Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Geronimo Festival this Weekend! All about the Food

Geronimo Festival 2016, May Bank Holiday to do, Family Day Out
A few more days to go for those who are going to the Geronimo Festival at Harewood House! It's so exciting! Have you planned your day yet? Don't forget to keep an eye on the weather, it's suppose to be dry and even sunny, but it might still be chilly, and with our British weather, you might even get snow or hailstone, so be extra prepared!

Food wise, we brought a picnic one year at a family festival, but we had a pushchair then. It was our last time to bring a picnic because we aren't one for hauling the bag around when the kids couldn't resist running off to the next attraction! There are definitely plenty of places for you to enjoy your picnic, but if you are like us and prefer to splash out a bit at the festival, I have a list of food stalls that will be at the Geronimo Festivals. So why not take a look and see if there is something you'll fancy?

The Burger
- gourmet burgers and triple cooked chips
- homemade ketchup, roasting and pureeing garlic for their homemade mayonaise, caramelising their onions to a rich sweet golden colour for perfect flavour

Duke's Pizza
- Made on site straight out of a 1972 Dodge Tradesman traditional wood fired oven in under 2 minutes

- Authentic Dutch company serving Dutch mini pancakes, Belgian waffles and crazy milkshakes
- toppings includes Oreo, Cadbury Fudge, Nutella and classic lemon and sugar

Note: When we were brought up in Holland, we used to eat Poffertjes with butter and a good dusting of icing sugar. In my opinion that's still the best way! Why not give our traditional way a try?

- Meals made fresh every day from Yorkshire free range meat and locally sourced ingredients
- Menu lists every ingredient included in each dish
- No salt and sugar added to any of their food
- Brand new children's menu, including Italian meatballs, sweet potato mash with homemade chipotle beans and mozzarella, wholewheat flatbreads, fresh fruit smoothies, etc

Mezani Grill
- Kenyan street food! (I'm so going to try this!)

Castaway Kitchen
- Mediterranean street food
- flatbreads filled to bursting with a range of meat, vegetarian and vegan delights combined with fresh salad of tomatoes, red onion, lettuce and Tzatziki, all locally sourced from the best local suppliers

The Fabulous Fish Finger Company
- Gourmet fish finger sandwiches with a focus on fantastic quality products
- Majority of ingredients sourced locally and ethically, with accompanying home-made sauces including wasabi mayonaise and tartare, soft doughy bread made by local bakers
- Solly the Seagull's kids boxes

Sno Fro
- Authentic Hawaiian shave ice
- made of finely shaved ice with an exotic choice of flavours, served in a pretty flower cup

Smoothie Mania
- Wide range of juices and smoothies with no added sugar, no syrups and are made from 100% fruit
- Gluten and dairy free
- Made on the spot

There are certainly a lot of choices there, and plenty of healthy ones too! I'd love to have triple cooked chips from The Burger, something from the Mezani Grill and Castaway Kitchen, checking out the Poffertjesking for dessert and Sno Fro! And if Smoothie Mania have avocado and banana, I'll be up for that as well! (Well what can I say, food is important to foodies, even if it's not the main attraction!)

I can't wait for the end of May when it's our turn to go to the Geronimo Festival at Tatton Park! For those who are going this weekend to Harewood House, fingers crossed for good weather and have a great time!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Heinz Tomato Ketchup ‘Grow Your Own’ Campaign

Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Grow Your Own, win your own bottle of ketchup competition 2016

We are a big fan of Heinz products, especially their Tomato Ketchup, which we think that, so far, is irreplaceable! We also love brands who are willing to give something back to the nation, which Heinz has been doing for the 4th year this year with their Grow Your Own campaign.

This year, apart from a range of competitions held on their Facebook page, they've also partnered with pothole gardener Steve Wheen and planted several miniature Grow Your Own tomato gardens across the country (London, Manchester, Cardiff, Brighton, Bristol and Birmingham), hoping to bring the nation's attention back to the beauty of the UK gardens, and encourage people to grow their own food, especially tomatoes of course! Here are some pictures of the Birmingham and Manchester miniature tomato gardens:

Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Grow Your Own, win your own bottle of ketchup competition 2016
Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Grow Your Own, win your own bottle of ketchup competition 2016
Aren't they adorable?! They even came with mini bicycle and benches too. They are certainly brightening up the cities! Next time if you pop over to one of the big cities, do keep an eye on the floor because you might just find something this beautiful to brighten up your day!

And why not give Grow Your Own a go as well? It'll encourage children to eat more vegetables too. I remember how much Abby loved picking and eating our home grown salad and tomatoes, we must do it again this year!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

My Littly Pony and Clangers at Geronimo this May!

Geronimo Festival 2016, Family Day Out, May Bank Holiday to do with children
Wow it's almost May already, and Geronimo Festival 2016 are still adding new line ups to their already busy schedule (you can find my previous posts on their updates here), we are really looking forward to it!

Today's news will excite My Little Pony and Clangers fans because they will both appear at the Geronimo Festival during both bank holidays!

Geronimo Festival 2016, Family Day Out, May Bank Holiday to do with children

The My Little Pony Friendship Bus will be a big hit at the Geronimo Festival for sure! Kids can:

- get a pony makeover at the Rarity's Manehattan Makeover Station
- create their very own passport at the Pony Passport Photo Booth

and go to the top deck for

- Rainbow Dash's Cloudsfale Colouring Station
- Fluttershy's Crystal Empire Entertainment
- Pinkie Pie's Ponyville Play Station

It's going to be a busy attraction!

Geronimo Festival 2016, Family Day Out, May Bank Holiday to do with children

The Clangers is one of Clay's favourite CBeebies show at the moment, which is a top rating BAFTA award winning TV show. There will be storytelling throughout the weekends, and little ones can look out for Small Clanger and Tiny Clanger and whistle hello to them! I sense plenty of photo opportunities too!

Ben and Holly and Peppa Pig will also make an appearance at the Tumble Tots marquee,
White Helmets - UK's no.1 military motorbike display team joining at the Arena Zone,

Don't forget to check out my previous posts for a full list of other attractions, and one listed by age group! The beautiful weather we are having these 2 days really make us look forward to Geronimo, fingers crossed the weather will be as amazing as today's!