Delights on offer at Wokingham Food & Drink FestivalBy Laura Herbert
August 13, 2012
Foodies can sample a range of local and international produce when the sixth annual Wokingham Food & Drink Festival returns to the town later this month.
Revellers will be able to check out the event throughout the August bank holiday weekend.
The event on Elms Field in Elms Road is designed to showcase and support local producers and suppliers, and those from further afield.
Organisers have reduced the size of the second marquee to create additional outdoor stallholder space and all pitches have now sold out.
Co-organiser Stan Hetherington said: “There are no hiccups as yet and we have lots of new stall holders this year and a few old favourites.
“It is always a difficult thing to decide whether you pull in lots of new traders or you keep having favourites.
“Over the last six years we have been talking to visitors and it seems they like some of the ones who have been there before so we have tried to keep the blend of having some favourites and some new stallholders.”
Among the traders will be newcomer Angela Slade, of Angela’s Home Grown Chillies, who will be selling chilli plants on the second day of the festival.
Mrs Slade, a landscaper gardener, has been growing chilli plants for five to six years and began to grow them on a commercial basis in March.
She said: “I had a stall at Wokingham May Fair in 2009 and enjoyed the atmosphere and have been selling plants at Wokingham market. I think the festival attracts a much bigger crowd than your regular markets because of the music and range of things going on.”
Visitors can try out a selection of beers and wines as part of the beer festival raising money for Wokingham Lions Club, and listen to a selection of music from bands including Rock Choir and East Berkshire Operatic Society. Mr Hetherington added: “People are used to coming to Wokingham for quality events and there are a lot more in the pipeline.
“The town has a name for itself for doing events and doing them well.”
The festival runs from Friday, August 24, to Sunday, August 26. Opening times are 5.30pm to 10.30pm on Friday and 10am to 10.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are £10. Call (0118) 978 8801, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wokinghamfestival.co.uk for details.