Downe food festival is a big success

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 June 2014

Grace O'Brien (left) and Olivia Tutton with their handmade cakes.

Grace O'Brien (left) and Olivia Tutton with their handmade cakes.


A festival gave food enthusiasts the chance to tuck in to locally sourced products this weekend.

Harry Buddell, 2,  of West Wickham enjoys Chegworth Valley juice with mum Liz.Harry Buddell, 2, of West Wickham enjoys Chegworth Valley juice with mum Liz.

Food and drink producers from Kent, Sussex and London attended a food festival at Holwood Farm, Downe, on Sunday June 8.

Visitors were offered a variety of food and drink including Kentish cheeses, sourdough bread, fruit vinegars and sloe gin, at Holwood Farm’s Festival of Food, now in its second year.

There was a barbecue, where locally produced sausages and spicy lamb were on offer, and cupcakes made by Grace O’Brien.

Simon Watson, who visited from Surrey, said: “It’s fantastic.

“I’ve enjoyed meeting the people behind the labels, because they really know what they’re talking about. For instance, it was great to chat to the beekeeper who told me the honey comes from the area around here, and I’ve tried local cheeses I’ve never come across before.”

The owner of Holwood Farm, Gary Mercer said: “My wife Sarah and I followed our dream to set up a business that is truly focused on local food. We love working with independent producers and offering our customers something different from what they’ll find in the supermarkets, so to throw open our doors in this way creates a very special occasion. I see people asking questions, being really curious about the products on offer and getting into conversations with the producers. Enabling that connection is absolutely what we’re about. It’s good to see.”

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