Moretonhampstead Food Drink and Arts Festival 5th March

At least 20 volunteers are needed on Saturday 5th March for the 3rd Annual Festival, to help out in various positions, including greeting members of the public at the door, performing security functions, helping to deal with the inevitable traffic, and simply setting up stalls and tables etc. then taking them down again at the end of the day. If you can spare the time, briefings will be held on 21 and 28 February, both at 7pm at Cross Street’s Arts and Crafts Chapel. You can choose which one of these you come to.

This year’s festival, main sponsor Riverford Organics, was launched at the Chapel on 18 January to an audience of over 30 including press. Further publicity is planned, starting with the ‘Express and Echo’ towards the end of January. Celebrity Chef Michael Caines, a regular on Great British Menu, will open the festival.

Amongst the attractions at this year’s event, taking place in Cross Street and the Parish Hall, are cookery demonstrations in the hall, and a celebration of the arts and food, a re-entry. For instance, St Andrews Church will hold demonstrations from Adam Woolfitt Photography, Joanna Radford’s ‘Cook the View’ and there will also be a special studio trail.

A full list of presenting producers can be found at There will be as many as 80 stalls from places as diverse as Cornwall, although the organisers are pushing the local produce agenda as much as possible. Any other producers wanting to attend should contact Bob Small on 01647 440960.

Last year over 2,000 people attended and, this year, organisers are hoping for even more. A small word on arrangements – most of Cross Street will be closed between 6am and 6pm and there will be diversion signs. Of course, there will be more car parking available plus a ‘park and ride’ facility.