Monday, 20 July 2015

Foodies Festival Edinburgh - Ticket Giveaway

by Bex

As promised, here is our giveaway to win tickets, kindly offered by Foodies Festivals for the Edinburgh event at Inverleith Park on 7th, 8th and 9th August.  The winner will receive a pair of adult tickets for the day of their choice.

You can read about my experience at the Brighton festival here and you can enter below to win tickets to attend the Edinburgh event.

This year, it's even bigger to celebrate 10 years of the festival.  Chefs confirmed for the Edinburgh Foodies Festival include:

Michelin-star Marcello Tully - Kinloch Lodge
Jamie Scott - MasterChef: The Professionals 2014 winner
Adam Handling - Adam Handling at Caxton voted Scotland’s Chef of the Year
Fraser Allan - The Pompadour by Galvin
Mark Greenaway – Restaurant Mark Greenaway and Bistro Moderne
Tony Singh - TV Chef & food Author 
Paul Wedgwood – Wedgwoods
Neil Forbes – Cafe St Honore
Jian Wang - Chop Chop
Graeme Pallister – 63 Tay Street
Colin Findlay - Melville Castle
Kim Atcharahorn Kaewkraikhot - Chaophraya 
Ian McAndrew - Blackaddie 

(The Cake & Bake Theatre sounds ideal for my old Glasgow Baking Club buddies: A haven for passionate bakers with Scotland's top cake makers and patissiers sharing their tips for baking delicious summer cakes. Visitors can also enjoy 3D cake modelling, Chocolate Making and Sugar-Craft masterclasses and a complementing Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village sells bakes, jams, and the latest baking gadgets.)

Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 0844 995 1111

Friday adult day ticket £10.00 (£8.00 concession)
Saturday or Sunday adult day ticket £13.00 (£11.00 concession)
3-day adult ticket £20.00 (£16.00 concession)
Friday VIP ticket £35.00
Saturday or Sunday VIP ticket £38.00
VIP tickets include a welcome glass of bubbly, access to the VIP tent with private bar and refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, a goody bag and a showguide.
All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.

Open times:
Friday 7th August: 11am – 7pm
Saturday 8th August: 10am – 8pm
Sunday 9th August: 10am – 7pm

Here's how to win a free pair of tickets:

Simply comment below about why you want to attend, as per the instructions on the Rafflecopter.  Additional entries are possible by tweeting about the giveaway.

Good luck!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Foodies Festival Brighton (And FF Edinburgh Giveaway!)

by Bex

Way back in my very busy May, before we drove up to Glasgow for Aaron's 1st birthday and then had our twins' naming ceremony at home, I was given tickets to go along to the Brighton Foodies Festival.  We received 4 tickets (and the babies are obviously free anyway) so we took along Nik's parents (fellow foodies and very helpful with the babies too!!) and made a day of it.  See below for details on our upcoming giveaway for tickets to the Edinburgh Foodies Festival!

Unfortunately, for Sussex it was a pretty dull day and very chilly down by the sea in Brighton.  We soon warmed up wandering around the stalls though and there were a few events in the big marquees which also gave us a chance to warm up.  The babies were wrapped up all cosy in their buggy, using the seats for the first time, graduating from the carrycots!

These events in the marquees were free, included in the ticket price, you just need to sign up at the tent by the entrance for the ones you want to attend.  We were too late for the Champagne tasting unfortunately as it had already started (and was unsurprisingly full!) when we got there at around 11:30.  We did sneak into the back of a quieter one though when at the other end of the festival as Priya got hungry!  It was a cooking demonstration by Dave Mothersill, head chef at The Salt Room restaurant in Brighton and John Whaite was also helping out.  Dave made a lovely looking seafood dish and people were invited up to see and taste the food at the end and I went to ask the name of the chef (having missed the start) and Priya and I posed for a picture with the two chefs, Kalyan helped Nik take the photo!  ;)

We soon decided it was time for lunch and there was a huge variation of foods to choose from!  Nik's Mum went for a pulled pork bun, his Dad had Jerk Chicken and Nik and I went for an amazing beef ciabatta roll with chimichurri sauce from Boy Meats Grill.  The beef was cooked medium in big chunks and then sliced and served fresh.  It was so yummy, the sauce was perfect with it - punchy, lemony, herby deliciousness!

Boy Meats Grill

Nik's Mum wasn't keen on her choice (I tried it and it wasn't very tasty) so she ended up having pizza also.  Co-op had a stall where they were selling their frozen pizzas, stone-baked with a glass of prosecco for £6 and all the proceeds went to local charities.  As Nik and I had shared our beef ciabatta, we also had a half pizza to share and it was delicious!  We chose The Rainbow Fund on behalf of our rainbow twins ;)

After lunch we were getting a bit chilly again so went to another show, this time about foraging and making things from foraged foods by Sarah Watson at Wild Feast.  It was really interesting but was a bit slow at the start so I took lots of photos of the babies enjoying time with Dadaji and Grandma and Kalyan making lots of amazing different faces!

At the end we got to sample such things as wild garlic dip, elderflower fizz and gorse flower booze (I can't remember if it was rum or gin).

After this we had one last wander round the stalls and stumbled across some delicious frozen yoghurt lollies by Claudi & Fin, we sampled both the Strawberry and Mango and loved them both, although the mango was my favourite!  They're available in Sainsbury's, highly recommended!

It soon got all too much for the twins so we bought a few bits of filo quiche to take home for dinner and made our way back to Uckfield.

Foodies Festival have kindly given us a pair of adult tickets to give away for the 10th anniversary celebrations at Inverleith Park.  The festival is on the 7th, 8th and 9th August and you can choose which day you wish to attend.  We'll be running the giveaway this week so keep your eyes peeled to be in with a chance of winning free tickets!

Monday, 13 July 2015

My Little Miss Chatterbox

by Bex

I'm finally catching up with photo editing.  This was back in May when Priya was becoming more and more animated and chatty.  We'd gone out for lunch to a local pub and she was in her element surrounded by people after having a good munch on some of my food.  I can think of so many captions for these photos but I'll let you use your imagination as to what you think she might be saying.  I just love this series of photos.

Kalyan slept through the whole meal in his car seat.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Paddling pool fun

by Bex

I bought a cheap paddling pool for the babies recently and added the balls I got at an NCT nearly new sale.  We had 2 big bags of balls but the pool was too big for them to be effective as a ball pit.  Priya was the first to try it out and we just piled the balls onto her in the dry pool.  She was a bit confused at first but soon started enjoying it.

I decided to keep the big pool for us adults to dip our feet (or whole selves) in the hot weather and bought another much smaller (and cuter) pool for the twins.  I'd seen Megan having a lot of fun in hers and I bought some more bags of balls to go with it.  It turns out to be an excellent purchase (thanks for the inspiration Katie!)  and £10 well spent (+ £10 for the balls).

I set it up in the living room when it arrived as it wasn't a very warm day and we had lots of fun playing and taking photos.  The green sunshade makes for a fab bright backdrop!

Kalyan wasn't too sure about sitting in the balls and soon had enough.

Priya loved it though and I started throwing balls at her saying "Ready....catch." (before Mum took over so I could take photos of the massive grins!).  She loved the balls bouncing off her head!

Kalyan was quite happy quietly licking the balls from the safety of the rug.

We've since used it in the garden in the sunshine and then with water in as well.  Again, K was a bit unsure initially but he is warming to it (it seems he's not a fan of the red balls!).


This lovely sunny day was their 7 month birthday.  You can see a series of them fighting over the milestone card here.

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