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Cows coming off Parade & heading to Festival of Food & Drink on 3 September

GraphicYou may have noticed there are less CowParadeSurrey cows around this week – don’t panic, the colourful heifers are simply coming off Parade and heading to the farm for a week of rest before making a grand & final public appearance at the Surrey Hills Festival of Food and Drink on 3 September.

CowParade, the world’s largest public art event, saw over 60 full-size, fibreglass cows uniquely decorated by artists and placed around Surrey during the summer for people to admire and find. The idea behind CowParade is that cows are sponsored by businesses, decorated by artists and auctioned off to raise lots of mooolaa for charities!!

cow 4The Surrey Hills Festival of Food and Drink on 3 September takes place at Coverwood Farm in Peaslake and is the first and last time that all the cows will be together en mass – quite a spectacle! The Festival will also see all the cows assessed by a panel of experts who will decide which of the pieces of art will be heading to the Surrey based auction or Gala auction in London.

CowParade Surrey leader Tim Metson comments; “Now that the cows have come off public parade there will be limited opportunities for people to see them before they are auctioned in the autumn. The Surrey Hills Festival of Food and Drink offers a fun family day out in the Surrey Hills and is a fantastic opportunity to get up close to all the cows. We’ll also have all the minimoos, many of which were decorated by local schools. These will be positioned around the site and form part of a minimoo trail!”

1 head shotAs the weather changes and autumn draws closer each cow will be heading off to be auctioned raising funds for many charities and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. Two auctions will take place one in Surrey at Sandown Park on 20 October and one in London, the ‘Gala’ auction at Hampton Court Palace on 17 November. The cows will be auctioned by Ewbank’s, the Premier International Antiques and Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers in Surrey and Hampshire who are able to take on-line bids prior to and during both events at www.ewbankauctions.co.uk.

Tim continues “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own your very own piece of art that can be situated either inside or outside. Each cow has been uniquely decorated, many by professional and up-and-coming artists. We were very fortunate to have acclaimed artists such as Peter Blake, Alexander Creswell, Minna George, Stuart Semple and more take part in CowParade Surrey and we are expecting lots of interest in these pieces – we urge anyone that is keen to register or bid early on as we know these cows will be very popular”.

Each cow sponsor has chosen a charity of their own to benefit from the auction proceeds of their cow, with a percentage going to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. The fund in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey helps to safeguard protect the Surrey Hills for future generations. The Community Foundation for Surrey is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local needs. They work with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people and disadvantaged individuals.

Wendy Varcoe, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Surrey comments; “ The Surrey Hills Trust Fund is an exciting local initiative enabling local residents to donate now to protect and conserve the stunning natural landscape and help local communities to access and enjoy the Surrey Hills for generations to come.”

To find out more about the Surrey Hills Festival of Food and Drink and to book tickets visit www.surreyhillsfest.co.uk

If you are interested in bidding for one of the CowParade Surrey cows visit www.ewbankauctions.co.uk or telephone 01483 661150 to register your interest.