Sunday, 10 July 2011

Kirkstall Festival

Yesterday I went to Kirkstall Festival in Leeds, which isn't too far from my new home held at the impressive Kirkstall Abbey.

Having not been before I wasn't sure what to expect of it, but was pleasantly surprised.  Lots of activities for families to watch or participate in, rides for the kids (I'm disappointed we never made it on the waltzers), bands playing, stalls selling bits and pieces for various charities and local schools etc, the Marvellous Tea Dance Company putting on a tea dance, and selling Pimms, and of course a beer tent.   There were also lots of food vendors, ranging from the box standard burgers and hot dogs right through to vegetarian and then fish and chips with a twist.

I opted for a Mackerel Bap from local food heroes Fish&.  I was torn between that and the taster portion of fish and chips, but having heard so much about the Mackbap I couldn't resist trying one.

I've only had Mackerel once before, when I made an ill-fated attempt at using it for kedgeree. It was vile...  This on the other hand was lovely - crispy, tasty fish with a delicious lemon mayonnaise.  It restored my faith in mackerel....

After the grub we headed to the beer tent, I opted for a cider, Katie had a beer from Kirkstall Brewery.  Both went down well... We had a brief sit down by the river and people watch, and then headed to watch local band Hope and Social, who I'd heard lots about, but never seen before.

The band's enthusiasm was infectious, we all loved them and were nodding, foot tapping and bopping along to the tunes.  They're a bit happier than my usual taste in music, but I really enjoyed it.

I had a lovely afternoon, especially catching up with a few tweeters, @wandapops, @monkeyson, @CatNamedEaster, @Decknologist and of course my guide to Kirkstall from Hyde Park @Katie_Buffalo.