Surrey Hills Festival of Food & Drink to herd all the cows to Ewhurst

PUBLISHED: 10:09 03 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:09 03 September 2016

The whole CowParade herd are set to come together (Photo: Matthew Williams)

The whole CowParade herd are set to come together (Photo: Matthew Williams)

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The entire CowParade Surrey herd is set to come together for the very first time at the inaugural Surrey Hills Festival of Food & Drink in September.

Taking place at Coverwood Farm, near Peaslake and Ewhurst, the event will not only celebrate the summer when the world’s largest public art event came to Surrey but will also focus on some of the best producers and suppliers this county has to offer.

“The festival will be a great opportunity to raise awareness of the Surrey Hills and in particular farming,” says Tim Metson, farmer and co-owner of Coverwood Farm.

“My family has been farming here since the 1950s, and we have seen many changes. The high land and labour prices, together with the depression in agricultural incomes, create a massive pressure to give up farming or diversify, which does not benefit the Surrey Hills. This event allows us to shine a light on what an important role farmers play as custodians of the landscape.”

Held in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the event will feature a farmers’ market organised by the Surrey County Agricultural Society; a food theatre featuring the likes of Daniel Britten from The White Horse, Hascombe, and Simon Taylor from Surrey Hills Butchers in Oxshott; and the CCA Art Bus, a mobile work of art designed by Sir Peter Blake.

The biggest spectacle of the day, however, will be the CowParade Surrey herd, as it will be one of the last chances to see the life¬size sculptures before they are auctioned off for local charities this autumn.

• The Surrey Hills Festival of Food & Drink takes place at Coverwood Farm, Peaslake GU5 7NT on Saturday September 3. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults (children under 12 free). See more information at surreyhillsfest.co.uk

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