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Food festival attracts thousands

crowds of people eating, colourful gazebos on the left.

People have taken to social media to express how much they enjoyed this year’s Food Festival, which was organised by Farnham Town Council.

The free annual Food Festival has been described as the busiest ever with queues snaking up and down Castle Street as people waited patiently to buy freshly cooked meals including hot dogs, curries, crepes, paella and noodles. Such was the demand that many of the stallholders sold out of food before the Festival ended.

As temperatures reached a balmy 17°c, the crowd were pleased to receive bottles of free water from Specsavers who were this year’s Principal Sponsor. They also gave away 12,500 free items of merchandise that included miniature rugby balls and key rings.

The warm weather saw people basking in the sunshine on hay bales provided by The Hobo Company coffee van. The food-related demonstrations proved popular and attracted record audiences. The Hogs Back Brewery returned to this year’s Festival to talk about the history of hop growing in Farnham and handed out samples of hops, which were once a familiar sight in Farnham.

Bake with Jack demonstrated his home baking experience and Riverford showed how their fresh ingredients could be made into a delicious autumnal meal.

Speaking after the Festival, Councillor Jill Hargreaves, Lead Member for Tourism and Events said: “This year’s Festival was a triumph. We estimate that up to 14,000 residents and visitors attended and enjoyed the occasion and I am sure that this was partly due to the beautiful weather. The atmosphere was fantastic and Farnham was buzzing. I would like to thank everybody who played a part in making the Festival the best yet and I look forward to a repeat in 2016. I hope Farnham’s businesses enjoyed the extra footfall and that events such as this keep Farnham a vibrant market town.”

Live music added to the party atmosphere. People clapped along to The Salts folk style music while Grandpa Spells Jazz Band, Voice and Keys and Ukanhop provided perfect background music.

The 2015 Feast of Food was brought to a close by an autumnal Farmers’ Market on Sunday.

Food Festival 2015

Food Festival 2015

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