A few weeks ago me and Harry went to our first Prosecco festival, Prosecco Springs, and what better topic to start my first ever blog with?! Anyone who knows me will know that Prosecco is always my go-to drink, so when I realised that there’s a whole festival in London dedicated to the bubbly beverage I HAD to get my hands on tickets. Apart from the fact that there must be some bubbles involved somewhere, I had no idea what to expect from the event, or what was included with the ticket – but at £40 per person I was definitely eager to find out!
This is the second year Prosecco Springs has been running (after the sell out first event in 2017). Both times it’s been held at the Oval Space in Hackey, East London. The area around the venue is quite industrial-looking, so walking up to Oval Space from Bethnal Green tube station we had no idea how it could be transformed into such a Prosecco heaven inside as much as it was… With hanging grape vines wrapped around wooden beams, mood spot lights giving a warm sunshine effect (which was fab as it was soo wet and miserable outside) and super cute rustic arrow sign posts, it was like we had been whisked away to Italy itself. The place was gorgeous! A DJ set up at the back playing old school summer tunes definitely got everyone in the mood to drink and dance the afternoon away, sipping on the best selection of prosecco.
At the entrance to the event you swap your ticket for a ‘Prosecco Passport’ and a glass. The Passport entitles you to eight glasses of Prosecco from the eight different producers – so is the most important thing! The brands showcasing their premium products this year were: Bottega, Castello Di Roncade, Frozza, La Gioiosa, La Marca, Mionetto, Vigna Belvedere and Zonin. Apart from Bottega, which always reminds me of excitingly ordering their miniature bottles on early morning flights (cause holiday officially starts on the plane no matter what time, right?!), I had only tried one of the other brands. Each producer had two different bottles of their prosecco to choose from, one dry (my fave) and the other sweeter/fruitier. Once your glass is filled your passport is marked with a branded stamp, then you can enjoy the bubbles and move on to the next. One thing’s for sure – these were top Prosecco brands serving amazing Prosecco… you definitely got your money’s worth!
With eight glasses of Prosecco being consumed in an afternoon, I knew I was going to need some food. Prosecco Springs had put together an exciting, Italian themed menu of street food to purchase. I couldn’t say no to freshly cooked polenta fries (£3.50) and Harry was tempted by the more pricy Fritto Misto (£8) which is a mix of fried whitebait, prawns, cod and squid. Not to mention you could help yourself to three Italian homemade sauces: pesto, arrabiata and truffle bechamel – obviously I had to try all three! Other food choices included Arancini (£3.50) which is fried risotto rice balls filled with Mozzarella, and Porchetta with Focaccia (£8) which is pork belly with focaccia bread. If Italian street food isn’t your cup of tea, they also had a pizza stand – and who doesn’t like pizza?
I honestly enjoyed the whole experience and would definitely recommend going if you’re a Prosecco connoisseur like me!