Think epic food market, add demonstrations from top chefs, wine and beer tastings galore and throw in themed bars and live music to chill out on the grass alongside and you have Foodies Festival.

Last Sunday we took ourselves to the Clapham-based al fresco scene in the scorching heat and found it very easy to while away seven hours at the venue on the Common.

What makes Foodies Festival stand out is the professional demonstrations – you come away with a bit of knowledge as well as a happy belly. Turn up early (11am) to avoid missing out on the (free with ticket) events divided into the Chef, Drinks, Baking and Children’s Theatres in one-hour slots.

For chef masterclasses from the likes of restaurateur and Malaysian chef Norman Musa and MasterChef 2013 winner Natalie Coleman, there are outdoor, mini TV-style kitchens; for drinks we could choose from cheese and wine tasting seminars, beer tasting or sherry and food sampling; and baking went all the way from the traditional to quirkier offerings like burlesque baking.

The New Zealand wine tasting session with Charles Metcalfe was a popular choice, with the last seats filling as early as 1pm. We explored six wines, and there were some surprises along the way: my firm favourite, Brancott Estate Flight Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013, was revealed as being only 9% alcohol content. I wouldn’t normally give that a second glance in the supermarket.

If you’re all about eating your way round market stalls chorizo slice by chorizo slice, cheese segment by cheese segment and prosecco sip by… you get the idea, this is the event for you.

When it came to choosing lunch from the street food market – including trucks and a selection of converted retro London buses – my decision making capacity crumbled. I was torn between the gourmet sausages, Gaucho BBQ, sushi wraps and Moroccan street food (the winner) – who can resist marinated chicken, cous cous, harissa sauce and lentil salad on a hot summer’s day?

Get yourself some Foodies Festival action…

Foodies Festival | 15-17 August | FEAST at Battersea Park

Tickets cost from £12 to £48 (VIP).

For 2 for 1 tickets CLICK HERE.

For more information go to www.foodiesfestival.com

Thanks go to Gary at Foodies Festival.

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