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GWSR Food and Drink Fayre bigger than ever!
Railway's Cotswolds Food & Drink Fayre – 19-20 October 2019 - huge success
More than 50 artisan food and drink exhibitors at Toddington and Winchcombe
Over 2,300 passengers carried over the weekend!
UPDATED 21 OCTOBER: The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway's biggest ever Food and Drink Fayre over the weekend of 19-20 October, at Toddington and Winchcombe stations on the picturesque heritage line, was an outstanding success.
Organiser John Mayell delighted with the event's success
Pint of Goffs as newly-arrived pannier tank 9466 arrives on test, at Winchcombe
Chock Shop at Winchcombe - they were selling like hot cakes!
Taste buds tickled as the crowds pour in
More than 2,300 passengers travelled on the trains to enjoy the event on the popular 14-mile Cheltenham Racecourse-Broadway line. The show boasted more stands than ever as the popularity of this Autumn event has grown every year – with most exhibitors returning along with exciting new offerings. More came to Toddington by car so the stands were crowded most of the time, some traders having to send for more supplies as they ran out on Saturday.
John Mayell, volunteer organiser of the event commented: “The huge popularity of our Food & Drink Fayre means that it’s built up to be an even bigger event this year and it certainly pulled the crowds. There were more than 40 exhibitors at Toddington and another dozen at Winchcombe.
“Our aim is to keep this as a local food and drink showcase so most of the exhibitors were producers or growers from Gloucestershire and surrounding counties. It was a cornucopia of the many wonderful food and drink products that are produced nearby.
“The train services to the event were packed – our early-bird diesel railcar service that departed Cheltenham Racecourse station at 10.10 each morning was 'standing room only'! Trains and local food represents a neat link that underlines the importance of our railway in days gone by, when local farmers and producers used to send their products to market by rail, especially fruit and vegetables from the Vale of Evesham, as well as livestock.”
Local producers' wares on show and available to try and buy included bakery items; cheeses and chutneys; honey and jams; chocolates and confectionery; puddings pies and cakes; meat products including local bacon and sausages as well as sausage rolls, Scotch eggs and similar; chillies, herbs and spices including Tewkesbury mustard; cakes and cookies; fruit juices and dairy products.
Joining local ciders, perries and spirits will were products of local vineyards. And, so save preparing dinner when you get home, there was also a variety of imaginative locally made ready meals!
John Mayell adds: “This is a great way to discover some of the amazing artisan food and drink products that are available right on our doorstep. And for many it was a chance to do some early Christmas shopping!"
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