Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Goring foodfest success

THE first Goring and Streatley Food and Drink Festival has been hailed a success.

THE first Goring and Streatley Food and Drink Festival has been hailed a success.

Hundreds of people attended the event, which took place across 11 venues on Saturday and Sunday.

There were cooking demonstrations and workshops as well as competitions, tastings and specially themed lunch and dinner menus.

The Catherine Wheel pub, off Station Road in Goring, challenged visitors to eat a series of increasingly hot chillies. The toughest was a Trinidad Scorpion, which ranks among the world’s hottest and is up to 1,000 times spicier than a jalapeno pepper.

There was also a race where contenders had to suck up as many spaghetti strands as possible with their hands behind their backs.

The festival ended with a bake-off in Rectory Gardens in Goring. Most of the village’s businesses entered and the winner was High Street salon Virgo Beauty.

Events also took place at Goring village hall and social club, Masoom’s Tandoori, Pierreponts café, Rossini at the Leatherne Bottel, the John Barleycorn and the Miller of Mansfield in Goring and the Swan and the Bull in Streatley.

There were live performances by local musicians including Andy Taylor, Chris Hawes and rock band Rushkeeper.

Food writer Michelle Brachet, who lives in Goring, organised the festival with photographer Shannon Lee Robinson and about 30 volunteers.

She said: "I’ve been getting excellent feedback from the venues. They say they did a roaring trade. One stallholder had sold out completely by 4pm on the first day so they had to run home and make more produce for the Sunday.

"I was a bit nervous about how it would go, especially after all the work we’d put in. I was exhausted afterwards — I felt like I’d been hit by a bus."

It is hoped that the food festival will be held every other year to avoid clashing with the biennial Goring and Streatley Festival. This will take place from June 10 to 19 next year.

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