Food and drink festival off to superb start

Kate Gover and Mary Stratton offer samples D14361190a
Kate Gover and Mary Stratton offer samples D14361190a

FOOD demonstrations set the ball rolling for the Steyning and District Food and Drink Festival on Saturday.

People were offered tasters at Steyning Farmers’ Market, the Steyning Cookbook was on sale and there was music to entertain in the High Street car park.

Reina Alston, from the festival committee, said the first weekend had been superb.

“We had the first two St Barnabas breakfasts, the first one on Saturday at Chez Joel and the second one at Cobblestone Tea House, so we have started our collection for this much-loved charity. There are seven more dates to come and we look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to all the venues.

“On Sunday, our Pubs and Breweries of Steyning walk attracted a really big group of people, who enjoyed Dr Janet Pennington’s usual first-class tour of history within our area. A beautiful sunny day as well, so everything was bang on target.”

Sunday also saw vintage bus trips from Horsham, bringing in visitors from out of town. Four people took it in turns to meet and great each bus load, handing out information leaflets.

The festival is running until Sunday, October 5, and features a range of events, competition and offers.

Highlights for the coming week include Teatime Treats and Etiquette, a free event at Cobblestone Tea House on Sunday, 1pm to 4pm. Books, displays and samples will be used to explore all aspects of the quintessentiallly English tradition.