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The Surbiton Food Festival 2013

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Rediscovering The Seething Pasty
surbiton food festival, state of seething
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Foodies will be in for a treat when the Surbiton Food Festival takes to the streets between the 4th-19th May. It will be the opportunity not only to get a taste of fine food, but also get a taste of fine art, as local artists showcase their food theme arts & crafts around the town. For example, Kay Galbraith will be selling a number of her limited edition prints and gift cards at Surbiton Library, while Rebecca Pantry's watercolours will be on show at the coffee shop. Eco sculptures are going to be built on St. Andrew's Square, as James Wood and Fergus Drennan create art from waste food products for the Forage Food Project. On your way there, you might run into a few yarn bombs decorating the streets, and if you are looking for something more hands on, the pay a trip to The Lamb on the 12th May, where Philip Schauerman will be telling the Tale of Four Brothers, in which the first Pasty was made. After the story, you can then enter a competition to try and make your own Seething Pasty.

If you like cooking, then why not share your recipes? There is a Village Fete on 11th & 12th May, in which you can pin your favourite recipes to their Recipe Wall. The best ones will be published in the Surbiton Food Festival Recipe Book. The Fete is also an opportunity to take part in even more baking competitions such as the best cupcake/biscuit/bread, as well as some more unusual contests like the oldest food item in the pantry cupboard, and the strangest looking vegetable.

On the 18th May, visit the Farmer's Market, where you will be asked to take up The Great Rhubarb and Leek Challenge. Using either one or both of these ingredients, try to whip up the best recipe. Or if you can't cook, you can even build a sculpture.

Other special events include The Big Plant on the 4th May, where you can help plant and label flowers, shrubs, and herbs so people know what is safe to pick. There will be a Sports Day on the 18th May with an egg & spoon race, sack race, King's Soup race, and a sardine relay.

Talking about sardines, the Seething Freshwater Sardine Festival will take place on the 5th May. It celebrates the reintroduction of sardines to the River Thames in 2005, and upholds an ancient sardine fishing tradition. Join the procession, take a fishing trip, and then enjoy the fruits (or rather fish) of your labour at a sardine barbecue.

Several businesses are involved in this year's festival, and are offering special deals. To be eligible, you need to buy a 5 passbook, and every time you go into one of the participating restaurants, bars, or cafes, you will get it stamped and be able to claim their offers. One of the best days to make use of this offer us on the 19th May, when the festival is holding The Big Brunch.

There will be even more activities throughout the fortnight, with cookery workshops, demonstrations, tastings, and supper clubs.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 4th - 19th May
Where: Surbiton
Cost: 3-40
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