Hobbs House to host Great British Bake Off competition during Chipping Sodbury Festival of Food
CHIPPING Sodbury shoppers are in for a tempting treat or two this Saturday, September 28 as the annual festival of food returns for its fourth year.
Shops, pubs and eateries will be holding special taster sessions, demonstrations and giving away samples and venues in the town are hosting competitions, displays and cookery shows.
Sumptuous smells from an extended farmers’ market (9am) will draw hungry customers to the High Street and there will be a charity market at St John’s Church (10am-3.30pm) as well as refreshments and tours of the tower.
Organised by Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, the festival has proved a popular addition to the calendar of town events since its launch in 2013.
Chairman Mark Lloyd said: “The festival is a highlight of the Chipping Sodbury year and is firmly established as one of our most popular annual events.
“We are delighted that so many local businesses have agreed to take part in what promises to be our most successful festival yet.”
Mr Lloyd said the festival, which is being staged in association with NFU Mutual Thornbury, aims to promote the chamber’s campaign Shop Local, Shop Sodbury.
“Each year the festival attracts thousands of shoppers and with the imminent arrival of a new Waitrose store in the town the Shop Local, Shop Sodbury message has never been so relevant,” he said.
A new aspect of the festival this year will be a Great Chipping Sodbury Bake Off, held at Hobbs House Bakery, and open to all. People entering the bread and cake competition should drop their entries off at the Hobbs House School by 11am. All entrants will receive tea and toast and a chance to win a place on our course at the school.
Other highlights include seasonal cooking tips and demonstrations from local chef Ann Murray, of Cooking4 Cookery School, at the farmers’ market, olive tasting at Hamptons Delicatessen (all day), a sugarcraft demonstration at Ice n Easy (from 10.30am), wine tasting at Cotswold Vintners (10.30am-12.30pm), chocolate tastings and offers at Swagger (all day) and beer tasting at The George (12-2pm) and Portcullis Hotel (12-6pm).
The Coffee Bean is holding gluten free tasting (3-4pm), Bistro 58 is holding a tasting session (10-11.30am), Henry's Oriental is running food sampling and face painting for the children (12-1pm) and The Health Shop has a flapjack tasting day (10am-2pm).
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