Bears, Pumpkins & Beer

This year’s Steyning & District Food and Drink Festival, organised by the Steyning & District Community Partnership, finished with gusto on Saturday. Organisers were thrilled to welcome esteemed children’s author, Julia Donaldson, to judge the winners of the Best Food Theme Shop Window Competition, which took place in the morning.

The shops had entered into the spirit of the occasion with great enthusiasm, producing fantastic displays, both in the Foodie and the Non Foodie categories –  bears being well represented in a lot of windows. The prize money was kindly sponsored by the Steyning & District Business Chamber, and their Chairman, Dean Haysom from Compass Mortgages, was on hand to help with the presentations.

Non Foodie Category:

1st Place: Smiffy Bears – Teddy Bears Tea Party

2nd Place: St. Barnabas – A country kitchen

3rd Place: Steyning Bookshop – Autumn Abundance

Highly Commended: Clockhouse Florist’s – Icecream Sundae

Foodie Category:

1st Place: Cobblestone Tea House – Winnie the Pooh and the story of honey
2nd Place: The Little Sweetshop – Teddy Bears Tea Party
3rd Place: Garlic Wood Farm – Meat & Veg
Highly Commended: The Model Bakery – Harvest to Bread
Adding to the buzz in the High Street, the Saturday Farmers Market was also in full swing, with its great atmosphere, superb stalls and foodie activities, together with the staging of the ever popular annual Pumpkin Weigh, organised by Derek Crush. All proceeds from the sale of the pumpkin plants, together with entry fees will be donated to St. Barnabas. The winners this year: 1st – Mark Peacock , his pumpkin weighing in at 138lb; 2nd – Brendon, Charlotte and Douglas Richardson at 120lb and 3rd place – Jim Buckland, 118lb. Organisers thanked all the entrants “for bringing along their lovely pumpkins and also to Malcom Atterbury, for bringing his lovely old tractor and scales to do the weighing.”
From pumpkins to beer: On Thursday evening, Roger Protz, acclaimed real ale campaigner, CAMRA Editor and Author, arrived to present An Evening of Beer Tasting, arranged by the Steyning Bookshopand held at Dark Star, Partridge Green. The special guest was both charming and amusing and relished sharing his knowledge on all things “beer” related with his audience. Closely on the heels of this superb event, came the Beer Festival, held over FridaySaturday &  Sunday at The Steyning Cricket Club. The occasion – a special few days for beer enthusiasts – was organised by local brewers, Adur Brewery & Riverside Brewery.  Attendees enjoyed an opportunity to try a variety of local brews at very advantageous prices, together with live music and food.
A Steyning & District Community Partnership representative said: “Sad to say goodbye to the month long Festival, which has been such great fun and covered so many different themes in both offers and events. But then there is always next year to look forward to…”

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