Wells Food Festival: World of flavours from burgers to biltong

October 06 2017
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WELLS Food Festival returns to the city for the fifth year running – and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Festival-goers can eat their way around the world at the Artisan Market and Street Food stalls starting in the Market Place and stretching along to the Recreation Ground.

Here they will find everything to satisfy the palate from charcuterie to cheese, fruit to fudge, paella to pies and even a taste of biltong, the Somerset way.

There will be the chance to test culinary knowledge in the Charlie Bigham’s Discovery Zone in the Recreation Ground. Waitrose will be providing some food identification hints and tips; local butcher, F Griffiths & Sons, will hold sausage and burger masterclasses throughout the day, and there are demonstrations on wild food foraging from Adrian Boots.

With the theme ‘Fun with Food’, there is lots to entertain the youngsters in the Morrisons Children’s Zone in the Bishop’s Barn. All the senses will be used to ignite children’s imagination, from planting seeds through to composting.

Three talks are taking place in the Wells Cathedral Education Room. These include cider tasting with local expert, Bob Chaplin; Ales, Trails and Snails, by Christopher Somerville, walking correspondent of The Times, and Kate Lynch, an artist and social historian, who has spent years documenting local traditional farming and crafts.

Each talk includes a ‘Taster Tour’ of Wells Cathedral, looking at culinary stories reflected in the medieval stone carvings and stained glass, and a private tasting session in the Vicars’ Hall, the original dining hall for the men of the Cathedral Choir and not normally open to the public.

At 12pm William Sitwell, a familiar face on BBC’s Masterchef, will be in The Bishop’s Palace discussing his book, Eggs or Anarchy. It reveals how Lord Woolton, Minister for Food during the Second World War, fed the people of Britain, and includes a tasting of Woolton Pie.

Tickets for all four talks are £6 available from www.bradsons.co.uk.

• Wells Food Festival, Sunday, October 8, 10.30am-4.30pm. Free entry. For more details, visit www.wellsfoodfestival.co.uk