Foodies festival on Clapham Common

On account of starting my new, scary grown-up job today, here’s just a little taste of what we got up to at the weekend.

We were down on Clapham Common, having a feast of a time at the Foodies Festival….

With lots of interesting booze stalls, cuisine from all over the world and local produce too, there was plenty for us to get excited about (plus we found the barbecue of our dreams – more about that later). El wasn’t too fussed about the kids’ cookery theatre and cooking classes, but he loved watching Anjula Devi making classic curries and getting his laughing gear around gourmet burgers and a hog roast.

There’s another one of these foodie festivals in Battersea Park during August 2013, and I’m sorely tempted to go (in spite of having something of a dicky stomach all day today – perhaps it was the combination of all that rich food washed down with lemojitos and 7.5% Black Dragon cider?)

The cover price (£15 each) is expensive given you’re essentially paying to shop and buy food/drink, but we had tickets comped on account of my other half doing some artwork for the festival, and there are usually ways to get your hands on a freebie if you do some research ahead of the date.

It was a fab family day out and even though the sun didn’t shine it made for the pefect summer afternoon…

El poses with Sandy the dog at the Purbeck ice cream stand

Then he wasted no time getting stuck into a gourmet burger

…and I couldn’t wait to taste a “lemojito” (made with fresh lemonade, muddled mint and lime and rum – yum). My flowery trousers are from Uniqlo

We just had to buy some plants for the new garden, natch – “lime thyme” was one of ’em

And El was compelled to get a Riesling tattoo at the German wine stand (the new Blue Nun bottles are well sexy, I’ll have you know). He baffled his schoolmates with it today

And we finished the day in style by attending Anjula Devi’s “beginners guide to masala paste” – El went to see the curries and bhajis she made up close and took this lovely shot at the end
Written by Johanna Payton