Food festival coming to South Hill ParkBy Hugh Fort
May 21, 2012
Foodies will be able to get their teeth into a range of delicious locally and nationally produced foods at South Hill Park’s first ever food festival.
The free event will be held at the arts centre in Ringmead, Birch Hill, and will feature a wide range of food and drink providers from around Berkshire and the UK.
Stallholders already confirmed for the event, on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, include Simon’s Pies, Italian food provider Delights of Tuscany, designer cake company Cakeypigg, and Wokingham-based Fancy Fruit.
Coming to Bracknell from further afield are the Oxford Cheese Company, the Garlic Farm from the Isle of Wight, and Med Foods from Middlesex.
Organiser Kate Lole said: “Many of the stallholders are the producers themselves so have an in-depth knowledge of their products and how they are produced.
“They are more than happy to offer samples and advice when helping you make a purchase.
“We expect this event to be a great day out for all the family. Who can resist food?”
As well as the food, the event will also include a bouncy castle and slide for children, as well as a coconut shy and adventures with Gerry the Giraffe.
The organisers also hope that a variety of demonstrations will be available on the day including pasta-making, bread-making and cake-decorating.
Ron McAllister, chief executive of South Hill Park, said: “Because we have had such a good response from stallholders for our food festival, we have decided to make this a free event.
“So now you can bring the whole family and experience a wide range of delicious food, much of which is locally produced, free of charge.
“But I’m sure you will want to support our wonderful stallholders, so do come prepared to purchase some of the amazing delights on offer.
“We will have some great musical entertainment for you while you take in the aromas and flavours.
“This is our first ever food festival and all the staff are getting very excited about it.”
There will be music from a variety of swing bands on the terrace and South Hill Park’s Atrium Bar will be putting on its own special menu for the event.
Kate, who also organises the annual food festival in Wokingham, said the organisers hope that between 5,000 and 6,000 visitors will come through the doors at the event.
There is no need to book tickets and visitors are invited to just turn up on the day.