After having made the train by the skin of my teeth I arrived in Brighton to meet fellow blogger and cake lover Eleanor for a day out by the seaside. We decided to head straight to Bar Du Chocolat, Choccywoccydoodah’s cafe, for coffee and cake after hearing all about it from other bloggers and watching the TV show. Eleanor is in to cake decoration and makes beautiful cakes, something that Choccywoccydoodah are famous for so this seemed the perfect choice. Sadly we were a little disappointed as although the cakes were skilfully decorated they didn’t taste great. We shared a chocolate tiffin and a slice of lemon cake which was decorated with white chocolate and served with ice cream and the whole thing covered with chocolate sauce and raspberry coulis. This not only hid the real favour of the cake but made it incredibly sickly and heavy. The lemon sponge was dense and dry in places so in this instance, the sauce and ice cream was probably a good thing. Bar Du Chocolat is well worth a visit if you want to indulge in chocolate in a unique and quirky setting but if you’re after good quality cake, spend your £6 (for coffee and cake) elsewhere.
We walked along the beach to try and get rid of our sugar rush headaches and made our way to the Foodies Festival located along the seafront on Brighton and Hove lawns. The location couldn’t have been better and we were able to enter and exit throughout the day as we pleased. I’ve previously visited the Foodies Festival in Battersea (read our review here) and thoroughly enjoyed it so I knew the trip to Brighton would be worth it.
Once the sun had come out and the temperature a little warmer we enjoyed homemade raspberry mules on the grass listening to the live music on offer. It took us over 30 minutes to walk around the food festival to decide on which food and drink to eat but we were too full from all the free samples to purchase a bite to eat. It was great to see many new traders which weren’t at the London festival last summer, many of them local to Brighton area. One of our favourite stands was Vintage Feast as their cakes were amazingly fresh and we wished we had waited until the festival for our cake! Vintage Feast serve afternoon tea in traditional girlie china and cater for events such as weddings and birthday parties.
I jumped for joy when I saw Global Fusion’s stand which I have seen at nearly every food show, including Taste of Christmas, I’ve been to. Global Fusion make the best vegan breads I’ve ever tasted and specialise in banana bread and brownies. Each time I’ve visited their stand their bread has been just as moist and so cheap at only £4 a loaf and £2 for a quarter. A new addition to their stand was yam patties which can only be describe as a flat veggie-burger-like dish with chilli sauce – it looked divine and a ‘must try’ when I visit the London Foodie Festival in June.
Eleanor and I had a wonderful day out at the Foodies Festival in Brighton and I’m looking forward to the London ones in Clapham on the 7th ,8th & 9th June and the ‘FEAST’ special in Battersea on the 16th, 17th & 18th August. There’s a number of Foodies Festivals throughout the UK so if you’re after a great day out be sure to keep this is mind. Click here to find a festival near you. Before I left I couldn’t help picking up some man treats for Sam; a meaty ‘Moo’ pie from Pieminster and a Chang beer. Oh how I love bank holidays!
Live life love cake,