The Woking Food and Drink Festival: MaltJerry guests

“Hey Sophie, why don’t you come along to the Woking Food and Drink Festival,” they said. “I would, but I don’t live anywhere near Woking,” said Sophie. “But I know a man who does…”*

Which is how I ended up writing a guest post for Sophie Atherton. Why a blog post, for somebody else’s blog? Well, Sophie is an award-winning beer journalist who writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph and other nationals. She has food cred too, as the first accredited woman beer sommelier in the UK. Her blog is called A FemAle View on Beer. I am indeed honoured.

Sophie Atherton, beer writer and beer sommelier, and host of A FemAle View on Beer blog

Sophie Atherton, whose A FemAle View on Beer I guest blogged for

So I went to the festival as a media guest. MaltCim, also known for her female view, came with me as my plus-one, working her charm effortlessly. Highlights of the event included a tour around Tante Marie Cookery School, and front row seats for the cookery demo by Tom and Henry Herbert, the Fabulous Baker Brothers, of Channel 4 TV fame.

I did have one gripe, which you can find out about when you read the post. The clue is in (Sophie’s) headline: https://afemaleview.net/2016/10/12/not-enough-drink/ And I promise, I do talk about beer.

The Fabulous Baker Brothers pose for us before their cookery demo at the Woking Food and Drink Festival

The Fabulous Baker Brothers pose for us before their demo

From Woking Food and Drink Festival to the front page

No doubt because of the aforementioned charm of MaltCim, we ended up on the front page of the local paper, The Woking News and Mail – not for anything outrageous, just for being in with other journalists on the tour. (There’s one of me inside, too.)

MaltJerry on the front page of the Woking News and Mail at the Woking Food and Drink Festival

MaltCim leads MaltJerry on the front page at the Woking Food and Drink Festival

After the event

  • 100,000 attendees
  • The festival won Surrey Life’s Best Local Food Event, 2016
  • The fifth annual festival will be 1 -3 September, 2017

You can find more about the exhibitors, guest chefs, and all kinds of other info on the official site: http://www.wokingfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk/

Sophie Atherton and I are members of the British Guild of Beer Writers. Sophie is shortlisted for the Molson Coors Award for Best Beer Writer – National Media in the Guild’s annual awards for 2016.

* We were invited to the Woking Food and Drink Festival in September by Carousel PR. In the opening paragraph, I am paraphrasing both Carousel and Sophie Atherton.

2 thoughts on “The Woking Food and Drink Festival: MaltJerry guests

  1. As a former Guildford-ian, staying a week in Woking last year – luckily during the Woking Food and Drink Festival – was a pleasant surprise in so many ways…

    First trip to England with the boys (my two sons) meant it was already a great trip and choosing Woking to stay in was both to be close to MaltJerry (and MaltCim of course) and to be close-ish to my former life in West Clandon. What surprised me was how Woking had transformed from “the A-hole of Surrey” to a really lovely town with so many places to eat and a real transformation from the Woking I remember 15 years ago?!

    The Woking Food and Drink Festival last year had such fantastic food to offer and I lost count of how much bacon we’d bought by the end of the week – let alone all the new dishes we’d never tried before, but I really liked this “new” Woking and we will come back for more!

    The only snag was that there wasn’t a lot to drink there. In fact I thought it was the “Woking Food Festival” and not also “+Drink”, so there’s still some room for improvements there… Surrey does have really good breweries and I surely miss not having access to Hogsback’s finest here in Sweden, amongst a few, but Rome wasn’t built in a day 😉

    Next trip back to England with the boys will be made so we can attend Woking Food and Drink Festival again, if possible, because it’s well worth a visit! I don’t know if it can be combined with King Crimson again, but Red on vinyl at MaltJerrys residence – sipping Tongham TEA – isn’t so bad either!

  2. Looking forward to seeing you back here in Woking again, Jens.
    I completely agree with you on the +Drink side of the festival, which I wrote more about in Sophie’s blog.

    On the Hogsback front, I was lucky enough to sample some of their recent Harvest ale, with hops they grew in their own hop garden. You shoulda been here!

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