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A festival of scoffing and quaffing? We're in! Here’s everything you need to know about the fantabulous Woking Food and Drink Festival.

The team here at Muddy is always looking for an excuse to head out for a glass of something fizzy and a bite or three to eat, and Surrey’s best annual foodie event is back to satisfy that need.

Pen Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September in the diary because the Woking Food and Drink Festival is back with a bang with a line-up that will have you drooling. The seventh free-to-attend event will take place across the entire town centre, with an abundance of fun entertainment for all the family, feasting opportunities and interactive activities.

A visit to the festival would not be complete without exploring the over 80 food and drink traders, all fully stocked with artisan products, freshly prepared dishes and tipples. There will also be pop-up dining experiences and wine masterclasses and tastings. Top tip: prepare your stretchiest waistband and line up your itinerary so you don’t miss the best bits! But don’t worry, we’ve got your covered. Here is a run down of the bits that you just cannot miss. Bon appetit!

Sabrina Ghayour will be cooking up a storm on the demo stage. Photo credit: Kris Kirkham

The demo stage is the place to be with the ultimate line-up for any grub lover. Among those on the billing is Sabrina Ghayour, author, cookery class and supper club host and regular TV guest presenter on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.

Other famous faces making appearances include Surrey-based Chris Bavin, co-presenter on BBC’s popular Eat Well For Less, and Martha Collison, Great British Bake Off quarter finalist, Waitrose food columnist and cookbook author. There will also be appearances from Hersha Patel, host of YouTube channel Cook with the Little Indian and Rob Kennedy, former executive head chef at Wimbledon All Lawn Tennis Club. Ace!

Chris Bavin. Photo credit: Andrew Burton

Speaking of Hersha Patel, the culinary superstar will be hosting a panel of local producers and experts, who will be discussing their top tasty tips, tricks of the foodie trade and specialist knowledge on a range of consumption-based topics such as English wine, brewing, gin distilling, beekeeping, butchery and being vegan.

Keen to try something spicy? And we mean really hot? Check out the Hot Pods live chilli eating competition that will have you gasping for a glass of milk just from watching the contenders. This is the only one where we recommend observing over participating!

And the fun isn’t just for the grown ups. Keen to keep the kiddies occupied? Get creative (and sticky, let’s be honest) with one of the many children’s cupcake decorating workshops or make a culinary-inspired masterpiece at an arts and crafts class. There will also be hilarious street entertainers and live music galore, so you won’t be short on entertainment!

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The festival is totally free to attend and takes place across Woking including Jubilee Square, Commercial Way, Mercia Walk, Market Walk, Gloucester Walk and Gloucester Square. The trader stalls are open from 9.30am-6pm on Fri 30 August and Sat 31 August, and from 10am-5.30pm on Sun 1 September.

For parking, there are plenty of options including:

  • The Shoppers’ Car Parks (next to Woking Shopping and the New Victoria Theatre), enter the following postcode into your SatNav: GU21 6GB.
  • For the Victoria Way Car Park, enter the following postcode into your SatNav: GU21 8EW.
  • For the Brewery Road Car Park, enter the following postcode into your SatNav: GU21 4LJ.
  • For the Heathside Crescent Car Park, enter the following postcode into your SatNav: GU22 7AG.

Travel by public transport is even easier (and *hic* means you can enjoy a lovely bevvy without having to worry about the car!)

  • Woking Train Station is located in the town centre and served by trains direct from London, Clapham Junction, Surbiton, Guildford, Basingstoke, Winchester and more.

Enjoy!

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