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The G Live Food and Drink Festival is on Sat 15 Sept and with everything from cheese to chocolate, gin to jam on the menu - here are six reasons you'd be crazy to miss it.

Like the sound of a late summer festival celebrating the best food and drink in the local area, all on one day under one roof? The Food and Drink Festival returns to G Live for a second year on Sat 15 Sept from 11am to 4pm to celebrate the best our local producers have to offer. And there’s some seriously good stuff to sample. I’ve got my eye on these cakes by George Bakes, based in Hersham.

Here are six reasons why you shouldn’t miss it …

1. Taste the (English) fizz

Yes our favourite purveyors of fine English wines, Hawkins Brothers will be there with a selection of the country’s best fizz. Hawkins Brothers specialise in wines from award-winning wineries and vineyards, many of them in Surrey, Sussex, Hants and Kent. It’s like going on a vineyard tour without doing the miles in the back of a minibus.

2. Meet the producers

You can meet and chat up the food and farm entrepreneurs who produce the local, sustainable food that ends up on our tables, including Bramble Farm Turkeys based in West Horsley who supply free range, slowly matured turkeys. They’ll even share their secrets on the best way to cook them.


Mandira from Surrey Spice

3. Chef demos

Learn some culinary tricks from the chefs themselves. Mandira from Surrey Spice will take you on a journey of the Spice Route with her masterclass on Indian spices, including the secrets of blending the perfect spice mixes and what spices to use to make sure your curries turn out perfectly every time. She’ll even touch on the therapeutic benefits of spices. The guys behind Riverford Organic Farmers will also host a chat.

4. Eat, drink … and eat some more

Like any food and drink festival worth its salt (geddit!!), there will be plenty of nosh to scoff on the day or buy and take home including a brilliant selection of organic, vegan and gluten free food, plus Thai street food, curries and pizza. And some of the region’s best bevvies will be available to taste and buy – from Albury-based Silent Pool Gin to the Garden Cider Company in Chiddingfold.

Princes to Kings

5. Hear some great music

With live music from brothers Zac, Finn and Josh who make up boy band Princes to Kings, as well as Jordy Briggs. Sit back, relax and take it all in.

6. It’s free!

Yup, it won’t cost you a bean to get in, and there are plenty of free workshops, demonstrations and taster sessions to take part in. But will need to book your free tickets here.

G Live Food and Drink Festival, Sat 15 Sept, 11am-4pm.


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