CHEFS from around the country came to the 2013 Petworth Food and Wine Festival to show off their culinary wares and cooking skills.
Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, the festival saw hundreds of people come along to sample delights and a range of flavours from around the country - including wines, preserves and sausage rolls ‘with a twist.’
A variety of smells and spices wafted across the town throughout the weekend, with the aroma of hog roasts, cheeses, coffee beans, curries and cakes.
The tantalisingly tasty event also had live demonstrations from Troels Bendix of the Hungry Guest, Mili from Meghdoots, Sarah Hammond from Rhubarb, Carole Sharpe from Vintage Tea Rooms, Rosemary Moon, and Ian Pearce from the National Trust.
The stalls sprawled across Lombard Street and the Market Square, with teas and storytelling in the Leconfield Hall.
There was even a quiz to follow around the town.
In Lombard Street, there was an eclectic fusion of flavours on offer from KushCuisine, created by husband and wife team Ian and Sadie Jennings. The pair were given a gold taste award in 2010 and 2011, and specialise in handmade preserves in a mix of flavours including tomato chilli jam and Jamaican chutney.
The Olde Worlde Sweete and Biscuit Emporium could be found outside St Mary’s Church, tempting the sweet tooth in everyone with cookies, sweets and biscuits.
One of the stars of Saturday’s demonstrations was Ian Pearce from the National Trust. Though he now works as an events co-ordinator, Ian originally trained as a chef.
His lively and fun demonstration drew crowds in their droves to see Ian preparing retro food classics from the 70s, including Steak Diane.
Also at the event was the team from Petworth Honey, a Petworth-based company who sell honey from their doorstep in the High Street. Though bee keeping only began as a hobby, their honey making has now become a successful business.
Perhaps one of the most successful stalls on the day was Sussex-based Jamie Rose’s Podgy Pieman, which specialises in handheld pies and sausage rolls.
Jamie had sold out of every single product by early afternoon on Saturday, after the crowds had cleared his stock.
While others were selling the last of their goods, Jamie was packing up and getting ready to go home and cook more stock for Sunday. His cooking would take him from 11pm through to 6am, the start of another day of sales.
His ‘sausage rolls with a twist’ come in a range of flavours, which he adapts to seasonal change - chocolate and chilli is one of his winter warmers.
“People are willing to take a leap with a food they are accustomed to,” said Jamie.
Judging by the fantastic success over the weekend, it looks like the Petworth Food and Wine Festival, now in its second year, could become a firm fixture in the foodie calendar.