Rushmere Country Park Local Food Festival - 8 Sept

by  Carolyn Londer-Ward, Communications Manager, Greensand Trust

Rushmere Country Park in Heath and Reach will host its third Local Food Festival on Sunday 8 September. The park’s Tree Tops Café is proud to support local suppliers of fresh, quality produce, and this very popular event aims to celebrate the great quality local produce this area has to offer. There’ll be a great variety of food and drink on offer plus a wide range of entertainment for all the family!

In terms of food and drink, available visitors will be spoiled for choice – make sure to arrive feeling hungry to make the most of what’s on offer! As well as the food you can eat on-site, there’ll be food and drink you can take home too.

This event is one of the largest held at the park which is run on a not for profit basis by local charity The Greensand Trust. Visitors and stallholders attending the event are also giving their much-valued support to the park which offers over 400 acres of woodland, heathland and meadows for all to enjoy.

Family Entertainment

As well as the food we have a great line-up of family entertainment throughout the day with singer-songwriter Blake Baker kicking off the line-up, dance demonstrations with Jukebox Junction and four-piece party band Tess and the Durbervilles returning to the event, followed by the Redbourn Jazz Band.

Popular local artist and a favourite at the park Natasha Seale will perform a set of vintage swing and bossa nova, followed by the Shooting Stars majorettes and rock trio King Division.

Natasha Seale will also host an interactive mini music session Vintage Rhyme and Chime connecting tots, toddlers and their grown-ups to the world of song and rhythm via nature with vintage favourites -  a delightful musical experience, inspired by Rushmere's beautiful surroundings.

Rosa Rides will be there throughout the day providing rides for the children and there’ll be face painting and other attractions!

Entry is free, however, £3 parking pay on exit fee will still apply; separate charges may apply for kids' activities. Food available from 11am – 4pm with entertainment from 9.30am – 5pm.

Catering Manager Hayleigh Smith, who has organised the event, said: “We’re really looking forward to the Local Food Festival returning to Rushmere once again as it’s proved so popular with our visitors for the past two years. It promises to be a great day out with such a choice of food and drink to sample and fun for all the family throughout the day. All proceeds from the day support the park so please come and join us!”

Who’ll be there this year

We have an amazing mix of local food and drink suppliers signed up to attend on the day:
1. Riverford  vegetable boxes             
2. Bakhtar fresh samosas
3. Just Biscuits  handmade by Jilly                 
4. Calzone Kitchen                           
5. Fair Trade Leighton Buzzard   
6. The Little Waffle Company 
7. Dotty's Sweets           
8. El Comenzal   
9. Lickalix lollies as sold at Rushmere                   
10. Cindy's Kitchen   Indonesian & Asian Food           
11. Healthy Jamaican Kitchen 
12. Carvers hog roast   
13. Scone Quest  street food scones   
14. Christmas Pudding Company   
15. Howe and Co traditional fish n chips
16. Minnie’s Cakes and Creations             
17. Cocky Chick         
18. Three Locks Farm rare breeds
19. Reasons to Season sauces     
20. Wobbly Bottom Farm  cheese
21. Simon's Cider   
22. House of Coffee
23. The Jockey Bar
24. Lion and Butterfly Wellness healthy juices
25. Costco Milton Keynes 
26. Brick Oak Farm Herbs
27. Whittlebury Bakery
28. Jhatpat Chatt Indian street food
29. Darn Spice             
30. Leighton Buzzard Food Bank


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