Vale First Fresh Food Festival June 2012

by steve on September 10, 2012

All The Fun At the Festival Weekend in Evesham – 16-17 June

Thousands of people enjoyed the colourful costumes, dancing and delicious local food and music provided by the National Morris Festival and Vale First –Fresh Food Festival over this past weekend. The food festival was opened by celebrity TV Chef Alan Coxon who spoke about the food history of Evesham and the Vale and the historic Evesham Abbey where much local food growing began.He spoke of the amazing cider production from the apples grown by the monks, this led to more diversified fruit and vegetable growing – plums, strawberries and asparagus for which the Vale is still justly renowned, together with all the fine produce grown now and the local producers who were exhibiting their produce.

The food festival is linked with the National Morris Festival held in the Vale and surrounding villages on the 15, 16 and 17th June. The music, the Morris costumes and the dancing bring thousands to the Town of Evesham on the third Sunday in June each year. Both festivals celebrate the variety of food and cultural traditions of rural England and hence reinforce many of the objectives of the Transition Town movement The festival brought together a range of primary producers of the finest examples of Vale fresh food along with those who manufacture delicious original products ranging from fruit juices, ice-cream, cakes, jams, meat products and selections of local beers, ciders and wines.

Chair of the Transition Evesham Vale and Pershore Transition Town Food Festival Committee Stephen Martin, said. “It was a great family day out and inspite of the showers everyone enjoyed the celebrations and the mellifluous music provided by the Bretforton Silver band and lively jazz from the Second Line Jazz group. The Vale has some very talented musicians and some creative producers of good quality foods –all of which is worth celebrating in this historic setting.

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