What better way to spend an autumn weekend than at the Food Festival in the centre of Newbury? The next one is on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 November and if the last one, held in June, is anything to go by we are all in for a treat.
The town as a whole benefits from the extra people who come to Newbury to sample the delights on offer at the Food Festival. In June, several shops made the most of the extra footfall– for example, Oldburys Deli on the Bridge were tempting people in with delicious free samples.
The Food Festival is pretty special: well organised and creating a lively, friendly atmosphere. There will be all sorts of different food and drink to sample, from local home-grown goods to global gourmet goodies. Lunch on the hoof is always difficult to resist, especially with such mouth-watering offerings as free-range pulled pork rolls, tender beef brisket wraps, bison burgers, German sausages, pies and pasties, hot dogs, gourmet burgers, jerk chicken, paella, Vietnamese noodles, and sweet and savoury crepes to name but a few.
To wash it all down there is sure to be local beers and ciders which are always a winner. Look out for Tutts Clump Cider, who keep it really local – nearly all their apples come from West Berkshire.
There are always plenty of opportunities to purchase goodies to take home, too. Keep a look out for Sweeney and Todds from Reading who do a roaring trade with their homemade pies (rump steak and Stilton being a particularly huge hit). For pastry fans, why not try Jane from Kintbury, whose pork pies with a variety of exciting fillings are a big temptation (for example, pork and black pudding). Then there are sure to be cheeses, cakes … you name it!
If The Wiltshire Chilli Farm are there selling their wares, see if they are going to put on their chilli-eating contest and put your name down. Not for the faint hearted but great fun with cries of encouragement from the crowd: ‘Eat that chilli!’
There will be something to please every taste bud at the November Food Festival, so the best advice is to skip breakfast and enjoy the feast on offer between 10am and 4pm.
To find out about having a stall at the this or a future Newbury Food Festival or to get involved with sponsorship, contact Jack Mcleod on 07413 662838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.