As the summer draws to a close and the kids get ready to return to school, why not have one last thing in the diary to look forward to. Taking place on Saturday 3 September from 10am-5pm, the Surrey Hills Festival of Food & Drink is a celebration of all that Surrey has to offer and it promises to be a fantastic day out in the Surrey Hills for all the family.
Surrey is bursting with some fantastic local produce and to celebrate this fact the inaugural Surrey Hills Festival of Food & Drink will bring together a whole host of local suppliers and producers all keen to showcase their fantastic products. The Surrey County Agricultural Society are bringing together a Farmers Market, take the opportunity to stock up on cakes, pies, local meat, chutneys, jams, honey, local sweets, fudge and much more. If you’re interested in sampling or buying a local tipple we’ve got the Haslemere based Blackdown Ridge Estate bringing a selection of their Red, White, Rose and Sparkling wines. Artisan spirit producers, Silent Pool Distillers will be bringing a selection of their products including their award winning Silent Pool Gin. We’ve got the Crafty Brewing Company showcasing their hand brewed beers and the Tiger Lily Bus Company will be bringing their Sparkling Wine Bus!
The Festival takes place in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) at Coverwood Farm in Peaslake. This idyllic spot with spectacular gardens and lakes offers the perfect backdrop for a true Surrey Hills experience. Tim Metson, Farmer and co-owner of Coverwood Farm comments;
“This event provides a great opportunity to raise awareness of the Surrey Hills and in particular farming. My family have been farming at Coverwood Farm in Peaslake since the 1950s, and we have seen many changes. The high land and labour prices, together with the depression in agricultural incomes, create a massive pressure to give up farming or diversify which does not benefit the Surrey Hills. The Surrey Hills Festival of Food & drink allows us to shine a light on what an important role farmers’ play as custodians of the landscape”.
Discover a food theatre arena which will feature a host of local chefs demonstrating their skills. BBC MasterChef finalist and local restaurateur Daniel Britten will be on hand to showcase his skills, talk about his MasterChef experience and show you how to prepare a variety of seasonal dishes. The Surrey Hills Butchers will be running butchery demonstrations and we’ll have ‘Down in the Woods’ showcasing their bush craft cookery skills. Discover more about Game preparation and how to use a fire steel to make fire and have fun experimenting with different ways of cooking on an open fire. For those wanting to add variety to their breakfast menu we’ve also got a muesli making workshop!
There’s a big focus on families with lots on offer for children ranging from craft activities and face painting, to the CCA Art Bus! The CCA Art Bus is a mobile work of art designed by Sir Peter Blake, it is also a mobile art gallery. Sir Peter designed the bus in a groovy pop art style, and children will be able to learn about printmaking and have the chance to design their own model Art Bus. There are also traditional games to partake in including wooden skittles and croquet as well as giant Jenga and noughts and crosses! You’ll also have the opportunity to get up close to the resident farm animals. And to help the squeezed budgets of many families the Festival is FREE for children under 12!
Come and enjoy the Vines BMW & MINI experience where you’ll be able to get up close and personal to some stunning cars including a selection of classic BMWs. The MINI Clubman container will be on site and there will be lots of interactive fun for all including a BMW Race track with remote control cars!
The biggest spectacle of the day will be the entire herd of CowParade Surrey full-size cows and minimoos who will come together for the very first time! CowParade is the world’s largest public art event which saw over 60 decorated fibreglass cows exhibited throughout the towns, villages and countryside of Surrey during the summer. This will be one of the last opportunities to see the cows before they head off to be auctioned for local charities in the autumn.
Carrie White, Events Manager for Surrey Hills Enterprises, a Community Interest Company (CIC) who have organised the festival comments;
“This is the very first Surrey Hills Festival of Food and Drink and we are excited to showcase the very best of what Surrey has to offer. The Festival offers something for everyone and we encourage you to come and sample, buy and find out more about the many fantastic food and drink businesses in this beautiful area. A huge draw for this year’s festival is the opportunity to see all of the CowParade Surrey cows and minimoos – it will be a spectacle not to be missed.”
The event has been organised by Surrey Hills Enterprises a not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC) that works with local businesses to build a brand for the Surrey Hills. Surrey Hills Enterprises offer a membership scheme to help promote the local economy and support enterprise.
Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and children 12 and under are FREE!
For further information visit www.surreyhillsfest.co.uk
Surrey Hills Festival of Food and Drink, Coverwood Farm, Peaslake, Surrey GU5 7NT