Tastes of the world come to Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 13:52 18 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:26 18 May 2018
Thousands flocked to Welwyn Garden City last weekend for the return of one of the best events in the local calendar - the World Street Food Festival.
The sun shone for much of the day and stalls filled the gardens in the centre of town, lined with beautiful tulips and alliums; it really is one of the prettiest local festivals.
With the live music stage at one end and a cooking demonstration tent at the other, there was plenty for visitors to enjoy.
You could buy food from one of the many world food stalls and grab a seat on the benches or pick a picnic spot.
Food from around the world included Mexican, Caribbean, Spanish, Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, South African, German, Italian... there were over 50 stalls so everyone could choose something to suit. We loved the fresh falafel and tasty stews from South African Bunny Chow, and the queue for churros is always worth it.
One of the things I really like about this food festival is that they give space to local food producers and groups; this year I spotted Farr Brew, The 3 Brewers of St Albans, Crumbs n’all and Rock Pop Candy.
Sonia, owner of Crumbs n’all Caribbean Cakes told me: “We had a great day; we were busy and sold out just before the end of the festival. There was a lovely atmosphere and we would definitely come again.”
Cooking demonstrations took place throughout the day.
Teams of Oaklands chefs demonstrated kitchen skills and I watched an interesting talk about how to prepare chicken.
I also did a demonstration with my co-author Michelle Lake; our book Packed is about grown-up packed lunches so we showed how to make a speedy burrito bowl and a teriyake chicken pot noodle.
Packed has featured in The Guardian, The Times, Delicious, Top Sante, Great British Food, Men’s Health and many more and it was lovely to bring the book to Welwyn Garden City and meet so many readers of this paper; thank you to everyone who bought a copy of the book!
Organised by the WGC BID team and Oaklands, the World Food Festival is an annual event so see you there next year!