Steyning food festival grows

Martin Leigh-Pollitt, far right, with organisers and business people involved in Steyning Food and Drink Festival S35552H14
Martin Leigh-Pollitt, far right, with organisers and business people involved in Steyning Food and Drink Festival S35552H14

STEYNING and District Food and Drink Festival returns for a second year, bigger and better than before.

The launch last year was so successful, the festival has spread to cover more businesses and a wider community.

It all starts on Saturday, with live cooking demonstrations at Steyning Farmers’ Market, and runs until October 5.

Martin Leigh-Pollitt, chairman of Steyning and District Community Partnership’s visitor and tourism group, launched this year’s festival at the White Horse on Thursday.

“This is the curtain-up of the Steyning and District Food and Drink Festival,” he said to a packed room of business people taking part and event organisers.

“It really is a district event this year. As well as Steyning, Upper Beeding and Bramber, we have Edburton, Ashurst and Wiston involved this year.

“This is great, it helps us to build a community amongst us all. After our success last year, we have expanded it and got more people involved.”

Organised by a committee of eight, the festival features more than 40 events over a month, including the return of the charity breakfasts.

“The star of the show has to be Mary Berry,” said Mr Leigh-Pollitt. “Who would believe that we could attract Mary Berry to come to Steyning to sell her book and join us for supper?”

Visit www.steyningdistrictfooddrinkfestival.co.uk for full details and the chance to take part in the festival recipe swap.

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