The sun shone and the first real ale was poured at 10.08am! We had a fantastic time at the Sandringham Food Festival , with loads of local producers as well as those bringing food from every corner of the globe!
Saturday we enjoyed Theo Randall, Daniel Clifford, Jimmy Buchan and Holly Bell’s demonstrations, and Sunday it was the turn of the very popular John Torode (who demonstrated cooking some serious steak), Lisa Faulkner and Jimmy Buchan and Holly Bell again. All the demonstrations were busy, as were the variety of demonstrations in the smaller Food Roadshow tent, where Linda Hewett showed us how to make bread’ the brave Bushtucker challengees ate insects that I personally wouldn’t even have touched, and the Crabstock boys, Andy and Adrian talked about seafood and how to cook it well.
In fact there was a bit of a seafood focus. Not only did we have Jimmy Buchan demonstrating main stage, but he also brought a couple of his Michelin starred chefs with him, and their stall was very well attended all day! We hope to see more of Jimmy and his team next year. In addition to this we had the sold-out Fruit De Mer Restaurant, where over thirty people each day enjoyed a fresh seafood dinner with wine supplied from ‘Brothers Wines’ next door.
The music was excellent, with Saxophonix doing their usual walkabouts; the Bill Bailey Band getting toes tapping across the site, and young jazz pianist James Cussens coming in for high acclaim. The Piazza was a great place to hang out, with a busy real ale tent providing refreshment, and a huge choice of places to buy lunch.
Then further round was the chainsaw carving arena and craft tents,where you could have a little break from the food and buy something for the house or garden too. Moment in Time managed to bake bread on an open fire, as well as a banquet for that evening’s meal and with the sun making a very welcome appearance, people hung around and enjoyed the festival until late afternoon.
Join us next year for Sandringham Food Festival: 5th-6th August 2017