Third festival of Calne food and drink runs alongside cycling health initiative (From This Is Wiltshire)
Third festival of Calne food and drink runs alongside cycling health initiative
3:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Latest News
Visitors to Calne’s third festival of food and drink enjoyed a feast of sights, sounds and smells this weekend, from sizzling German sausages to hand-made cupcakes.
Organisers arranged a full day of activities for the festival on Saturday.
There were nearly 30 stalls selling food around the town centre, cookery demonstrations and a beer and cider festival, courtesy of the North West Wiltshire branch of CAMRA.
Sian Bunton, from Sweet Beans Cakery, Calne, tempted customers with several delicious cupcakes decorated with pink icing and white and blue straws.
Nearby Barbara and Ray, from RBM Fudge, Bratton, Westbury, also offered visitors sweet treats.
For the first time this year, budding chefs had the chance to win prizes in a cookery competition. Categories included jams and preserves, decorated cupcakes and traditional cakes.
Calne Mayor Mercy Baggs tried out a pedal-powered blender, which was used to make fresh smoothies.
She said: “I went round the town centre with Tracey Howell and Clare Harris, from Calne Town Council, who did a magnificent job organising things, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
“I had to pedal to try to get this smoothie, but it was hard work – I don’t think I made much.
“The stall-holders did very well. The people who were doing the bread, they sold out. It was well supported.”
Former Calne mayor and town councillor Glenis Ansell showed off her skills in the kitchen, bagging three top prizes for her quiche, scones and bread.
The festival ran alongside a new event, Calne’s Big Green Bike and Hike, organised by the Calne Area Transport Group, which aims to encourage healthy living, cycling and walking.
As part of this, stunt artists from M.A.D, the world’s first professional mountain bike display team, entertained people at The Pippin car park with daring wheelies and jumps. In the afternoon families also enjoyed a ride around Calne to promote safe cycling.
Tracey Howell, community services officer for Calne Town Council, already has plans for next year’s food festival, which will be on September 6.
This year she invited two top guests, James Gray, MP for North Wiltshire, and William Wyldbore-Smith, Wiltshire’s High Sheriff, to attend the festival’s official opening at 10am.
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