‘Ten out of ten’ for food festival

French and Italian foodies join their Petworth counterparts at the annual Petworth Food and Wine Festival.''C121270-1 Mid Pet Food Wine Festival  Photo Louise Adams
French and Italian foodies join their Petworth counterparts at the annual Petworth Food and Wine Festival.''C121270-1 Mid Pet Food Wine Festival Photo Louise Adams

The market square in Petworth came alive when hundreds of visitors came to experience the aromas and tastes of the goods on offer from the first Petworth Food and Wine Festival.

Organised by the Petworth Business Association, Petworth House, National Trust, Petworth Town Council and the Twinning Association, the event had a continental style market which included food and fizz, arts, crafts, antiques and wheelbarrow to be won in aid of Help for Heroes. The town came alive with music from buskers and live jazz in East Street which really lifted the atmosphere.

From Petworth Butchers and their hot sausages and burgers, through to Golden Square with JM Produce and Cates Delicatessen, there was something for all taste buds.

Mark Cooper, from Cates, said: “I give the Festival ten out of ten. A great success and great atmosphere with the music – very pleasantly surprised.”

The day went so well Mark and his neighbour Milton of JM Produce are planning to have their stands outside their shops on farmers’ market days.

With fresh pasta from Lorenza from San Quirico D’Orcia, and crepes with Antoinette from Ranville, the quintessentially English market town was completely transformed.

There were cookery delights from Petworth house, and Sanjay and his team from Meghdoots gave everyone end-of-summer magical delights and tempting treats.

Jackie Tudor, chairman of the Petworth Business Association, said: “We were delighted to see Lord Egremont and the Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP who give the town enormous support enjoying the Festival fayre on offer, together with the local community and visitors from far and wide.

“They all came to enjoy what Petworth and those associated with our unique town have to offer. I would like to thank my colleagues for all their hard work and also all our sponsors for making the first Petworth Food and Wine Festival an outstanding success. I very much look forward to this becoming an annual event.”

In Lombard Street the Hungry Guest Café stand was selling an array of breads made from traditional sour dough methods which sold extremly fast.

Kathryn Mandry said: “We loved taking part in Petworth’s first Festival as it attracted a wide variety of people both local and visiting to a weekend of fresh aromas and great conversations on cooking and supping, tips and tipples.  Certainly for the Hungry Guest and the Leconfield Restaurant it was confirmation of why we are a part of Petworth.”

The loaves fitted well with their neighbouring stand with Gordon and Tom selling local honey, which almost sold out had they not kept some back for their regular customers.

The winners of the competitions all took home prizes and winner of the Petworth Cake Competition taking home a very large ‘goody bag’ from sponsor Coco Café.