Christchurch Food Festival is less than a week away! Anyone that has been before will know what a massive event this is for the local community, and on the wider UK food calendar. It is well known for bringing all types of people together in a wonderful atmosphere of education and celebration of food culture and talent. We are lucky to be able to bring Urban Beach’s unique brand of relaxed, accessible cuisine with touches of passion and innovation to the event. We plan to fill tums, put grins on faces and hopefully spark up conversation over a tasty beverage or two.
[Have you heard about our recent Award of ‘3* Sustainability from Raymond Blanc’s Sustainable Restaurant Association’?]
We will be attending the festival on the 11th and 12th of May with our very own stall, designed and built by manager Chris and Barman Rich. We’ll be bringing with us an array of savory pasties, sweet treats, specially selected cocktails, local ales (from The Dorset Brewing Company and Sunny Republic), non-alcoholic beverages and vegetarian and gluten free food options. There is also going to be an appearance of our award winning Bloody Mary for the Sunday morning, coupled with breakfast and veggie breakfast puff pastries. Mmm. What was I talking about?
Yes, breakfast. No. More on that later – see What We’re Bringing (below). Christchurch Food and Wine Festival, to give it its proper title, is now in its 13th year, having originally begun as a celebration of the new Millennium. It secured its place on the calendar by continually being so well received by the community. Patron Chef Lesley Waters, as seen on Ready Steady Cook and currently featured on This Morning, is one of many celebrity faces the event has attracted over its history. Others include Anton Edelman, James Martin, Gary Rhodes and Brian Turner. There is also an international food market, free entertainment and even a ‘Kids Kitchen’ to help get the little ones interested in what they eat and where it comes from. You can see why we’re a little bit excited – for more information on the history of the festival and what to expect please visit here.
This year the festival will run from the 10th – 19th May, with more than one hundred stalls taking up the pedestrianised high street and a majority of Christchurch town centre, including the lovely Saxon Square.
What We’re Bringing
As well as our sweet selves we will also be bringing the following:
Savories - Lamb/Beef/Feta and Walnut Pasties, Lamb/Pork Sausage Rolls, and an extra secret veggie option.
Sweets – Wait for it… Almond croissants, brownies, blondies, millionaire’s shortbread, muffins, carrot cake, chocolate fudge cake, ‘Origin’ coffee cake, gingerbread men, cookies And cupcakes to match the cocktails.
Cocktails – Peach Julep, Sweet Tea Bourbon (includes blueberries) and Kwai Pepper Daiquiri (includes muddled bell pepper… intriguing).
Also in attendance will be our world famous ‘Old Jon’s Spiced Rum’, made in house with a carefully selected balance of ingredients. It’s said to produce magical powers in the drinker, but we’ve mostly found that people just prefer it to other rums.
Non-alcoholic beverages will include delicious ginger beer and a range of refreshing homemade lemonades including rhubarb (from the farm), ginger (made from homemade syrup) and mint.
We are so looking forward to this! With our stall, we are also aiming to give people a place to relax and enjoy these goodies in a warm, welcoming environment. Manager Chris has been keeping his plans top secret, but we are trusting him not to pull a Mr. Burns on us – ‘The Spruce Moose’
Not only do we love a good festival here at ‘Urban’ but we are also passionate about food and drink. The fact that one of the UK’s premier events on the food calendar is only a stone’s throw away is a wonderful opportunity. Remember we will be popping along with our own stall on the 11th and 12th of May. The precise location is as yet undisclosed, but we promise to make it something special. All are welcome, so please come and pay us a visit!
Urban Beach xx