4 reasons foodies love the races at Ascot
Festival of Food and Wine at Ascot Racecourse
1. Festival of Food and Wine
Encompassing top quality food and drink from over 100 stalls, Ascot Food and Wine Festival offered us the chance to peruse, sample and stock up on gastronomic delights from around the world.
Located in the concourse of the impressive Grandstand building, the stands provided a variety of offerings including artisan gins, British cheese, bespoke coffee and much more. There was also a cooking theatre and masterclasses featuring celebrities of the culinary world such as Raymond Blanc who also has a restaurant in the venue.
2. Picnics on the grounds
Ascot guests are allowed to brings picnics with them and there is plenty of space in the grounds to enjoy it. In fact, picnics can be laid out directly in front of the race track to ensure great views of the races.
3. Private boxes with private kitchens
We were lucky enough to have a private Appletiser box on the fifth floor of the impressive six storey building. Equipped with a viewing gallery, private kitchen, fully stocked bar and 2 personal staff, the box provided the perfect set-up to enjoy a food-filled day!
Our lunch prepared in the boxes private kitchen consisted of a buffet lunch themed on an Ascot picnic table included maple glazed Suffolk ham, spiced pulled chicken and golden cross and caramelised balsamic onion tart. There was also Summer leaf salad, toasted quinoa and new season potatoes on the side.
4. Traditional afternoon tea
Afternoon tea is a tradition Ascot relishes. Many of the fine dining restaurants at Ascot, as well as the private boxes serve traditional afternoon tea.
Our afternoon tea was served in our box and included a selection of sandwiches and scones with jam and clotted cream. We also had a sample of mini verrines, individual cheesecakes and delicious mango coulis, salted caramel and vanilla chantilly cream to douse on our desserts.
We had a great time at Ascot and the experience of the private box with lunch and afternoon tea was amazing. To top it all off, my horse came first in the final race and I won £60! There is no doubt that Ascot Food and Wine Festival is a great time to visit for all foodies and non-foodies alike.
Share your foodie experiences at Ascot in the comments below and let me know if you have any tips to enjoy the day too!
A special thanks to Appletiser and Brand2Life for their hospitality.
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