When I was younger, up until I was about 16 years old, I only ever ate food because I had to. I literally ate to stay alive basically, not because I enjoyed eating.
In the last few years however, and especially since being with Matt, I’ve found a new love for food (some might say a slight obsession…) and now I genuinely can’t get enough of trying new cuisines and sampling new dishes; it’s one of my absolute favourite things to do.
So when I was invited to spend the day at The Great British Food Festival at Harewood House, I was more than happy to oblige. I went with Matt’s mum as she’d never been either and we had such a lovely day. Here’s what we got up to.
The food festival was set upon Harewood House’s 200 acres of stunning scenery and with it being a gorgeous, sunny bank holiday, we really couldn’t have asked for a better location or better weather.
The entrance to the grounds of Harewood House are truly breathtaking and reminded me of somewhere royalty might live; the vast expanse of greenery really is a sight to behold.
There was ample parking located at the entrance of the grounds, with the food festival held a 10 minute walk towards the house itself. Upon arrival, there was the opportunity to receive a free goody bag however when we arrived, they’d already ran out!
We made our way to the chef demos tent first where we watched Howard Middleton from a previous series of GBBO cook up a unique twist on a Bakewell tart. He was wildly entertaining and provided the 150 guests inside the tent with both knowledgeable information about baking as well as hilarious anecdotes of his baking career. It was a fantastic way to start our time at the food festival and we couldn’t wait to see what else the festival had in store for us!
We made our way to the various food stalls which housed everything from fudge to gin to sausages to spices! I couldn’t believe the immense variety of different traders who’d all come along to showcase their amazing creations and it was incredible to see so many diverse businesses.
We sampled many different food offerings, all of which were infinitely different and unique to one another. Some of my favourites included the spicy pickle offerings (I’ve never liked pickle before so this was an exciting first for me!), the gin liqueurs (again, another first for me as I’m not too wild about gin) and the variety of cheeses that were infused with everything from chive and onion to salted caramel and chocolate! It was so much fun trying out new things and Matt’s mum picked up quite a few new things to take home with her! The only food item I purchased was chocolate orange fudge which was probably made by the fudge gods tbh; it was heavenly!
I also picked up an amazing 7 piece knife set for our new house which came with a knife block that sharpens the knives while you pull them out! I felt very ‘adult’ purchasing this but Matt and I have already put it to good use and I can safely say it’s amazing!
After a couple of hours wandering around the different food and drink tents we made our way down towards the house itself where an abundance of food stalls were set up selling their delightful dishes.
Ranging from Greek cuisines to duck dishes, to homemade pizzas and greasy burgers and hot dogs, there was so much variety on offer that you’d be hard pressed to find something that you didn’t like; I wanted to try something from literally every single stall!
We finally settled on a stall called Steak Out which were selling delicious steak sandwiches and loaded fries in many different combinations. The smell that was coming from the stall can only be described as otherworldly and my tummy is literally rumbling while I’m writing this!
I opted for the Texan loaded fries options which was an enormous portion of crispy fries, wonderfully cooked steak strips, melted cheese, salad, bacon and lashings of BBQ sauce. I was so impressed by how large the portion sizes were and I was glad I opted for the loaded fries as opposed to the burger as I really don’t think I could have managed it!
I was also very pleased to discover that Steak Out offered a vegetarian option which also looked and smelled amazing! We ate our incredible dishes while lounging on the grass area in front of the food stalls, with live music playing just in front of us; it was such a lush way to spend the afternoon.
After making our way through our substantial food portions, we headed up towards Harewood House to admire the spectacularly grand building. We were going to go inside but decided not to as it was such a beautifully hot day that it seemed a shame to waste it inside. However, the house looked so magnificent so I’d definitely like to head back there one day to explore the inside!
I was provided two free tickets from The Great British Food Festival at Harewood House in exchange for a review but all thoughts and opinions regarding food, drink and location are entirely my own. Please see my disclaimer for more.