Glasgow Mela (West End, Glasgow) – Event

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Photo from http://www.glasgowmela.com

Date
Sunday 2nd July 2017

Location
Kelvingrove Park

Website : www.glasgowmela.com

Cost : FREE

This was my 4th Mela, and I enjoyed the last 3 so I was really looking forward to todays event. I have to admit the past 3 times I’ve been, 2 out of 3 its rained none stop so I was hoping for a nice day which we kinda got.

The weather today said dull cloudy with light rain, and this was accurate as we did get rain on and off but mostly off so that didn’t put a downer on the day. Todays Mela was the busiest I have seen, which was good for all the stalls and acts that were here today.

If you have never attended a Mela you have many stalls that sell clothes, jewellery, food, toys etc all mixed. Then you have a few stages where there are several types of acts performing, these can range in dancing, singing, both etc so there is definitely a lot to keep you entertained.

My last visit I tried something called a Jalebi, it’s a traditional Indian sweet mostly eaten on its own or in warm milk and is an important part of festivals and celebrations. If you have a sweet tooth this is for you, if not then avoid but do be warned its very addictive well it was for me.

The event starts at 12 and finished around 7pm so it’s a good long day, so if you want to see the acts you have to get there early to catch all the performances.

I won’t go into full details about every act, I am going to mention the ones that stood out for me or you would be reading for hours and hours…..so will keep it short for you.

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Abhinaya Dance Group

These girls were very good, they performed several times to different style of music and dances. Each move was perfectly times, and a smooth transition between songs and dances.

The colours were visually stunning, and the dances were perfect.

Kennedy Cupcakes

Twitter : @kennedycupcakes
Website : www.kennedycupcakes.com

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VIDEO : VIEW VIDEO

This groups is a 1940’s/50’s inspired dance group, all the dances are performed to popular songs from the 1940’s/50’s and they were similar outfits.

This was very cool to see and fun to watch.

Roshan Prince

Twitter : @roshanprince

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Video : View Video

Roshan Prince is a Punjabi singer, producer, musician, songwriter and actor.

For me Roshan Prince was someone I didn’t know, films or music (had a look when I got home) so I didn’t know what to expect. When he was introduced the audience went wild, and even more so when he was singing and not just from the girls.

He was very energetic and what I liked was he interacted with the crowd a lot, so it was a very fun performance to watch.

Overall : 

This years Mela was really good, and I was very pleased to see such a large turn out and even more so the rain didn’t last long.

Just like the previous years, I was introduced to more performers, dancers, singers etc which is always good.

Please do visit this next year, as you will see when you get there you will have lots to do and see.

See you next year Mela!

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My Visit to Lomond Shores SpringFest 2017 Event

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Location

Loch Lomond Shores
Ben Lomond Way
Balloch
G83 8QL

Website

www.lochlomondshores.com

Visit Date

Sunday 2nd April 2017

I have been visiting Lomond Shores a lot this year, its a really relaxing place and its a nice day out.

On April 1st and 2nd they were holding their SpringFest event, this event has many many stalls food, drink etc so this is one event I couldn’t miss.

I was going with a group of friends, most who had never seen Lomond Shores and they were looking forward to seeing it. We aimed to get the train from Glasgow Central as this is a nice way to travel here, and it only takes about 50-55 minutes.

On arrival at Central Station we were told that the lines to Balloch were getting replaced, and a bus service was put on for this. This bus service would take about 1 hour and 50 mins, so we knew we were in for a long trip…on the plus side the train would be back on for the return to Glasgow.

Anyway enough of the trip and now to the event….

SpringFest 2017 :

I had three stalls I really wanted to visit at SpringFest 2017 they were :

  1. Funky Fudge
  2. Island Slice Rum
  3. All Things Nice Food

Two of the above I had seen at the last Lomond Shores event, but Island Slice Rum I had recently seen on Facebook and since I like rum had to check them out to see what they offer.

On arrival I could see there were A LOT more stall than the previous time, this was great to see and tons of people walking about so I was happy it was as busy as this for all the stalls and Lomond Shores.

There were lots of stalls here today, so I won’t bored you and do a full run down but what I will do is talk about the main ones I visited.

Funky Fudge :

Twitter : @funkyfudge_uk
FacebookVIEW

This was a must to visit, as I really liked chatting to the guys last time and really liked the fudge.

This time round I wanted to try some of the other flavours, but the Billionaire Fudge I had to get again as it was my favourite from the last time.

They had a few new flavours for me to try, and the most recent new one was Lemonade so I thought I would get that one plus a few others.

This visit I purchased 10, but I will talk about my favourites out the 10.

  1. Billionaire Fudge
  2. Rockyroad Fudge
  3. Mars Fudge
  4. Malteser Fudge

The above 4 are now my top fav’s from Funky Fudge, and these are ones I will get next time I see them.

Do check them out if you see them at any events.

Island Slice :

Websitewww.islandslice.co.uk
FacebookIsland Slice
Twitter@islandslicerum

I had seen a few Instagram and Facebook mentions about Island Slice, and then spotted that they were going to be at this event so I added them as one my 100% must check out stalls.

As you know I have been doing a lot of Rum Club Promotions when Sugar Dumplin (Glasgow) was open, and now about to start promoting a new Glasgow Rum Club so I had to buy some of Island Slice products to sample.

I decided to go for the pack today which contained the following :

  • Caribbean Rum Fusion
  • Caribbean Wine Fusion
  • Funky Island Slice Glass

I tried the samples today of both the above and liked both, so I got this today to try at home.

Caribbean Rum Fusion :  This is my favourite out the two fusions, it just tastes right, had a nice after taste and you want more. It’s not a strong flavour, and the spices add a nice flavour.

Caribbean Wine Fusion : For me this is ok, its got an ok taste but one that I couldn’t drink a lot of where as the Rum one I could.

I really liked these and will get more next time I see these guys, both drinks were very refreshing and my favourite was the Caribbean Rum Fusion one

All Things Nice Food :

Websitewww.allthingsnicefood.co.uk
Twitter : @allthingsnicefo

I visited this company at the last Lomond Shore event, and just like the Funky Fudge and Island Slice I had to come back and try some Jam this time round as I got a Salted Caramel Sauce.

Just like last time we got talking, and again had a nice chat. Today I got a marmalade for my Gran and a Jam for myself.

The Jam I got today was “Strawberry and Cracked Black Pepper Jam”, at the time of writing this post I have not tried it yet as I am working my way through the Fudge, the Rum etc etc etc but I will add a little update when I do.

The Great British Cheese Company :

Websitegbcheese.co.uk
Twitter : @GBCheeseCo

I had never heard of this company till today, I like cheese mostly strong flavours so I thought I would stop say hi and see what they had to offer….not expecting to buy anything.

I got chatting to the guys here, and they allowed me to sample a few cheeses on display.

All the cheeses I tried I liked but one stood out from the rest, this cheese was “The Drunken Monk”

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The description for this cheese is “Mature cheddar with caramelised red onion and red wine”

The flavour of this was nice, a little strong but not too strong so it was perfect for me.

Lunch : 

So for lunch I wanted a burger, and there were a lot of burger places but one place caught my eye. I think the company was called “The King of Cattle”

The burger I had was one they were promoting today “Haggis Burger with whisky cream sauce”

This was a very very good burger, flavours were good and the burger was perfectly cooked and tasted nice. I would have this again, if I saw them at the next event.

Other Stalls….

As I said I won’t tell you about every stall the above were my favourites of the day. Below are a few more that stuck out for me

Whisky and Spice : Fraiser’s of Scotland

I am not a fan of Whisky, the taste, smell it just doesn’t do anything for me. I saw this was flavoured so when I stopped at this stall, and the guy offered me a sample I thought ok lets see.

This was nice and pleasant, I am not sure if I could pay for a bottle as it was nice but still in my head its whiskey…..I think I will stick with my rum but for a whisky I did like it.

Loch Lomond Brewery : 

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Websitewww.lochlomondbrewery.com

Today was a nice day, and after my burger a beer was needed and luckily we found a stall that did beers.

These beers are a nice light beer, that today since it was warm was very refreshing.

Chrystals Shortbread : 

Website : chrystalsshortbread.co.uk
Facebook
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I really like Shortbread, and normally its very hit or miss when you buy some.

I decided to stop at Chrystals Shortbread table and try a sample, instantly I knew this was good and i had to purchase some.

For me this was some of the best Shortbread I have tasted in a long time, its texture was perfect not soft not hard just right and its taste was really sweet and nice.

I will be buying more next time I see Chrystal.

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Overall :

As I said there were many stalls and the above are just a few that stood out for me. Today was a really nice and fun day, and I got to spend it with friends who saw Lomond Shores for the first time.

I felt very relaxed again today, and probably spent too much but hey it was a great fun filled day and I can’t wait for the next one.

Follow Lomond Shores on Facebook etc to find out when the next event is, and you can try some of these products for yourself.

I will be going to the next one later this year, and probably come back to Lomond Shores to try the cruise.

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Loch Lomond Shores Market Day 2017

Loch Lomond Shores,
Ben Lomond Way,
Balloch,
West Dunbartonshire,
G83 8QL

Visit Date : Sunday 19th February 2017

I had heard that a Market was coming to Loch Lomond Shores, and I have never been to one. I have always just come here to visit and shop, so I thought lets give it a shot and see what its like.

The only markets I have been to, were the Christmas Markets so I had that in mind as to what it would be like.

As most of you know I stay in Glasgow, so my girlfriend and I got the Train from Central Station to Balloch. From here we walked through a park and in to Loch Lomond Shores, just be warned the park gets a little muddy when its has been raining but on a nice day its fine.

Before coming to this event, I had a few Twitter exchanges with Loch Lomond Shores and Funky Fudge.

On arrival I could hear someone singing, and the chatter of everyone here and the smell of food. The market was located at the side of the shopping centre, there wasn’t a lot of stalls as I expected more but there was a good mix of items for sale.

To begin with I decided to do a once around, take a look at the stall maybe chat to the sellers and see if there was anything I wanted to get.

I am doing this by memory as these stalls below stood out for me, I am sure I probably missed some so you will be able to find them on the Lomond Shores Website or Facebook events page.

Websitewww.lochlomondshores.com
Facebookwww.facebook.com/lochlomondshores/

I started with the first stall which was Funky Fudge.

Funky Fudge :

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Twitterwww.twitter.com/funkyfudge_uk
Facebookwww.facebook.com/The-Funky-Fudge-Company
Website : Coming Soon

As I said above I had tweeted Funky Fudge a few times before coming, this was the first time hearing about this company.

I stopped at the stall and said hi, I spoke to the guys today and they were very pleasant and we had a nice chat. The stall was loaded with all types of fudge, and I could have gone crazy as I have a very very sweet tooth.

I had to restrain myself so the fudge I purchased was :

  • Bubblegum
  • Caramack
  • Billionaire Fudge
  • Oreo
  • Chocolate & Orange

The price was £1.50 per bar or 4 for £5, which I thought was a very good price. Its bad to say but all 5 bars were finished within 48hours, here is what I thought of them.

My favourite was the Billionaire Fudge, the texture and taste was 100% perfect. This fudge “Billionaire Fudge” I was told was the companies very first, so this was one of the reasons I took one to try.

The others were nice, but I have a very sweet tooth so I needed the flavours to come over a little more.  I shared some with friends and they said the taste was perfect for them, so its all down to personal taste and my sweet sweet tooth.

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When I see them again I will be getting more of this one mmmmm so good.

Cedar Cottage Country Foods

Facebook : www.facebook.com/cedarcoos/

This stall was selling mince pies, burgers etc but one thing that did get my attention and it was due to the smell was the Bratwursts that were cooking.

These Bratwursts were made from local Scottish pork and they were really tasty, if I could have I would have had a second but it was lunch time and I was being good.

I did take a photo of the Bratwurst but its not one that you would share with anyone, not the most artistic so you can just use your imagination.

All Things Nice Food

Facebook : www.facebook.com/Allthingsnicefood/
Website : www.allthingsnicefood.co.uk
Twitter : @allthingsnicefo

This stall was selling homemade jams, chutney etc and I got speaking to the seller.

There were a lot of different types of jams, some I would have loved to try but I didn’t want to spend too much today.

I did purchase a Salted Caramel Chutney Jar, I tried a small sample when I got home on a spoon and it was perfect for me. I look forward to digging in to it more.

Next time I will take a jam and see what its like.

Judes Jewels Jewellery

Facebook : www.facebook.com/JudesJewelsJewellery/

As the name suggests they were selling jewellery, Scottish themed frames, wooden plaques, cork cord pendants, cufflinks and more

Not really my thing, but if you are into homemade jewellery there was some really nice looking items and some sci-fi stuff for the inner geeks.

Olives and Thingz

As the name suggests they sold lots of Olives.

I spoke to the seller Tony, who was very friendly with everyone and also offered me a sample of the green olives with feta cheese inside them. This was really nice, so nice I purchased a small box.

The Olives I purchased were my lunch the next day, and I could have ate more. I will get some more from Olives and Thingz when I next get to see them.

Erincroft Bakery

Facebook : www.facebook.com/erincroftbakery/

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Walking past this stall I could have had one of everything, but I was good. There was a lot of really nice items for sale and at good prices.

Next time if I see them at another market, I will sample a few items from them.

McQueen Gin

Websitewww.mcqueengin.co.uk
Twittertwitter.com/McQueenGin

If you have been following my blogs or tweets you know this year I am trying to learn more about Gin, and also sample a few gins as I dont know much or anything about this type of drink.

My girlfriend and I entered the tent, and was welcomed by the two girls that were at this stall. I got talking and they offered me a sample to try, the sample was a very small amount it was just enough to get any taste. The one I sampled was the chocolate mint, it was very pleasant. Unfortunately a sample wasn’t offered to my girlfriend, who would have also liked to try a sample of the one I had.

You could purchase one bottle or a small boxed pack of 4, the bottles I can’t remember the exact prices as they varied but the 4 boxed were £28.

I was going to go back for the boxed pack, but we got busy in the shops and by the time we came out the market was finished.

Fiona Brown Home Baking

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Unfortunately Fiona doesn’t have any social network account, or a website she bakes for these markets and you can find her at most of them.

I got an Extra Caramel Slice from her stall today, as I wanted to try her home baking.

For me it was nice, personally I would have liked a little more caramel than base but thats just me. It’s a lot better than the shops ones, and tasted a lot nice but a little more caramel would have suited me (sweet tooth strikes again)

Singer Lisa Kowalski

Twitter@lkowalskimusic
Facebookwww.facebook.com/lisakowalskimusic

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Throughout the time I was at the market, I could hear Lisa sing.

This was my first time hearing of and hearing Lisa, the music she played was good for this event as it blended nicely in the background and was very relaxing.

I made sure I stopped and listened to a few songs.

Do check Lisa out on her Twitter or Facebook, here is a short video I took VIEW

Overall :

As I said I am sure there are a few stalls that I have not mentioned, but please do check Lomond Shores events page to get the full details of everyone that was here.

If any of the stalls that were at the event would like me to update any of my information, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to do that.

The next big one at Lomond Shores for me will be in April, its called SpringFest 2017 where there will be more stall food and drink. I will take photos, videos and even a live video which you will be able to watch on my Twitter page.

I will also try and take more money next time, so I can get some more things to add to my review. And will try and take some photos of the shopping centre, so you can see what its like incase you have never been there.

For me Lomond Shores is a very relaxing place to visit, and I look forward to my next visit.

See you soon. 🙂

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