Festival proves it has the recipe for success

Pick It and Cook It participants ready to go home with their jam, made from hand-picked fruits
Pick It and Cook It participants ready to go home with their jam, made from hand-picked fruits

PEOPLE are taking the chance to try different foods as well as make and bake their own during the Steyning and District Food and Drink Festival.

Ashurst Walk and Eat went down a treat and the sun shone as the group set off from The Fountain following lunch.

Diana Couling was the guide, taking people on a beautiful walk in the countryside on Tuesday, September 9.

Reina Alston, from the festival committee, said: “The pace was slow and incredibly enjoyable, taking in the wonderful scenery.

“After about an hour and a half, the Artisan Bakehouse glowed on the horizon, and all were really happy to stop for a yummy cream tea, plus the chance for bit of a rest.

“The walk then continued through Ashurst Woods, finishing up where it had all started – The Fountain – for a welcome drink before heading for home.”

Cobblestone Tea House in Steyning treated visitors to a complimentary tea with ‘family recipe scones’ for Tea Time Treats and Etiquette on Sunday, September 14.

People were able to learn about the very English tradition of afternoon tea in the award-winning venue.

Hedgerow workshops at Daylands Farm, Ashurst, have given people the chance to turn foraging finds into tasty treats.

The Pick It and Cook It days have people harvesting the hedgerows and making their own jam.

Shop windows in the district are decorated for the festival and the best will be judged by Harry and Pip Goring from Wiston Estate Winery.

The Best Food Theme Shop Window competition is split into two categories, one for the food-related shops and one for the non-food shops.

Food shops, cafés and restaurants are also taking part in the Hidden Recipe competition, giving children the chance to piece together a mixture of ingredients and decide what dish they would make.

Adur Brewery give people a guided tour on Saturday and the Dig For Victory Dinner, in aid of Age UK Horsham was held on Tuesday.

Reina said: “It was great fun, with chaperones taking people to different eateries for each course, dressed in wartime attire.”

The ‘star’ event of the festival is still to come, Supper With Mary Berry, on Wednesday, October 1.

The celebrity chef will be in conversation at Sussex Produce Café in an event organised by Steyning Bookshop.

Other events on the calendar include Kate’s Cookery Workshop tomorrow and a Farm Walk and Cream Tea at Daylands Farm on Sunday.

The Artisan Bakehouse in Ashurst has three open days and there is another Pick It and Cook It event, with an apple theme. Visit www.steyningdistrictfood drinkfestival.co.uk for more.