Our favourite local food festival returns this weekend, showcasing the best artisan food producers from all over Sussex and some of the finest English winemakers. Set in the beautiful grounds of Glynde Place, The Glynde Food & English Wine Festival is now in its sixth year, and has everything you could possibly want from a food festival.
Taking place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July, traders over the weekend include Sipsmith, Cocoa Loco, Nut Knowle Farm, Riverford, Wobblegate, Sparkling English Wine Company, Breaky Bottom, Plumpton College, Munchy Seeds, Compass Box Whisky, Bread de la Mer, Bookham Harrison Farm and The Artisan Smokehouse. You’ll be able to sample food galore and drink ‘til your hearts content. If that doesn’t get your taste buds going, you must be crazy.
There are also chef master classes with Masterchef’s finest John Torode, Druv Baker and Tim Anderson, wine tasting and tutored sessions, foraging with Joe Nixon, a Kitchen Academy for budding mini chefs and Kid’s Area with seed art, storytelling and art activities – including a chance to help create a festival mural.
New for 2012 is the Summer Feast hosted by John Torode and Dhruv Baker. Held in the main marquee on Saturday night, for £50 you can feast on fizz, canapés and a stunning three-course meal, all cooked to perfection.
Our highlight last year was a rather memorable cider producer selling French cider from the back of an old Citroen van. He was clearly living the French dream (and we really wanted his car), so we’ll definitely be returning this year to sample more of his heavenly tipples and admire his wheels.
The Glynde Food & English Wine Festival, Glynde Place, Glynde, East Sussex, BN8 6SX. Map.