May I take this opportunity to introduce Back to the Roots' new Welsh correspondent, Ruth Dawson. Readers say hello to the Swansea lady who loves food, fashion and Girl Talk! Any other fashionistas out there go and check out her blog, Chic and Cheerful.
Foodie festival review, by Ruth Dawson
The Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival certainly lived up to its name this year with a delicious spread of every food you could wish for: from sushi to sangria, I must have tried flavours from every continent. Highlights of the day included my first try of venison (as a part-time meat eater, this proved a bit too rich for me but it was very well prepared all the same) and sampling some yummy home-made honeycomb ice cream.
|Cardiff International Food Festival with Cardiff Bay as a background|
To compliment the seasoned atmosphere were some very quirky entertainers. The music was as varied as the foodstuffs on offer: we caught some excellent big band music, which was followed swiftly by a lively country group. There were also two comic entertainers wandering the site throughout the day, dressed as dinner ladies with bright pink wigs and later as jolly French chefs.
|Food and laughter, hand in hand|
Overall it was a lovely day down the bay. The only downfall of the event was that the farmer's market was very easily missed. These stalls were tucked away past the Pierhead Building, away from the main event. As it turned out, some of the best dairy product sellers were in the farmer's area - I don't think I've ever tried so many types of Cheddar in one place before!
|What's your favourite?|
|Authentic looking bottle|
This is definitely one event to mark on your calendar next summer.
|Put The Great British Cheese Festival in your diary|
24th and 25th of September in Cardiff Castle