Chipping Sodbury's festival of food goes down a treat with shoppers
THE fourth annual food festival proved too tempting for hundreds of shoppers in Chipping Sodbury.
Stalls selling freshly-baked bread, artisan cupcakes, organic meats and homemade jams and pickles lined the High Street for an extended farmers’ market which was the focus to Saturday’s (September 28) festival.
An instrumental jazz band played under a bandstand on the chippings while staff from Waitrose, which opens in Chipping Sodbury next week, handed out free samples.
There were charity games and raffles and local cookery school teacher Ann Murray, who runs Cooking4 from her Chipping Sodbury home, gave demonstrations and was on hand with expert advice and tips.
Hobbs House Bakery hosted a popular Great Chipping Sodbury Bake Off competition, which saw 45 eager bakers enter for a chance to win a place on one of the bakery school’s cooking courses. Young and old rose to the challenge of the contest, with children proudly displaying their best cupcakes and sponges alongside a 98-year-old war veteran’s entry.
Elsewhere, shops, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops hosted special food and drink tastings, giveaways and demonstrations including a sugarcraft display at Ice N Easy, chocolate samplings at Swagger, Chinese food at Henry’s Oriental and tea and cakes at The George Hotel.
Mark Lloyd, chairman of Sodbury Chamber of Commerce which organised the festival of food, said feedback from the event suggested it had been the most successful yet.
“The farmers’ market was really busy all day,” he said. “The stallholders were really pleased and we have had some great feedback with some saying it was the best market they have ever been to.
“We had 30 stalls which was the most we have ever had and we were very lucky with the weather.
“The cake competition went really well and all the events that went on round the town seemed to be well subscribed and everyone seemed happy.”
He said the festival had attracted people from villages further afield and now boasts a ‘good track record’.
“We would expect to hold another festival at around the same time next year,” said Mr Lloyd. “But our next event is an extended Christmas market on Saturday, December 14.”
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