If you live in Northamptonshire and haven’t been to the Althorp Food & Drink Festival, one of the most prestigious events in the foodie calendar held at Althorp Estate – you’re missing out!
I consider Althorp Food & Drink Festival to be one of the biggest foodie highlights and one event I just cannot miss! It’s set in picturesque surroundings outside the stunning Grade I listed stately home of Althorp Estate, home of Charles Spencer and memorial site of Princess Diana.
It boasts in having accessible gardens, classically beautiful buildings and is host to some of Northamptonshire’s top events – including the food & drink festival!
We got there bright and early for 10am, as we had been advised to get there earlier in order to beat the crowds. We arrived and found exactly that – room to roam and explore the stalls before the crowds arrived.
As I’m getting more familiar with the local food and drink scene, it was also a really good chance to catch up with familiar faces and see how they were finding the festival.
We started with a coffee from The Roastery, who are one of my favourite coffee roasters in Northamptonshire and they had a really nice seating area.
Then, right next door, we got to say hi to Tammy and the team at Bell Northampton where Josh couldn’t help but get in the giant hammock which he didn’t want to get out of!
Going around Althorp, it’s always a tricky decision to decide what to go for first. The rookie mistake we made last year was eating too much too quickly – so I was determined to make sure I didn’t get too full up too quickly and insisted Josh and I shared dishes, as opposed to having a dish to ourselves. It took a bit of convincing but I won him over!
Some highlights included a gooey and meaty plate of beef covered nachos with jalapenos on the side from Baja Cantina, who have the tastiest Mexican dishes. After enjoying them so much at BiteStreet NN, Josh got a chicken burger from Bandit Street Food, which I got a bite of too and it was just as good as the first time!
Plus, a creamy, cheesy Mac and Cheese for me and a Chicken Rice Box from Bokkie South African Street Food finished us off!
Another foodie highlight was from Raclette by Hogs and Hops where we got to try a BRILLIANT invention of theirs: a Raclenedict – basically brunch on a plate!
There was no shortage of drinks either at Althorp and I basically had every type of drink you could possibly want! I enjoyed a fresh, very berry smoothie from The Fruitory, which classed as breakfast for me.
A glass of fizz from Fizz 76 who I recall being there last year and have an array of sparkling and fizzy drinks from prosecco to prosecco cocktails!
And ofcourse, no Northamptonshire food and drink festival is complete without a Saxby’s Cider, one of the best Northamptonshire cider makers in my opinion.
I was so happy to have finally met Phil and Amanda, the owners of Saxby’s Cider and chat to them after admiring their brand and cider for years. I enjoyed a lovely, refreshing strawberry cider in the sunshine.
Not only does Althorp Food & Drink Festival have a fantastic array of street food vendors, but it also has plenty of local food and drink producers whom you could browse and buy products.
If you know me and have read my blog, you know I love nothing more than a good food fair with local producers!
Highlights for me included finally meeting the team at the Bread and Circus in Daventry, who I need a chance to come down and grab a delicious coffee and freshly baked bread from.
It was also a lovely opportunity to say hello to the team at the Beer Garage, who are always so welcoming and chatty when I see them – I couldn’t help but buy a half pint of the ice cream pale ale which really did taste like ice cream!
I got to meet the founders at i’m real ice cream where I got some samples of their delicious Bourbon Vanilla and Roasted Coffee Beans and Walnuts which were so refreshing and made with 100% real ingredients!
Josh picked up some of his favourite pies from Brocklebys Pies, I picked up some homemade macaroons from Maison Des Macarons and award-winning cheese (and my favourite cheese) from Hamm Tun Fine Foods – plus we even tried our first taste of real Italian Cannoli from Cafe Cannoli – who needs to go to Italy when you can have them right here in Northamptonshire!
Also… if you’ve made it down this far, not only did I write this lovely blog post which I hope you have enjoyed reading, but I also vlogged the day too! It’s my first YouTube video I’ve filmed and edited in over 3 years, so I’m a bit rusty but it was great to film again!
Watch my first video here:
Overall, the whole day was just wonderful, relaxing and full of good food, good drink and good times! It’s certainly an amazing day out for everyone, whether you’re young, old or somewhere inbetween.
The Althorp Food & Drink Festival is an event that everyone in Northamptonshire and beyond needs to add to their calendar of events for next year!
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