Over 80 local and regional food producers set up shop in the grand marquee on Barnes Green and also created an open air restaurant area where visitors could choose between raclette, hog roasts, crepes, scallops and much more to put together their own picnic lunch on tables laid out in the autumn sunshine next to picturesque Barnes Pond.
Close to the marquee, fair goers were treated to some fantastic talks and cookery demonstrations from Phil Howard, Rowley Leigh and William Sitwell in the Barnes Green Centre.The event, organised by volunteers for the Barnes Community Association, raised thousands of pounds for local charities and much of the money raised will go towards a much needed upgrade to the kitchen at the Age UK Barnes Green Centre which is a social centre for local pensioners.
‘What’s lovely about Barnes Food Fair’ says one of the organisers’ is that it has a great combination of genuinely good and interesting food and a buzzy, friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Even though Barnes is in London, it is a proper village with beautiful green spaces, and it seems right to be showcasing great British produce in a quintessential English setting.’
‘We aim to make the event a really relaxed and enjoyable day out’ says organiser Charlotte Sharpe Neal’ we have a really eclectic mix of music playing through the day and we’re very careful about who exhibits at the event so we can be sure that people will enjoy brilliant food. ‘Barnes has lots of small specialist food shops and some great restaurants, we’ve also got some wonderful local food producers and it’s great to be able to showcase them to visitors from outside Barnes.
‘We run the event to raise money for local charities but it is also a fantastic way to help our local small businesses attract new customers and bring people to visit Barnes to try out our great restaurants, delis, fish shops, cheese shops and greengrocers.’
Amongst this year’s local exhibitors were new Barnes company Macaron, the very established and successful French Dressing Company which was a Barnes start-up business and the brilliant Pickle and Rye an American style sandwich shop run by two enthusiastic young American foodies based in neighbouring Mortlake.