HUNDREDS of gastronauts descended on Glynde Place last weekend to sample some of the treats on offer at the Glynde Food and English Wine Festival. Exhibitors showed their wares on the lawns of the house set above the Low Weald landscape with far-reaching views to the Downs.
As well as tasting samples from local stallholders there was live music and demonstrations on both days. Visitors could watch cookery masterclasses from Masterchef’s John Torode, Dhruv Baker and Tom Whitaker among others, or take part in the kitchen academy learning to make quesadillas, Sicilian chicken or vegetarian sushi.
Saturday and Sunday saw a mixture of demonstrations including milling, butchery, carving a perfect turkey, making cup cakes and dealing with quail, courtesy of Garden Quails from West Sussex.
To accompany the food on offer, visitors enjoyed tutored wine tastings from Stephen Skelton, Ewan Lacey, Tim Anderson and Dominic Roberts.
Everyone who attended was handed a wine tasting glass and could wander from marquee to marquee sampling wines grown within a mile or so of the Festival. Richard Gaete-Holmes and Joe Cowderoy demonstrated wines from Plumpton College Winery and also promoted the College’s well-regarded wine production and business courses.
Peter Hall from Breaky Bottom - maker of award-winning sparkling wines from a remote valley in the South Downs - offered tasting samples together with Bluebell Vineyard Estates owner Andrew Hope and Chris Sutherland.
Nik, Charlie and Sylvia Tebbutt from Garden Quails described how their birds have the highest levels of husbandry and care.
One of the most popular stalls was dedicated to Sussex Charmer cheese from Bookham and Harrison based at Bates Green Farm, Arlington. Rob Bookham from Heathfield explained the cheese marries a traditional farmhouse recipe with that of a Parmesan. It was the winner of the Best New Dairy Product in 2008 and is made exclusively from milk from Harrison’s welfare assured Friesian/Jersey herd.