Final few days of Horsham district food festival

JPCT 050914 S14380974x Horsham's economic success is helped by events such as the Big Nibble and Piazza Italia.  -photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT 050914 S14380974x Horsham's economic success is helped by events such as the Big Nibble and Piazza Italia. -photo by Steve Cobb

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The Horsham District Food and Drink Festival continues into its fourth and final week with a celebration of harvest.

The annual month-long festival organised by Horsham District Council comes to an end on October 5 and the last few days promise to be the perfect way to mark the start of autumn.

On Saturday September 27 the Pulborough Harvest Fair provides a free fun family day out where Sussex food and drink stalls complement country crafts, farm animals and arena displays.

There will also be a traditional fun fair and old farming equipment on display. A courtesy bus is available to the site at East Glebe Field, opposite the St Mary’s parish church.

Saturday is the last day to see a display of Horsham Regency Gingerbread At Horsham Museum and Art Gallery.

It includes a free tasting of Horsham gingerbread – a Regency favourite, revived and brought back to life via a 200-year-old recipe book found at Horsham District Council’s museum.

Meet the Sussex Red Wagyu calves at the Trenchmore Farm open day near Cowfold on Saturday and find out how the cider apple crop is coming along from 12noon to 2pm. Email joanne@trenchmore.co.uk to book a place.

On Sunday September 28 the UK’s number one linseed oil farmer Durwin Banks will be pressing the oil and talking about its history. Enjoy a ploughman’s lunch there for £10 per person including a free product sample. Book a place by calling (01403) 730326.

Other highlights include Kate’s cookhouse in Steyning where there is a £5 discount off the Canapés and Starters cookery workshop tomorrow evening (Friday September 26). Tickets are normally £45 and booking is essential by contacting 07771 274343 and quoting SF2014.

On Sunday there will be a walk and cream tea at Daylands Farm in Ashurst. Pre-booking and sensible walking shoes are essential and tickets are £8 per person.

Also in Ashurst the The Artisan Bakehouse is holding public open days for handmade bread, light lunches and teas on Tuesday September 30.

Cabinet member for the local economy Roger Paterson said: “The annual Food and Drink Festival is part of a programme of practical business support offered by Horsham District Council to benefit the local economy.

“We welcome the active participation of our businesses and the fun ways they find to encourage more people to try and buy with special tastings, discounts and events.

“If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the amazing special offers I urge you to pick up the special offers booklet and enjoy a culinary adventure.”