You guys have probably worked out by now that food related activities are a thing I enjoy, the more centered on food the better. So when Appletiser invited me to the Ascot Food and Wine festival last weekend I was happier than a kid at Christmas, Appletiser are currently Ascot’s official soft drink; meaning on all race days they create bespoke cocktails and mocktails using their signature sparkling Apple juices.
On the weekend of the Festival of food and wine, as well as the racing, a gourmet food and wine market was set up for visitors to explore and indulge. The gourmet market showcased a variety of food and drink aimed at the higher market, alongside cooking demonstrations and displays – including culinary genius Raymond Blanc.
I particularly enjoyed the ‘food avenue’ sector of the event, stalls from independent businesses promoting their own unique creations. I perhaps spent far too much sampling the most incredible fresh mozzarella cheese from one particular stall, the best I have tried since Rome. Alongside the samples, the stalls also were selling their products and promoting their businesses to new potential customers, a special shout has to be made to, Flapjackery for the widest range (and tastiest) of flapjacks that I have ever seen, I am talking Passionfruit and Mango flapjacks, to my obvious choice of Peanut Butter Brownie and even Devon Cream Tea.
I also bought some delectable Stilton and walnut biscuits from a wonderful lady who runs a company called Just Biscuits , who has created a whole extensive range of savoury and sweet flavoured biscuits, perfect for an indulgent day. After watching a few great cooking demonstrations and learning more about some of the brilliant brands on display we watched a few of the days horse races, before the miserable weather approached. I am not usually a fan of horse racing, but it was a nice accompaniment to the food festival and was extremely fitting considering my reason to soon hopefully going back into education (more on that soon!).
While the luxurious Ascot may not be my usual haunt at a weekend, it was a brilliant change and was great fun to explore another fresh food festival. Also the marketing from the Appletiser ladies, who were offering free samples are obviously doing their job well as I have been craving it all week! I am also looking into creating a few Appletiser based mocktails at home for the last of our summer nights!