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Grove Cottage's Festival of Flavour: Visitors tuck into tasty treats from around the world

Grove Cottage Food Festival (13532201)
Grove Cottage Food Festival (13532201)

Around 1,300 visitors to Grove Cottage's annual Festival of Flavour feasted on food from around the world.

The event on Sunday raised about £7,000 for the home of Mencap in London Road. Preparations are already under way for 2020's gourmet delight.

Cuisine on offer in Sworder's Field included Mexican quesadillas, Caribbean jerk chicken, Thai food, pizza from Petrucci's Pizza, German sausages from Saucy Dogs, Portuguese food from Santos Cafe in Hockerill and vegetarian and vegan burgers from Stortford-based Veg Heads.

For those with a sweet tooth, there were treats from Maud's Ice Cream, Candy Carnival Fudge and Waffles and Floss. Home-baked pies from Brockleby's Pies and fresh fish from Potter Street Fishmongers offered delicacies to take home.

Event sponsor Hadham Brewery showcased handcrafted ales, alongside an inflatable pub, mobile Prosecco bar and wines and a selection of gin from One for the Road.

While visitors tucked into food and drink, there was entertainment from local bands and solo performers, including Shakila, Teenage Revolution, Kosmic Turtle, Steve Young & The Real Time Players, Bishop's Stortford Gospel Choir and Cider at Yours. Members of the Performing Arts Club and Small Play Club at Grove Cottage also took to the stage to spotlight their talents.

Rosie Wren, fundraising manager at Grove Cottage, said: "It was fantastic to see so many people support this event. We're thrilled with how it went and couldn't have done it without the help of our many volunteers. Thank you so much to everyone who came along and helped make it such a wonderful day."

She thanked main sponsor Tees Law and other sponsors HR Go, GU Puds and Hadham Brewery, as well as East Herts Council for its help and support.

Anyone interested in having a stall at the 2020 Festival of Flavour should email events@mencapgrovecottage.org to register interest.

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