Culinary heaven at Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival 2017

Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival in Monpellier Gardens.

Hundreds of people from across the country gathered in Cheltenham for a celebration of food this weekend.

Smiling faces wandered around Montpellier Gardens with a pint in one hand and an exotic dish in the other at the Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival 2017.

Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival in Monpellier Gardens.

Culinary highlights included curry goat, dubbed “the most popular dish” by chef Ruby Bennett, who owns Bristol-based R and B Soul Food.

Ruby, who started the business 10 years ago, said the recipes are inspired by her mother and grandmother’s cooking and that she began by cooking for friends.

Enjoyinng the afternoon at Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival in Monpellier Gardens

Dave Bates from west Wales was among those who travelled from far afield to attend the three-day event, which finishes today.

The vegan, 55, said he had enjoyed “good karma” foods such as curry and “giant” olives which were the size of grapes.

Fraser Brown, 22 and Laura Manley, 23 enjoyed a pork belly box which they described as “excellent”, adding that it was a “lovely barbecue dish”.

Chef Pablo Fernandez, who works for Churros Ole, served traditional Spanish pastry similar to donuts but in long swirly strips.

 They came with a side of warm chocolate sauce which Graham Claxton, 39, said was “very nice and very moreish”.Chef Rebecca Sarl works for Yellow Turban Thali who specialise in vegan Indian food. While serving a gluten-free Thali platter to a hungry customer, she explained that it consists of cauliflower, chickpeas, sweet potato, spinach and tomato.

County musicians played to scores of people perched on the grass as they enjoyed the multicultural recipes on offer.

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