A Foodie, Boozy Year in Pictures

2016 has been a year of true ups and downs. Everyone seems to be blogging their resolutions, goals, memories and complaints about how this year has treated them and I don’t know if I can be bothered to reflect on it all here. However, we have had a great year of fantastic food and drink, so let’s see some of the best in my foodie year in pictures! Click on the caption to read the original post.

NB – sorry to anyone that didn’t get a mention – the post was already getting far too long – what a year it’s been!

What was your gastronomic highlight this year?

We had some superb japes courtesy of the Western Park Beer Festival team
We enjoyed a predominantly vegetarian affair in India
A phenomenal trip to Porto rounded off a busy start to the year
2016 was the year all food went blue for LCFC. And so did my hair.
The Birmingham Foodie Festival was a great treat
Incredible menus were presented at Chutney Ivy
Sadly we said goodbye to some Leicester food greats – like The Kitchen at the Cookie
The Parcel Yard presented some blinding special menus – this was for the Queen’s Birthday
We visited Ireland for the first time and enjoyed phenomenal fish and Guinness!
I enjoyed the best wine tasting of my life care of Recaredo
We went on a staycation and fed an American more pork pie than is advisable
2016 was the year of the Afternoon Tea, like this bottomless example from Exchange
We rubbed shoulders with some of the greatest Gelatiere in the world, including Leicester’s Gelato Village at Via Del Gelato, Turin, at the Terra Madre festival
We welcomed some new friends to the city, including Bodega!
Local wine tastings were on par too – like this example in Oakham with Bat & Bottle
And finally, the festive offer has been strong, like 33 Cank Street’s incredible menu with Ben Martin


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