Thousands tuck in at South Nutfield's Strawberry Fair

Thousands of food lovers descended on South Nutfield's Priory Farm at the weekend for the chance to sample locally-sourced food and drink at its Strawberry Fair.

The big annual two-day food festival, now in its fifth year, drew about 5,000 people.

The variety of food and drink on offer included Surrey cheese and sourdough bread, Scotch eggs, sloe gin, fruit wines and savoury jellies.

The farm's own hand-made sausages and burgers were also popular. But as well as giving visitors the opportunity to chat to the producers and find out more about their products, and the chance to 'try before you buy,' there was also a mix of traditional and unconventional family fun to be had.

Priory Farm owner Nic Shinner said: “The tractor rides have gone down a storm and the rubber duck racing is always a winner.”

He continued: “We’ve laid on children’s activities on The Discovery Walk, so families can make a day of it, and many of them have done just that. “We must have had 5,000 people through over the course of the weekend, and have sold nearly half a ton of strawberries.”

He said: “As well as our regular customers we’ve also been talking to lots of people who’ve visited for the first time.” Priory Farm is a family-owned and managed business, which has been in the Shinner family since 1957. Website: www.PrioryFarm.co.uk

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