Why not tantalise your taste buds and sample some of Surrey’s wonderful and varied produce on offer at one of the many interesting food and drink festivals this summer. Having recently visited the Chilli & Cheese festival in Shalford Park in Guildford, it has reignited my love for delicious and flavoursome locally produced food, which we are very fortunate to have on our doorstep.
Get inspired to cook some tasty delights, pick up new skills and get some top tips from Michelin star chefs with a visit to the BBC Good Food Festival set within the spectacular grounds of Hampton Court from the 27th – 29th August – there is plenty on offer here to keep the whole family entertained. Tickets are slightly cheaper if you book in advance (£18 per adult).
From the 2nd to 4th September, Woking town centre is all set to host a fun Food & Drink Festival, there will be celebrity chefs headlining including Nadiya Hussain the reigning Great British Bake Off Winner 2015, live culinary demonstrations from experienced talented chefs, over 80 food stalls will line the streets, BBQ demos and cook-alongs and plenty of activities to keep the children entertained such as cookery workshops. And the best thing is, this event is free!
Surrey is bursting with some fantastic local produce and to celebrate this the Surrey Hills Festival of Food & Drink will take place on the 3rd September at Coverwood Farm in Peaslake, an idyllic setting with spectacular gardens and lakes in the heart of the Surrey Hills – this is one not to be missed. There will be a food theatre arena featuring local chefs and demonstrations from Surrey Hills Butchers. Surrey County Agricultural Society Farmers Market feature a variety of local producers, Surrey Hills Enterprises member’s showcasing their products and services as well as numerous activities for children. Adult tickets are £10 and children under 12 are free.
For a day of food, drink and music head to Cranleigh town centre (no entry fee) on the 24th September, where the high street will come alive with musicians and dancers as well as a variety of stalls serving delicious treats and drinks. There will also be demonstrations by local producers.
For all the Gin lovers, head to Guildford Cathedral on the 22nd to 24th September. The gin festival will be showcasing over 100 different gins (including new ones) and a variety of entertainment – even the most experienced of gin lovers are sure to find new and exciting flavours that they haven’t tasted before! Tickets are £7.50 (plus booking fee) and include a specially designed Copa glass to take home. You will also need drinks tokens to buy the gin which will be available at the front desk. These are £5 per drink and include tonic and a fresh garnish. Most people tend to buy a card of 4 for £20 and go from there, but you can buy less if you like.