Open East Festival

Yesterday I accompanied my friend Caroline to the Open East Festival at the Olympic Park, which celebrated the first anniversary of the London Olympics (how quickly 12 months flew by, eh!)

You still have time to check it out  as the festival continues today with an amazing line up of music, artists, performers and chefs. If I'm honest, I had way more fun than I anticipated. The atmosphere was phenomenal and performances sprang up all over the park as we wandered through it.

We caught an excellent krumping dance show by Blue Boy Entertainment and heard the Pandemonium drummers (of Olympic Opening Ceremony fame) reverberating around the park before we spotted them in all their light bulb/bowler hat glory!

There were some truly amazing sights to behold, such as this life-sized inflatable model of Stonehenge! It was the brainchild of Turner prize winning artist Jeremy Deller and certainly claims the prize for the largest and most original bouncy castle I've ever encountered!

A stall called Retro Pigeon caught my eye with their vibrantly coloured ,hand-made creations designed using vintage fabric from the 1970s. 

Then there was the Art Car Boot Fair, where well-known artists flogged their wares, my favourite being this cheeky print.....

....and one stall held a lucky-dip tombola where you walked away with a random print for the unbeatable price of £10!

Here's Caroline proudly displaying her £10 lucky-dip prize!!

And here's me chilling out amongst all the food stalls (and getting yet more wear out of my H&M summer dress that I blogged about here last week!)

 We treated ourselves to a chocolate brownie (me) and a banana & walnut cake (Caroline) before diving into the Real Food Festival Cookery Theatre to watch them cook a beautiful lamb joint with creamy mash, broad beans and mushrooms. How clever is the mirror positioned above the worktop?! It allows you to get a bird's eye view of every step in the cooking process - genius!

To round off the day we entertained ourselves by watching all of the good sports who tried their hand (or should that be foot?) at 100 metre sprinting. Who knows, we may even have witnessed the early races of some future-Olympians!?

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