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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

What I Thought Of My First Fizz Festival

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Now, if you're anything like me, you'll have seen an array of prosecco festivals doing their rounds on Facebook events. Usually they're in the next year and by the time it comes around, I'll have forgotten all about it.


And to be honest, I'm a bit dubious about the idea of them, because I can just drink prosecco at home, for let's face it, a fraction of the price. In a bid to get a fair view of what actually goes down at one of these events, when the Altrincham Fizz Festival popped up on a free afternoon I had, off we went.


I'd never actually been to Altrincham before (mum, if you're reading this and we have in fact been as children, pop me a message and I'll write a retraction...), so we arrived a little bit early to have a quick stroll around the area - which involved me telling Ellie every 30 seconds that I liked this shop and that bar and maybe that restaurant. Forget Amsterdam in 24 hours, I could give you an Altrincham lowdown in 24 minutes based on first glances.


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This festival, named 'The Fizz Festival' takes place at both Altrincham and Yorkshire and unlike solely basing around prosecco, is about champagne too, which is never a bad thing. I didn't really know what to expect. Would it be one big bar? Would I be able to tell the difference between each bottle? How much fizz do you get?


Here's some answers... In each session you get three hours to work your way around over a dozen stalls of varying bottles from different countries, made in different ways. I'd already been to a wine tasting event a few days beforehand, so my education only continued, discovering quite frankly everything about prosecco and champagne.


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I'll hold my hands up and admit when I go to the supermarket, I usually pick up the prosecco on offer or if I'm splashing out on champagne, it's either a Moet or Lanson - so it was refreshing (literally) to be shown just how different every bottle can be, and really get to grips with what taste I like the best. I'm into a softer and smooth fizz as opposed to a sharp finish, which I was surprised to discover that a labelling of 'extra dry' means a sweeter bottle. MIND BLOWN. And that I actually enjoyed some cavas more than prosecco, when I'd never normally pick up a bottle of that.



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You get given a sample of each stall and in some cases there's 4-5 different bottles to try on each. At first I was adamant I'd walk away pretty sober, but I actually had to stop before the final four stalls, because the fizz started to get to me. And I'm not usually a lightweight - so eat well before you go! We had a cheeky chippy dinner before boarding the tram back to the city to soak it all up.


Two bottles that stuck out was a blue Spanish wine by brand Skyfall and a chocolate wine. I don't think I could stomach a whole bottle of the chocolate, but amongst all the classic champers - was a nice change. Tickets started at £15 which for the amount of time, alcohol and education you get, is for me, a fizz lover, money damn well spent.

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