Bangor’s first ever food festival, which took place on Sunday 30th September, shed light onto the culinary artists close to home. With over 15 different food stands, a cocktail garden, and live performances on stage, we were quite frankly blown away. This excellent bonanza was put together and raised all the spirits of the otherwise boring, hungover Sundays. Open to all members of the community, it welcomed students and locals to come together and socialise in a means that isn’t a noise complaint.
As soon as we approached Bangor High Street, our nostrils were overwhelmed with the amount of flavours in the air and we proceeded ahead with sheer delight. The vast majority of stands provided for inclusion of all palates and dietary requirements, and an all-round great day!
At first, we waded round the busy queues, taking in all the sights and sounds, this led us to the sizzling spectacular of Bigo’s specialist sausage stand. Our editor, Finnian Shardlow, dived right in with their signature hot dog, and gave us a solid 10/10 review. Smothered in sauerkraut and onions, this massive bratwurst laid in a bed of ketchup and mayo. Next, we ventured down into the park, following the sounds of the sirens of the stage. This was accompanied by many a dancing toddler, and adults swigging their craft beers; truly a family day out.
Popular stands of ours included Chocolate and Churros, as well as the Cove, who were debuting their latest cocktail: Watermelon. This entails half a watermelon, shelled out and the inside blitzed with a selection of spirits and tastes extremely sweet and fruity! The High Street was flooded with bobbing heads queuing for some grub and with most stalls selling out before the end of the day you can tell the day was a great success, boosting morale and atmosphere of the surrounding areas.
A special highlight of mine was watching the sheer volume of dogs enjoying their time running around the cocktail corner, shout out to Finlay the dog – we love you!