Food - Glynde Food and Drink Festival

I catch Francis Brand, the co-organiser of the second Glynde Food and Drink Festival, while he’s in the middle of a busy afternoon fine-tuning the details of the event. Which has suddenly got much bigger than he expected. “This year we will be running the 33rd edition of the English Wine Festival alongside our do,” he says, down the phone. “I was asked in April to take over the wine festival lock, stock and barrel,” he continues. “We were busy expanding our event, anyway, and this has made it even bigger. I thought there was an obvious synergy between food and wine, and that the two would work together very well.” Twelve producers from over the country, including blue-riband vineyards Chapel Down and Three Choirs, will be represented in a separate marquee dedicated to English wines.

And then there’s the food. “Over forty producers will be selling their wares,” says Francis. “Most of them are local, because that’s the first place we look, but the emphasis is on quality. You can’t, for example, get olive oil from Sussex.” He suggests people come and enjoy a picnic, either composed of, or augmented by, the food that is on offer, which ranges from oysters to organic chocolate, via chutneys and cheeses. And that, obviously, they take some produce back home, too, to prepare something with it later. “We are advocates of slow food,” he concludes, “and the festival is aimed at people who love food and enjoy the process of cooking it.” AL

Glynde Place will open its gates to an assortment of foodies
over the weekend. Photo by Laurie Griffiths

Glynde Place
When? Sat and Sun, 10.30am-5pm
How Much? £8/£10/£5 (Discounts for bookings online)
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