The producers and foodies at Local Food Britain’s Countryside Food Festival 2019
PUBLISHED: 15:46 03 September 2019 | UPDATED: 15:47 03 September 2019
Returning to Priory Farm for the second year, Local Food Britain’s Countryside Food Festival promises a feast of flavours in a beautiful rural setting on Saturday 14 September. Tracy Carroll shines a spotlight on just a few of the Surrey producers and foodies you’ll meet there
With their distinctive bottles and award-winning chilli sauces, Hot Pods is a popular addition to any food festival or farm shop. Created by Stephen Dixon and his family, Hot Pods produces some 60 or so chilli-related products seasonally - all grown, produced and packaged at the business' Surrey smallholding in Woking. Stephen and his team particularly pride themselves on their unusual flavour combinations (a recent collaboration with fellow Local Food Britain member Chimney Fire Coffee, for example, produced Pineapple Coffee hot sauce) and their sauces capture the full spectrum of chilli heat.
Based in Woodham, Just Because Treats was created by Jennifer Munson-Montanez who wanted to bring the delicious, indulgent South American flavours of her childhood to British food lovers. Growing up in Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, Jen enjoyed cooking a variety of delicious treats, including alfajores (melt-in-the-mouth shortbread-like cookies) and indulgent cakes, with her family. You may have tried these unique sweet treats in local independent cafés, including Aromas in Weybridge, or at various farmers' markets in the area, and if you have you'll already know what a delight they are. They're perfect with a coffee and packed full of tantalising flavours.
Almost a Sunday Brunch regular on Channel 4 these days, Jack Sturgess aka Bake with Jack may be on the verge of winning the hearts of the nation in the same way he's enthralled Surrey with his passion for baking and endearing demeanour. If you're a keen baker or someone who has always wanted to give it a go, you've probably seen his demonstration videos on YouTube by now but he's even more charming and charismatic in the flesh. At this year's festival, Jack will be sharing his top tips for making brilliant bread in your own home.
Having recently completed a successful crowdfunding campaign, Beckie Wingrove and Christian Armstrong of The Salt Box now have a permanent base on the Priory Farm estate, where they run their delicious supper clubs, woodland breakfasts and rewilding courses for adults and children. Champions of all that is local, they will be teaming up with Hill House Farm's Ian Jones for a farm to fork double-header, before taking visitors outside for an open-fire cookery demo. They will also be hosting family workshops on the day (find details of where to get tickets at localfoodbritain.com).
Talented chef Laura Scott has many strings to her bow, running the popular Epsom Supper Club and teaching cookery courses from her home. On Saturday September 14, Laura will not only be showing audiences how to make vegan sushi in Priory Farm's newly refurbished barn venue, which will be hosting all of this year's food and drink talks, but also judging Local Food Britain's Preserves with Passion competition (find out how you could enter your best chutneys, jams and jellies at localfoodbritain.com).
For the freshest organic fruit and vegetables direct from small local growers, Greener Greens has been ticking all the boxes since 1995. Greener Greens owner Jill Morris works closely with a small number of local farms to ensure that the produce that makes it into a Greener Greens veg box is the freshest and most nutritious that it can be. At Local Food Britain's Countryside Food Festival, Greener Greens' stall will be a kaleidoscope of seasonal flavours. Make sure to take your bag for life to stock up!
Having first made his name in Surrey on the streets of Reigate, Australian pie maverick Chris Brumby is about to go national with his MyPie brand. While home is in Epsom, he's just signed a lease on a 4,500 square foot bakery over the London border in Wandsworth - his pies are so tasty, we'll forgive him! The plan is to build a food hub and pie school, and the move coincides with the pies being stocked in Waitrose supermarkets. Not a bad year at all then - but then, if you've tasted the pies you won't be at all surprised. If you haven't, well this year's Countryside Food Festival is the perfect opportunity as they'll be featuring among the street food vans.
Cheese and wine aficionado and flavour fanatic Francis Gimblett travelled around Britain visiting 100 cheesemakers in 100 days and launched his Campaign for British Cheese earlier this year. Francis, who began his career as a sommelier and runs Gimblett Cheese in Haslemere with his wife Pam, is also a highly sought after events speaker. He will be sharing the story of his adventures and his efforts to prove that British cheese is among the best in the world with the audience at this year's festival. Tickets to all of the talks are free and available on a first come, first served basis on the day.
Need to know
Local Food Britain's Countryside Food Festival takes place at the Priory Farm estate in South Nutfield on Saturday 14 September, 10am to 5pm, and is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. As well as some 40 or so food and drink stalls and a number of expert talks, there will be vintage tractors, classic cars, spectacular displays from birds of prey, the big band sounds from Oxted Brass Band between 11 and 2pm, and hands-on country skills and crafts, as well as plenty of picnic spots to enjoy eating al fresco and sipping local beers, wines, gins and soft drinks bought at the event. Entry is £3 per person (free for children aged under 12) which includes an optional 50p donation going to Macmillan Cancer Support.