Feast at Battersea Park: A Pink Slip

On that cold Sunday in June, the Foodies Festival on Clapham Common put a noticeable pep in our step. So it's no surprise that we were looking forward to the August edition; Feast. I don't know about you but I've never been to a picnic on tarmac, and I won't be repeating the experience.

Food festival pros at this stage, on arrival, we make a beeline for Colonel Pinkster's Stand who greets us with a sprightly "Pip Pip" and our thirst is soon quenched by a beautiful G&T: Pinkster Gin, sprig of mint and rapturous raspberry. And we're off!

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It's not long before we're distracted by the Great British Sausage Company's Van who once upon a time sent us home with four packs of gluten-free pork and cider sausages. Today they're already sold out of the GF babies which is a real shame, although it doesn't stop Darty from chowing down on one straight from the charcoal.

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The meat just gets more serious. There's the usual hog roast screaming out for attention, though easy on the old coriander seeds next time lads. And you just have to take your hat off to the Gaucho guys. Vegetarians, steer clear!
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The French Compté Stall is dishing up its version of Tartiflette like it's going out of fashion. The mish mash of sautéed spuds with onions, herbes de Provence and ham is pretty comforting to say the least, but it's the Compté smothered on top which knocks it out of the park. There's a whole range of the Gruyère-style cheese to choose from, matured for anything from 12 to 36 months, so everyone's a winner. Suffice to say, we return somewhat merry and clean them out of Compté at the end of the day.

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Opening rant aside it was a great day. Have Gin, Will Travel.

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Five Very Kerri things about FEAST at Battersea Park

  1. Pinkster Gin
  2. Serious about sausage
  3. Compté
  4. Meat Party 2013
  5. Rain rave