vegetables/fruit? Ok I saw Giggi & a sushi bar. Street market yes, foodie no.[/p][/quote]It's not marketed as an exclusively local food festival - there is a series of restaurant hops going on next week at restaurants that source at least some of their food locally if that's what you fancy but the street market is more varied. I've already sampled a couple of things (veggie dish from the German pan place that does a lot more than just sausages & yummy falafel from Zoukinis) that were really nice, if you don't think it's to your taste and idea of what constitutes 'foodie' don't bother going. rozmister
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12:53pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Bournefre says...

rozmister wrote:
bbird wrote:
Foodie?

Passed through last night and saw the ubiquitous German sausages, Thai stir fry etc.

Where are the local producers (Isle of Wight tomatoes & asparagus, Bread Port & Petit Prince, local wine & cheeses etc.)?

Whst about a great pop up restaurant serving local produce such as locally smoked hams, cheese & wine/beer/cider and vegetables/fruit?

Ok I saw Giggi & a sushi bar. Street market yes, foodie no.
It's not marketed as an exclusively local food festival - there is a series of restaurant hops going on next week at restaurants that source at least some of their food locally if that's what you fancy but the street market is more varied. I've already sampled a couple of things (veggie dish from the German pan place that does a lot more than just sausages & yummy falafel from Zoukinis) that were really nice, if you don't think it's to your taste and idea of what constitutes 'foodie' don't bother going.
What's wrong with offering constructive criticism and suggesting ways it could be improved?
If people do as you suggest and simply don't bother going, causing a poor turnout, the organisers will have no idea what they're doing wrong - is it the weather? The location? The time of year? The target audience? With nothing to go on the Bournemouth 'food and drink festival' could simply be written off as unworkable, or they could 'sell out' and appeal to the lowest common denominator, with the usual booze, burgers and tat which you see at the air festival.
Is that what you want?
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: Foodie? Passed through last night and saw the ubiquitous German sausages, Thai stir fry etc. Where are the local producers (Isle of Wight tomatoes & asparagus, Bread Port & Petit Prince, local wine & cheeses etc.)? Whst about a great pop up restaurant serving local produce such as locally smoked hams, cheese & wine/beer/cider and vegetables/fruit? Ok I saw Giggi & a sushi bar. Street market yes, foodie no.[/p][/quote]It's not marketed as an exclusively local food festival - there is a series of restaurant hops going on next week at restaurants that source at least some of their food locally if that's what you fancy but the street market is more varied. I've already sampled a couple of things (veggie dish from the German pan place that does a lot more than just sausages & yummy falafel from Zoukinis) that were really nice, if you don't think it's to your taste and idea of what constitutes 'foodie' don't bother going.[/p][/quote]What's wrong with offering constructive criticism and suggesting ways it could be improved? If people do as you suggest and simply don't bother going, causing a poor turnout, the organisers will have no idea what they're doing wrong - is it the weather? The location? The time of year? The target audience? With nothing to go on the Bournemouth 'food and drink festival' could simply be written off as unworkable, or they could 'sell out' and appeal to the lowest common denominator, with the usual booze, burgers and tat which you see at the air festival. Is that what you want? Bournefre
  • Score: 1

8:15am Mon 23 Jun 14

rozmister says...

Bournefre wrote:
rozmister wrote:
bbird wrote:
Foodie?

Passed through last night and saw the ubiquitous German sausages, Thai stir fry etc.

Where are the local producers (Isle of Wight tomatoes & asparagus, Bread Port & Petit Prince, local wine & cheeses etc.)?

Whst about a great pop up restaurant serving local produce such as locally smoked hams, cheese & wine/beer/cider and vegetables/fruit?

Ok I saw Giggi & a sushi bar. Street market yes, foodie no.
It's not marketed as an exclusively local food festival - there is a series of restaurant hops going on next week at restaurants that source at least some of their food locally if that's what you fancy but the street market is more varied. I've already sampled a couple of things (veggie dish from the German pan place that does a lot more than just sausages & yummy falafel from Zoukinis) that were really nice, if you don't think it's to your taste and idea of what constitutes 'foodie' don't bother going.
What's wrong with offering constructive criticism and suggesting ways it could be improved?
If people do as you suggest and simply don't bother going, causing a poor turnout, the organisers will have no idea what they're doing wrong - is it the weather? The location? The time of year? The target audience? With nothing to go on the Bournemouth 'food and drink festival' could simply be written off as unworkable, or they could 'sell out' and appeal to the lowest common denominator, with the usual booze, burgers and tat which you see at the air festival.
Is that what you want?
When I went it was heaving, there wasn't enough space to swing a cat and on the front page of the echo today it says thousands attended over the weekend. They've clearly got the combination right but this website is always full of people ready to say something negative over something positive.

I don't want it to go under but I also think its great how it is and the thousands who visited this weekend clearly agree.
[quote][p][bold]Bournefre[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: Foodie? Passed through last night and saw the ubiquitous German sausages, Thai stir fry etc. Where are the local producers (Isle of Wight tomatoes & asparagus, Bread Port & Petit Prince, local wine & cheeses etc.)? Whst about a great pop up restaurant serving local produce such as locally smoked hams, cheese & wine/beer/cider and vegetables/fruit? Ok I saw Giggi & a sushi bar. Street market yes, foodie no.[/p][/quote]It's not marketed as an exclusively local food festival - there is a series of restaurant hops going on next week at restaurants that source at least some of their food locally if that's what you fancy but the street market is more varied. I've already sampled a couple of things (veggie dish from the German pan place that does a lot more than just sausages & yummy falafel from Zoukinis) that were really nice, if you don't think it's to your taste and idea of what constitutes 'foodie' don't bother going.[/p][/quote]What's wrong with offering constructive criticism and suggesting ways it could be improved? If people do as you suggest and simply don't bother going, causing a poor turnout, the organisers will have no idea what they're doing wrong - is it the weather? The location? The time of year? The target audience? With nothing to go on the Bournemouth 'food and drink festival' could simply be written off as unworkable, or they could 'sell out' and appeal to the lowest common denominator, with the usual booze, burgers and tat which you see at the air festival. Is that what you want?[/p][/quote]When I went it was heaving, there wasn't enough space to swing a cat and on the front page of the echo today it says thousands attended over the weekend. They've clearly got the combination right but this website is always full of people ready to say something negative over something positive. I don't want it to go under but I also think its great how it is and the thousands who visited this weekend clearly agree. rozmister
  • Score: -2

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