I have felt a bit of a party pooper at some of our much-loved festivals this year, complaining on behalf of the traders of vastly inflated stall fees, less variety and chaotic organization at the Whitstable Oyster Festival to name but one.
So it came as huge relief to hear glowing reports from stall holders at the Canterbury Food Festival in the Dane John gardens.
Producers from the Riverford Organic vegbox delivery sisters to herbalists Susan & Dave Gollins and Iberico ham artisans Flavours of Spain said it had been nonstop through the weekend
Liz Asteraki from Old Wives Lees, near Canterbury, who owns the Riverford franchise for east Kent with sister, Caroline, said: “It’s been hard work but every day we have had genuine interest and lots of new customers sign up, there seems to be more interest in fresh and seasonal food than ever.”
Phil Miles, from Godmersham Game in Mystole , Canterbury, said: “I ran out of my mixed game curry which is cooked by The Chai Stop for me using my fresh meat – a great show, looking forward to Broadstairs.”
Dine Thyme MD, Caroline Wilding, had a busy three days as she had sold out of her delicious pies & homemade savouries by 2pm on Sunday. Like everyone else, she had to still stay until the close as she couldn’t get out until closing time.
Still, there were worse fates given the entertainment and bursts of sunshine. You can hear interviews from Canterbury Food Festival on the archives of the SCOFF & QUAFF show October 1st on www.pressupgroup.com
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