Yesterday the sun shone, the crowds came out and the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival got under way. As I mentioned before there is plenty there for everyone and a walk around the stalls revealed food to suit every taste under the sun, whether you like sweet or savoury, pies or curry it was all there. And by early afternoon the air was rich with the smells of cooking.
But this blog is primarily about beer. So what was there to suit the beer drinker. Plenty as it happens. Local pubs The Star, The Sportsman and the Kings Head all have stalls, as do local breweries Nook and Elland. There are those that dislike the use of plastic glasses (don't you Jibber !) but I suppose health and safety has its place, and to be honest the beer tasted fine.
It was not hard to find a beer to your taste from Bobs 'Chardonayle'(C) at the Kings Head stall, to the Nook 'Oat Stout', from Mallinsons 'Mild Summer' at the Star stall to Elland's 'Day Tripper'. All were in fine fettle and a testament to how much work the stall holders had put in to provide a decent product.
The Sportsman doubled up as both a local brewery and a pub stall, showcasing a couple of their beers, 'Town Mild' with its new 2.7% gravity and 'Sup Porter' alongside their own 'Festival' ale and a couple of others. Everywhere you looked there were people drinking, and hunting down their favourite. For some reason, with all the good beer about some philistines insisted on drinking lager !
If you have never been, this year is well worth the trip, but beware, what starts off as a quick look round soon turns into an afternoon in the sun, meeting old friends, sampling good things, and generally chilling out.
The festival runs all weekend, and has a late opening Friday and Saturday. Just hope the weather stays fine for everyone.