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Food & drink festival to tempt taste buds

Sunday 6 October 2019

Hertford's annual Food & Drink Festival takes place this coming weekend Friday 11th to Sunday 13th October. 

The event is now in its 8th year and kicks off at 4pm on Friday with the Street Food Heroes food market in Salisbury Square, closing with the Hertford Castle Beer and World Food Festival on Sunday 13th from 12pm until 6pm. 

On Friday, venues around the town will be running in house events including an evening of sliders and wines at The Old Barge, the Autumn Beer Festival at The Old Cross Tavern, Ilvino Café offering free cannoli with every order and Mudlarks have a special Food & Drink Menu of the Day. McMullens will also be hosting their annual Pop-Up Top Table event at the brewery which includes a five course meal. 

On Saturday, Cookery Demonstrations on the Clover Kitchen stage will take place in Parliament Square, whilst local comedian and food blogger Alistair Barrie will be hosting a jam packed programme of cookery demonstrations. Alistair will also be interviewing other chefs and mixologists whilst they demonstrate their culinary skills. 

In addition to the cookery demonstrations, the Mayor of Hertford will be running a children’s cake decorating competition, There will be food markets in the town centre and McMullen’s Brewery will hold an Open Day and will be running brewery tours throughout the day. 

On Sunday, visitors can attend the free Hertford Castle Beer & World Food Festival, where over 15 world food stands will be cooking up a feast on the castle lawn. There will be live music, a castle open day (until 4pm) and a large beer marquee, showcasing an extensive range of local ales and ciders, as well as over 50 varieties of Gins, Pimms and German Beers and Craft ales. Exclusively this year, there will also be a vegan ale from local Hertford brewery Gold Bear. 

There are many more activities and events planned throughout the festival weekend which are covered in the Food and Drink Festival programme which is available to pick up from Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre or available to download from the town council's website.
Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee Chairman, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: "The programme for the Hertford Food and Drink Festival is looking the best yet. There will be plenty of reasons to visit Hertford town centre over the course of the Festival, and I'd encourage everyone to check out the full programme to make sure you don't miss out on the cookery demonstrations, tastings, discounts and special events taking place." 

This year's festival is sponsored by McMullen’s Brewery and Clover Kitchens.

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