Miraculously fine weather helped draw record crowds to this year’s Hungerford Food Festival
In it’s ninth year now, the festival is gaining a reputation across the south east as a must-visit day of foodie fun.
The High Street was filled with the aroma of everything from wood fired pizza, wraps and thai curry to sausages, venison burgers and garlic mushrooms- as well as apple pressing, cheese, charcuterie, dakkah, crepes and locally smoked fish and meat.
The Town Hall was packed to capacity with local producers including beef, venison, cheese, wine, mead, liqueurs, beer, scones, biscuits, chocolates, rapeseed oil, wooden kitchen accessories and lots more.
Local residents and visitors from Reading and Swindon queued to get in and even some American tourists enjoyed the day who had spotted the event online.
Sustainability was also very much a theme of this year’s event and visitors were able to buy food in bulk in their own containers from the Lonely Lentil zero waste stall and a new company inspired by last year’s Hungerford Food Festival, called Beer, There and Everywhere sold refillable three-pint ‘growlers’ of beer.
Children were invited to make their own healthy food creation with staff from Hungerford Nursery and healthy breakfasts with Wiltshire chef Lucinda Miller, author of The Good Stuff Cookbook.
Hungerford Environmental Action Team showed people how to make compost to the benefits to health, the countryside and the climate from eating venison. Little B, a local maker of beeswax food wraps, an eco-friendly, plastic-free way to keep food fresh helped people make their own wraps to take home and use instead of clingfilm.
Richard Paget from My Apple Juice pressed apples into juice, and Stainswick Farm showed people how to press rapeseeds into oil.
Hungerford Food Festival is a family-friendly community event that has been celebrating local food producers and artisans since 2009. The event supports Hungerford Environmental Action Team (HEAT) and is sponsored by Doves Farm, Blandy’s at Inglewood and the Media Marketing Co.
Committee chairwoman Penny Locke said: “This is the ninth year of the Hungerford Food Festival and thanks to the unbelievable weather it has been the biggest. We look forward to seeing everyone next year on Sunday 4 October 2020!”
Our cookery show judges this year were food writer Hilary Scott, Love Food cookery teacher Lucinda Bevan and food brand expert Clare Sheffield.
They were delighted by the quality of this year’s make and bake creations from all ages in the community.
Thanks to Doves Farm and Beechwood Eggs for donating the goody bags for the winners.
Cookery Show Winners
Class 1, Showstopper Cakes
First Prize (under 16): Asha Williams, Chocolate Flower Showstopper
Highly Commended (under 16): Maddy Lewis, Smarties Showstopper
Class 2, Cup Cakes
First Prize (under 16): Maddy Lewis, Pink Cup Cakes
Class 3, Any Dish Containing Veg
First Prize (over 16) : Kerry Taylor, Parsnip, Carrot & Orange Cake
Highly Commended (over 16): Ted Angell, Cheese & Chive Scones
First Prize (under 16): Rosie Fraser, Courgette & Raisin Cake
Highly Commended (under 16) : Georgina Sheffield, Pea/Mint/Chocolate Cake
Class 4, Free From
First Prize (under 16) Nerys Brocklehurst, Banana & Chocolate Bread
Highly Commended (under 16): Polly Fraser, GF Peanut Butter Squares
First Prize (over 16): Sarah Chatters, GF Lemon Drizzle Cake
Highly Commended (over 16): Richard Kelly, Egg & Diary Free Welsh Cakes
Class 5, Sweet Preserves
First Prize: Joanne Baker, Lemon Curd
Highly Commended: Kate Edwards, Blackberry & Elderberry Jam
Highly Commended: Liz Barnett, 3 Fruit Marmalade & Blackcurrant Jelly
Class 6, Savoury Preserves
First Prize: Liz Barnett, Pickled Oranges
Highly Commended: Simon Flanagan, Fig & Chilli Jam
Class 7, Cordial/Homebrew
First Prize: Mrs McFarlane, Sloe Gin
Highly Commended: Simon Flanagan, Raspberry Wine
Highly Commended: Kerry Taylor, Elderflower Cordial
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Chilli Eating Competition
The finale of the festival saw six brave contestants face the heat and put through their paces by Hungerford’s chilli maestro Simon Flanagan.
Last year’s champion Daniel Lewis (left) from Hungerford bowed out early blaming an unexpectedly hot rogue chilli in round two!
This year’s winner was Rich Evans (third from right) from Newbury.