What a great day we had! The third ‘Felton Food Festival’ held on Sunday, April 27th, was a great success with over 10,000 people attending throughout the day.

The weather was kind; the venue under the gum trees, a treat; and the food varied and delicious.  The combined efforts of more than 130 volunteers meant the day’s events ran smoothly.  Even the long burger queues dissipated quickly!  So a very big thank you to all those involved.

The day was a time to soak up the country atmosphere and enjoy a lunch with family and friends.  The entertainment was great.  Singer Dana Hassall is a rising star with the crowd showing a lot of appreciation for her music. The Pirate Brides, Barefoot orchestra and Escapades also did a great job entertaining the crowd.  And there’s always something to learn about food and farming.  Young children were kept busy painting and planting garden pots, playing in the sand pit and having their faces painted.  Chickens roamed the site and there were goats and calves to pat.  Wendy Hughes, the Sunday Mail’s food writer (U ON SUNDAY) certainly enjoyed her day out. Click here to find out what she said.

The event was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the produce generated by agricultural enterprises in and around the Felton Valley.  There were over 50 stalls offering a huge array of foodstuffs.

As in previous years, Alastair McLeod and Costa Georgiadis continued to delight with their antics in the kitchen and garden.  They have tremendous rapport.  The committee surprised them with cows to milk this year rather than just providing carton milk (homogenised and pasteurised) for their ‘cook-off’.  Alastair didn’t quite know where to begin and had the crowd ‘in stitches’ as he tried to coax his prize jersey cow ‘Pamela’ to release her milk.  Costa had more luck with his cow ‘Beauty’ and won the ‘milk-off’.  However, Alastair took the honours in the mystery box ‘cook-off’ for his flair with quail and other things. Click here for some of Alastair’s recipes.

Other highlights during the day included the mung bean harvest demonstration held in an adjoining paddock.  Some of the mung beans were used as ingredients by our celebrity cooks in a unique ‘paddock to plate’ experience!  Also the first tractor ever used for farming in the Felton district (a Rumely) was on display and ‘kicked over’ for those interested.