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5 reasons to visit Oxted Food and Drink Festival 2016

PUBLISHED: 13:20 15 June 2016 | UPDATED: 13:20 15 June 2016

Enjoy the best street food in Oxted this month (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto/Gregory Lee)

Enjoy the best street food in Oxted this month (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto/Gregory Lee)

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If you know where to look, you’ll find some of the most exciting and innovative food and drink across Britain being served from a range of tuk-tuks, camper vans, caravans and carts. And the good news is that a park-full of them are heading to Oxted Food and Drink Festival this June. As well as the Street Food Market, there’s lots more besides, so here are five excellent reasons to visit…

Originally published in Surrey life magazine June 2016

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1 Enjoy a foodie journey: At the Street Food Market, this epicurean adventure will take you around the world via street-food stalls including Bang Wok’s Thai from a tuk-tuk; Sausalicious’ designer hotdogs; Market Grill’s surf and turf from a vintage airstream bus; Pizza Project’s scrumptious Italian pizzas from their wood-fired oven; succulent steak-burgers from Garlic Wood; a selection of charcuterie, artisan breads and pulled pork from Little Blue Smokehouse; and much, much more…

2 Shop for produce: To try some of the recipes you discover for yourself, head to the Producers’ Market to sample and buy some excellent local produce, including Hello Fresh’s recipe boxes; Flower Farm local produce; Bakhter Fresh Foods; Riverfood organic veg boxes; North Downs Crafters Group’s jams; and Little Spice blends.

3 Whet your whistle: On a warm summer’s day (hopefully!), you’ll want to quench your thirst. Cocktail Camper will be providing first-class cocktails while Cherry Tree will serve up refreshing ice-cool smoothies. Old Oxted’s The Crown pub will provide a fully-stocked beer tent, with an assortment of prosecco, wines, spirits, ales and lagers, and Godalming’s Giraffe and Hobbit will offer try-before-you-buy on unique wines from small producers in Provence, Bandol and Chateauneuf du Pape.

4 Hear from the experts: The talented Helen Marshall will be offering advice on nutritional benefits; Katharine Eldridge talks about her bespoke cookery courses through Quince House Cookery; and Knights Garden Centre will be on hand to assist with how to have the perfect barbecue and also selling an assortment of live herbs to enhance your home cooking.

5 Save space for dessert: Among other offerings, relax under the trees at Ali’s Vintage Tea pop-up tea tent; Master Crepes will entice you with an array of sweet (and savoury) pancakes; Surrey Ices will cool you down with the old-fashioned ice cream van; SS Patisserie will offer a selection of French delights; and Fudge Box will tempt your sweet tooth with an array of sweets displayed on an old-fashioned trike.

• Oxted Food and Drink Festival 2016 takes place at Master Park, Oxted, on Saturday June 18 from 11am. Tickets: adults, £3; children, free. For more information, visit the website at oxtedfoodfestival.com

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