This fabulous three day event in June, was the stepping stone that The Chesters needed to start a bit of normality after lockdown restrictions were first eased. Running from Friday 25th June to Sunday 27th June, the outdoor Cheltenham festival celebrated all things local and showcased a range of businesses in the food and drink sector. 

Our Day: 

Paul had prepaid tickets for the two of us, and the children were free. 
We arrived at Montpellier Gardens (opposite The Ivy Restaurant) at the opening time of 10am on the Sunday. All was quiet, and we freely wondered around the ground perusing Cheltenham’s fantastic offerings. Paul has a sweet tooth so made a beeline for cakes, brownies and doughnuts first! As the day went on, Montpellier Gardens became a hive of activity. The bars and barbecues became popular and the organisers had provided lots of benches and tables, allowing us to sit comfortably in the shade to enjoy a number of different lunchtime snacks. Here is Megan pictured with ‘Love Cheesecakes!’ See below for our other business champions from the Three Counties of the day! 

Festival Highlights: 

Having been to many food and drink festivals over the last few years, we were particularly impressed with the entertainment provided by Cheltenham food festival organisers. Musicians and bands filled the atmosphere with popular songs in the stage area all weekend, which I believe particularly enticed onlookers to flock to Montpellier Gardens on Friday and Saturday evening. 
The variety of children’s entertainment kept our children, Charlie (3) and Megan (1) engaged for large sections of our time spent at the festival and we were surprised at how much Paul and I had been caught up in the fun loving atmosphere. In fear of finding the entertainment cheesy, I had imagined that I would have to begrudgingly join in for our children’s sake but rapidly I became aware that I was clapping and cheering along with the rest of Montpellier Gardens. From fire juggling on unicycles to enormous bubble blowing, and of course, wine talks and cookery demonstrations with the professionals…Cheltenham certainly delivered the best in the entertaining business. 

Who had what and from where: 

6 decorated doughnuts – Divine Doughnuts, Hereford, Herefordshire. 
4 different flavour cheesecakes – Love Cheesecakes 
1 large Brie and 3 different cheeses – The Truckle Cheese 
Company, Evesham, Worcestershire 
2 huge burgers – Roly Poly Eats, Worcestershire 
1 bottle of gin – Malvern Gin, Worcestershire 
½ pint beer – Boat Lane Brewery, Evesham, Worcestershire 
1 wine – Cheltenham Grape, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 
½ pint Gloucester Gold beer – Gloucester Brewery 

Huge Shout Out 

We’d like to also give a huge shout out to all of the businesses that spent three lengthy days at Cheltenham Food Festival, whether you are based in the Three Counties or national, we hope the weekend was a huge success for you all! 
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