On Wednesday, October 1, Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry visited Steyning as an honoured guest at the Steyning Bookshop Author Supper.
She arrived at Nick Hempleman’s Sussex Produce Café – where the event was taking place – looking absolutely stunning and brimming with energy. Mary signed and dedicated countless copies of her latest book, Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect.
As they waited in the queue for their book to be enscribed, guests were treated to a glass of Wiston Estate sparkling wine, served by the delightful Pip Goring and her equally delightful daughter, Eloise.
In an after dinner interview with bookshop owner, Sara Bowers, Mary treated the audience to a fascinating glimpse into her quite extraordinarily busy and active life, plus taking a multitude of questions from the floor.
She also told the audience of the great pleasure she felt that, as a result of the amazingly successful Great British Bake-Off, young children were becoming so enthused about cooking. As the evening came to a close, Mary pronounced the meal prepared by chef Somchad Moore, as “absolutely delicious”, before being whisked off home to Buckinghamshire to prepare for a 5am start to another busy day of preparation for her next programme.
After all the excitement was over, Sara said: “It was so very touching to see people almost moved to tears by the experience of meeting her; her cookery writing and broadcasting has been part of the lives of so many families for many, many years”.
The evening was one of the last of a culmination of four weeks of foodie offers and events in and around the area organised by the Steyning and District Food and Drink Festival Committee, led by Reina Alston and Martin Leigh-Pollitt.
This second year of the Festival has seen food outlets, eating establishments and the Farmers Market, working together within a wonderful spirit of co-operation.