3 September 2017

Graze Festival, Twyford

Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals

I was invited to come along and experience Graze Festival during the August Bank Holiday - Graze Festival is a family friendly food and drink festival held in Twyford, just outside of Winchester. I love food festivals, in fact it's probably what I look to the most during the summer months (and Christmas!). I have to admit I haven't heard of Graze Festival before I was invited to go, but the festival has been running for a few years now.


Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals

Set in the middle of the countryside in Twyford, the festival welcomes families to enjoy a day of music, activities, and delicious food. It was really easy to find the festival with our SatNav, and there is plenty of parking available (£6 for the day), but we actually found that there are free parking spaces just past the festival, and it's a short walk in the sunshine to get to the entrance. I feel like a lot of people would probably either walk from the village, or get a taxi as then you can all enjoy a couple of ciders!

There are many activities for children to get involved in: from musical activities, to a Kids Stage with comedians and storytellers, to a creative kids hub - it's a perfect setting to keep the children entertained and enjoy music, food, and a cider or two knowing that the kids aren't bored.

There are two other stages which host musical acts and bands - we caught Noble Jacks who played folk music (the kind that makes you want to jump up and start dancing!) and REWS who are a girl rock band, and I have to say I really enjoyed their music! Getting Spotify playlist up... There were also Stereo MC's and Republica, amongst many other bands and musical acts. 

But more importantly, there was food.

Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals, Boxx Fresh at Graze
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals, Boxx Fresh at Graze Festival
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals, Hampshire Fare at Graze
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals

From local food producers and distributors like Boxx Fresh who were letting visitors sample their fresh ingredients, and Hampshire Fare; to street food like Bark & Brisket and Chaat Snack there was a few interesting stops if you're food focussed like me.
Hampshire Fare hosted live cookery demonstrations showing the audience what you can do with simple ingredients, and getting the audience to sample freshly coked grub. Next to the live cookery hub were the most incredible looking Scotch Eggs - perfect with a pint!

Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals

Our first foodie stop was at the Bark & Brisket stand where we ordered the Pit-Smoked Pulled Pork burger with honey and bourbon BBQ sauce. This burger was the perfect choice for two hungry festival goers! The pork was succulent and full of flavour, perfect with coleslaw and pickles - with a little dash of hot sauce. YUM. 
And it has to be a brioche bun - I think since the introduction of brioche buns, I cannot except any other burger bun. It's full on burger snobbery but I really just can't - nothing beats the soft and sweet brioche bun.

Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals

Our next stop was the Chaat Snack van, and I'm guessing not many of you will know what a chaat is because I certainly didn't! A chaat is a savoury snack which is often found served as a street food in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. It is commonly made from chickpeas and potatoes as a base, but the Chaat Snack guys used a savoury crunchy indian mix (which I am yet to find in stores, but I have a feeling Holland & Barrett will probably do it!) mixed with fresh coriander, chilli, cucumber, Indian spices, lime, tomato, and corn.
The chaat cone was delicious - full of flavour, filling, and is vegan friendly. And whilst we watched our chaat being made, we discovered that the guys who own Chaat Snack are Brummies like Liam - and a friendship was formed. We enjoyed the snack and a glass of fresh lemonade in the back of the chaat van which is done up in 60's style - I really enjoyed the whole experience. 

Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals

We then had to sample the pork and chicken dumplings which were served with peanuts, chilli sauce and greens - both of the dumplings were absolutely delicious! I also loved seeing how the noodles were prepared - this is the best part of street food.

We were so full after our three mini-meals - it was time to grab a cheeky Bank Holiday drink. I made my way to the drinks tent and asked for a dry cider, and I had a choice of two: one which was 4%, and one which was 7.5%. I have never had a cider that strong so naturally I had to go for the 7.5% - it was refreshing, and made me giggle pretty quickly! Combined with the buzzing atmosphere and good music, the cider went down really well!

Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals

There were more food carts to explore like Mexican, crepes, ice cream, and vegan treats/juices but we were pretty stuffed by this point! It was time to enjoy some more music, have a little wonder and chat to some local businesses, and relax with a cider.

Graze Festival starts at 11am and goes on until 11pm with evening entertainment, so it really is an action packed day out! Bring friends, family, and a big umbrella to avoid overheating.

Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals
Graze Festival in Twyford, Hampshire blogger, UK lifestyle blog, Hampshire food festivals

I really enjoyed my time at Graze Festival in Twyford - it was lively, had great food and music, plenty of things to do for children. It is most definitely a festival aimed at families - children under 12 go free, and can enjoy a whole selection of activities. I would say the tickets for adults seem a little pricey at £35, however I also understand that the bands need to be paid and so does the venue (which is incredible as all you can see are the fields around you!), etc so I get the price, but personally with so many festivals around at the same time, if I was to pay £35 for one ticket as an entry to the festival, I'd make sure a big group of friends or family would make an entire day and night of it.

What do you think? Are you going to come to Graze next year? I'm excited to see who will be up on the stage!
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  1. This looks amazing and the weather looks beautiful! xx

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