THERE’s quite a celebration planned in Harrogate for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
You may already know about the two-day festival planned for the West Park Stray, featuring a fire pit and an ox roast.
Apparently, special permission was required from the Queen to take a shovel to the Stray. When they asked if it was allowed, she was totally cool with it.
“Just do it already,” she said, possibly. “If cyclists are allowed now, we might as well dig the whole bloody thing up.”
The Queen’s always been oddly reactionary about cyclists. It’s one of the reasons we don’t call her any more (that and the fact she borrowed our bootleg DVDs of The Wire season four two years ago and STILL hasn’t watched it).
So, the festival. Weetons and the Harrogate Food & Drink Festival are both involved with the event - with Weetons donating the ox.
And we’ve been sent some details about the food traders who’ll be taking part. Lulubelles – whose pink camper van will be familiar to many – will be serving afternoon tea and cake; Ginger’s Comfort Emporium – winner of best dessert in the British Street Food Awards – will be on ice cream duty; there’ll be fish and chips from Leeds-based Fish&, English grub from The Greedy Bassets Kitchen, paella from Las Paellera and sausages from Olley and Olley.
The list goes on, and also includes South American and Mexican foods from El Kantina, Tios Snack Shack and Lets Go Mexicana; wood-fired pizza from The Pizza Farm and The Pizza Pod, homemade pasta and sauces from Streatza and spicy wraps from Tropicana Catering and Marketwrapz.