Food festival – an exhibition to relish

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Over 80% of Hungerford residents believe that more locally produced food should be available in our shops – and to see just how much excellent produce comes from the Hungerford area just visit the Hungerford Food Festival exhibition this Sunday (Sept 29th) at the Town Hall.

More than 30 exhibitors will show their goods, offerings samples and talking about just how and why their local produce is so good.

There is an exhibitor for every taste – from Anna Valley chilli sauces to Vale and Downland Beekeepers honey there is a real spaghetti alphabet of fine food and drink purveyors.

Carnivores will savour mouth-watering meats from Bastable Bros, Brunskill Beef, accompanied perhaps by some fungi from Marlborough Mushrooms and followed by sweet delight from Cakes by Cocochoux. How about a refreshing drop of cider from Ciderniks or Tutts Clump Cider or, if you're driving, some delicious apple juice (even from your own apples) from My Apple Juice?

Farm shops include Saddleback Farm shop, Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Parsonage Farm, Stainswick Farm (for fine rapeseed oil) and smaller cultivators from Hungerford Allotment Holders will be on show too.

Local food project 'Growing2gether' will be showing its seasonal produce as will Hungerford Sunday Market regulars Styan Family Produce.

There are a few surprises too – Fyfield chef Peter Lane from I Cook-You Eat is perfect for those who can't cook, won't cook, as is the exhibit from the John O'Gaunt pub. There are healthy examples from No-Additives Chutney and Marmalades, Olives and Things or grapes from the Just Add Grapes, Cheese and Wine shop.

For a little foreign spice there is Perin's Homemade Turkish Food, Andi's finest features foods from Germany and French stick fans will love Robert Hiller French Style Bakery (gorgeous aroma!) whilst Kitchenistas will revel in Treen Workshop Wooden Kitchen Implements and Oneday Woodcraft.

Teatime isn't overlooked either, Ramsbury Tea will be display its fabulous range of teas and associated goodies, Brinkworth dairy for the perfect milk and The Rat's Whiskers Gourmet Sugar and Spice Blends add so much more than sugar...and not in your tea!

The whole event is sponsored by exhibitors Doves Farm, Old English Inns, new owners of The Bear Hotel and Cobbs farm shop (on the A4 from Hungerford to Marlborough).

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