“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.
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.
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.)
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.