The Presteigne Food Trail - a review
Was it a good day out? Presteigne Food Trail – Saturday 16th June 9am-9pm The day was full of food and happy faces even though showers were a permanent fixture of the proceedings. It seems as though all of Presteigne was involved in making the day go with a swing from the clock tower giving a bird’s eye view of the town (which has certainly grown) to the allotment tours which made you ask “what do they use to aid keeping the snail and slug population off their veggies?”
Stalls lined the main town street which housed all manner of goodies from local honey to a delicious alioli which was selling out fast! Local cafés and restaurants also had yummy bites to take away whilst browsing all the produce on view.
The Judges Lodgings were giving timed talks on Victorian Puddings but unfortunately the wait in the queue proved far too long for us and we all decided to head off for the open gardens whilst the sun was out. These were quite delightful and showed how local gardeners are growing their own - in their back yards. We of course had to see each gardens compost heap too – most veg gardeners will understand this need to view the nucleus of every garden! And, we all agreed it looks like an excellent year for strawberries.
Then to the church hall were you could see a number of dishes (5) made by a chef who did very well keeping a running commentary up whilst handling hot pans and all in front of a large audience too! After which, it was time to sample the dishes enabling you to vote on the best tasting one - the smoked trout came out on tops for us even though the dish ‘Presteigne Mess’ came a very close second.
Departing, now full up on the strawberry smoothies which were being handed around – we strolled down to Wents Meadow – this was just alive with music and children having a tremendous amount of fun enjoying all the games, hands on cooking and story telling that had been organised for them along with a bar stocking locally made ales/ciders for the adults. Here too were stalls featuring outdoor cooking in earth ovens and on camp fires plus a major display on the plight of the honey and bumble bee. The meadow was also the venue for the evening ceilidh which rounded off a great day out for Presteigne and its local residents.
Note: The day did exactly what it said on the label it showed local food and produce off with great aplomb. All stall proprietors happily being able to answer questions posed on food provenance and ingredients (though, a few more stalls would have added to our enjoyment). Whilst the public buildings also did their bit with film shows and talks. The open gardens (10 in number I believe but we weren’t able to find the last one – possibly our map reading was at fault?), showed you how to grow your own. And, I must also mention the ‘Marches Poetry Group’ and their wonderful poems which were displayed along the route to Wents Meadow – it was wonderful to see people laughing out loud at some of the verses which were of course, all food related.