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Foodies Review by Ben

This weekend Real Foods rocked the Foodies Festival with a stall bursting with organic and local produce. Over one of the hottest weekends of the year, thousands of visitors visited us in Holyrood Park  to taste Booja Booja truffles and Hale n Hearty breadsticks. Our central position in the Producers’ Market at Foodies became a lively hub of activity as visitors were able to receive answers from Tash, Aaron and Ben on all manner of health-related questions. People flocked to sample Dr Martin’s organic coconut water and judge for themselves the great taste and enormous health benefits of the incredibly popular drink. Alongside tastings, visitors enjoyed our range of raw chocolate, superfoods and Real Foods mueslis, while our best-selling Real Foods Recipe Book was a massive hit. Real Foods at Foodies – healthy living never tasted so good.

The winner of our competition for tickets to this event had this to say:

Just a perfect day
What would your ideal summer day entail? Picture it: a Sunday, time to relax, sun, food to savour, interesting people, entertaining demonstrations, a drink or two. Everything came nicely together at Foodies at the Festival in Holyrood Park at the weekend. 
Arriving early, Mr EF and I managed to visit plenty of the stands before it got too busy. It was a great chance to chat to the stall holders and find out more about their products. Whilst I am not advocating unnecessary amounts of printed paper, I think many companies missed the chance to engage with their customers by not giving more of a back story on fliers and when they chat to prospective buyers! You’re far more likely to make a second purchase when you understand their passion!
Ben on the Real Foods stand introduced us to some new coconut drinks. It’s always refreshing (pun intended) to find something different to drink, that is pure and actually good for you! We agreed that the CocoWater was our particular favourite. I am now also thinking about using some of the superfoods that Real Foods stock – very intriguing. On another stand, it was particularly refreshing experience to taste Belhaven’s new iced desserts (rather like sorbets), entirely fat-free in flavours including raspberry, gooseberry, apple and vanilla. Perhaps the most intriguing stand was one stocking various types of dried seaweed – excellent to use in soups and stews!
An interesting mix of restaurants provided food at the event including Hawke and Hunter, Tex Mex II, Passorn (Thai) and Good Seed Bistro. It could have been a good way of trying out a new restaurant, but I was not totally convinced. I am sure it is challenging to cook in a temporary kitchen, but our impression of the food provided by the award-winning Passorn, for example, was not good, far too greasy. 
We left mid-afternoon. The area by that time was crowded with people enjoying themselves, trying many of the alcoholic tipples, sampling the food on the stands, chattering with friends. In all, it was a perfect summer’s day.

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