I hadn't suddenly developed an avid interest in the court of Henry VII.
Nope, it was the Hampton Court Foodies Festival. Billing itself as 'the very best food and drink can offer...' the festival is taking place across several locations throughout the UK this summer.
We sampled everything from curries to cupcakes to chedder to cognac to chocolate to cider to churros.
And many, many other foods and drinks not beginning with 'c'.
I went to a cupcake masterclass. And despite sitting right at the front, and despite leaping off my chair in eagerness to be chosen as a 'helper' in the demonstration, I discovered being eleven years old means you are far more likely to get picked. I consoled myself with getting my tongue all blue eating the free sample:
And then we trooped around getting slightly sleepy on all the free samples of liquers ('yessh, I'd loveee to try sshome. Cheers!') while admiring all the other cakes and bakes on display:
Above: a mammoth cupcake at Miriam's Munchies
Above: Pudding Cook at Harvey Nichol's Foodmarket
It also seemed rude not to have a proper lunch as well, so I did as the sign told me to:
and polished off a venison burger while keeping suitably serene.
It was much fun.
A and I headed home, satiated bellies and bags full of lovely produce. A grand day out as Wallace once said to Gromit.