Foodie Weekender at The Coliseum
Bank Holiday Weekend at The Coliseum Shopping Park
The recipe for a good Bank Holiday weekend calls for a couple of simple but key ingredients. Firstly, the sun needs to show it's face at some point during the weekend. 15 degrees? We'll take it. Secondly, indulging yourself on food and drinks for the entire three days is absolutely mandatory. You've worked hard this week. You deserve it.
Luckily enough for me, I was invited down to the Coliseum Shopping Park in Ellesmere Port to check out their Bank Holiday Foodie Weekender. Sunny day? Check. Good food? Check. Drinks? You bet.
Arriving early (midday) we started with a coffee from Badger and Bean- the cutest little converted Tuk Tuk kitted out with an espresso machine,speciality teas and homemade cakes & sat down to wake ourselves up and soak up the atmosphere. (FYI the coffee was excellent).
Full of shoppers taking a break from the bags, there was stuff going on for the kids including face painters and balloon artists as well as stuff for the grown-ups to enjoy (the giant teepee bar).
Having eased ourselves in to the day, we headed over to The Gourmet Sausage Box for our first try of the food- a converted horse box serving up a unique take on a sausage sarnie. We went for the 'Welsh Dragon'- a spicy sausage, grilled and served on a soft white roll with caramelised onions, cheese and coleslaw. Really good. The only way I will eat sausages from now on.
Next, we tried Twist and Snout. A Liverpool-based Hog Roast company who take all the best bits of a Sunday roast and merge them in to one ultimate sandwich. Pulled pork, rosemary stuffing, salad, apple sauce, BBQ sauce and an absolutely whopping piece of crackling tucked in to a squishy white bap/barm/bun (delete as appropriate). As you can imagine based on that line-up of ingredients- it was divine. I'd happily pay for bags of that crackling to munch on in the cinema.
Now as we all know, a meal ain't a meal without dessert. On site was the cutest little ice-cream van, Hyacinth.
We picked out a white chocolate and honeycomb scoop from the menu to sit and enjoy whilst watching the crowds drift about. Also on offer- caramel fudge, clotted cream and chocolate heaven. It was a tough pick but I was happy with our choice.
We had a fab morning enjoying the brief glimpses of Bank Holiday sunshine. What impressed us most was the quality of the producers available- no greasy burger vans here! The lovely people running the vans were all local and friendly and clearly passionate about good quality, tasty food. Plus there were different food vans available on each day- great for any locals after a second visit.
There's rumours there might be a Christmas edition of the #FoodieWeekender. I can't wait!