Steyning & District Food & Drink Festival

Run by The Steyning & District Community Partnership – the Food & Drink Festival continues with a vengeance and Saturday 19th September saw the High Street Shop Window competition taking place in glorious sunshine and a happy buzz

All entries needed to reflect the theme of food and drink and wow, that definitely came across loud and clear. Prizes were sponsored by the Steyning & District Business Chamber, so it was an all local affair.

Andrew Griffith, our MP for Arundel & South Downs, had a very long morning as there were a multitude of shops to judge and the time honoured phrase ‘they all deserved a prize’ sprung to mind and made judging very difficult. However, during a brief coffee & cake break within the beautiful gardens of Springwells Boutique B&B, decisions were made, and he returned to the High Street to hand out the awards.

Winners of the Non Foodie Shops Category was furniture retailer, Raft. Husband & wife team, Justin & Sarah Brown together with Interior Designer, Amy Olszak, came up with the idea for their outstanding creation of ‘Breakfast in Bed’, with the added bonus of ‘toast’ bunting along the top of the window!

2nd Prize went to LJ Creations from Cobblestone Walk with their intricate miniature ‘tea-time’ display all crammed in to a tiny ‘window’ space.

3rd prize went to Foundry Cast Iron with their ‘Bears getting ready for their Picnic’ bath tub scene, amid clouds of ‘balloon bubbles’.

Highly Commended was awarded to two businesses, as Andrew really could not split them – Baby Boutique reflecting characters from The ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ story, all hand knitted by Joyce Pinkus, the owner.

‘The Wedding Breakfast’ at St Barnabas House Hospice Shop, which featured a full size bride & groom, bridesmaids and a wonderful wedding cake/champagne and other goodies.

The Foodie Category 1st prize went to The Cobblestone Tea House – their window featured the theme of ‘Dig for Britain’ beautifully presented plus all their waiting staff for the day were dressed as land girls - such fun and a wonderful scene all round.

Second prize was the visually beautiful ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ at Truffles – full of so much artistic detail, it was truly gorgeous

Third Prize Foodie Category: The Little Sweetshop – a window full of plates of food, sweetie Style. Also, The Steyning Florist, their sister shop, also had a wonderful display of foodie related fare, including a piggy dish on bales of straw. Although this window was not their official entry – the sweetie window being their contender – we felt it should also be mentioned
in dispatches !

Highly Commended was given to The Sussex Produce Company, with its superb display of fresh produce.

The standard of all entries was awesome and reflected the community spirit that pervades in Steyning & District and the will to keep cheerful in these oh, such difficult days.

Pictures of all winning windows can be found at:
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