Shoppers raise a glass to food festival

October 04 2016

RECORD numbers of visitors enjoyed tasting and buying a range of produce at Chipping Sodbury’s food and drink festival.

Shoppers raise a glass to food festival

RECORD numbers of visitors enjoyed tasting and buying a range of produce at Chipping Sodbury’s food and drink festival.
Even a wet start to the second day failed to deter those who wandered among a collection of food trucks and stalls.
Produce from cakes, crumpets and beer to pies, meat and fresh lemonade was on offer, most of it from local suppliers, with some items served from quirky tuk tuks and converted horse trailers.
There were also stalls in Hatherells Yard, a display by beekeepers and scone making demonstrations by the town’s Hobbs House Bakery.
The family firm’s Tom and Henry Herbert also hosted a bread making workshop, while army chef reservists from 162 Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps, showed how they catered for large numbers of hungry soldiers.
Events at the two-day festival started with a food trail , a butchery demonstration by Jon Howell and workshops by Sibling Gin, as well as a pub quiz for foodies.
Co-ordinator Ann Murray from the Cooking4 cookery school, said: “There was a lovely buzz in the town and everyone had a great time. These are the kind of events that keep the high street alive.”
The festival was organised by Sodbury Chamber of Commerce and supported by council leaders, local organisations and businesses.Chamber chairwoman Joanne Cox said: “We felt this year’s festival was a resounding success, despite the weather.
“People came from far and wide to experience the vast range of food and drink.”
Photo courtesy of Rich McD Photography