... then Storm Katie forces or­gan­is­ers to can­cel fi­nal day of event

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THOU­SANDS of peo­ple flocked to a pop­u­lar food festival this Easter week­end be­fore the weather forced the fi­nal day to be can­celled.

The Great Mis­senden Food Festival took place at a new venue on a field off the A413, Great Mis­senden.

More than 100 ex­hibitors, both lo­cal and from across the UK, were at this year’s event sell­ing a range of prod­ucts.

There was also street food on sale, live mu­sic, a live cook­ery theatre, live mu­sic, gift ex­hibitor area, free cook­ery and bar­be­cue mas­ter­classes as well as a for­ag­ing walk.

The festival was due to run from Good Fri­day to Easter Mon­day, but or­gan­is­ers can­celled the fi­nal day due to ‘ ad­verse weather con­di­tions’ caused by Storm Katie.

It was re­ported that ex­hibitors ar­rived on Mon­day morn­ing to find their mar­quees blown away and prod­ucts ‘all over the place’ due to the storm.

Many peo­ple took to so­cial me­dia to crit­i­cise the festival’s new lo­ca­tion, which peo­ple said was ‘dan­ger­ous’ be­cause of pedes­tri­ans hav­ing to cross a busy main road and round­about to get to it.

The festival’s move to its new site across the road al­lowed for free on­site park­ing for visi­tors.

How­ever, peo­ple also crit­i­cised this call­ing the car park, which was on a hill, a ‘mud bath’ and say­ing it caused mo­torists to slide ev­ery­where.

Some mo­torists say they got stuck in the mud and needed help get­ting out.

Visi­tors also took to Face­book to crit­i­cise the event too, also call­ing it muddy, dis­or­gan­ised and it only hav­ing one ‘crammed’ tent.

Lots of peo­ple called for the festival to re­turn to its orig­i­nal venue in Bury­field, Link Road.

Sheena Walling­ton wrote on the event’s Face­book page: “Stall hold­ers great as al­ways but TER­RI­BLY or­gan­ised, peo­ple ex­it­ing the same way as peo­ple com­ing in caus­ing chaos, the site was like a mud pit,

Car park staff were hav­ing a night­mare

slip­ping ev­ery­where, queues for food and re­fresh­ments were crazy long. The kids’ food lab was a tiny lit­tle tent that was far too pop­u­lated not like pre­vi­ous years where ev­ery­one could com­fort­ably watch their chil­dren par­tic­i­pate.

“When we man­aged to exit the site the dual car­riage­way had a thick layer of mud on it from the cars drag­ging it out, this is right on top of a round­about and could very well cause an ac­ci­dent.

“Such a shame, this was the third year I’ve taken my fam­ily and if it stays like this next year we won’t be re­turn­ing.”

Sarah El­iz­a­beth Tom­lin said: “We got there at just gone 10am the stalls were all very good and friendly peo­ple, but the car park staff were hav­ing a night­mare, cars slid­ing ev­ery­where. Helped push some peo­ple out and were given a push when we need to get out, shame about the mud. PLEASE think about the site and ac­cess if wet next year.”

Stephanie Ste­wart said: “We love go­ing to this food festival but I’m sad to say putting it in a big field at this time of year in Eng­land is a recipe for dis­as­ter.

“Very dan­ger­ous to have peo­ple cross­ing the road on a busy round­about with no one con­trol­ling the traf­fic.”

Gemma Pig­gott wrote: “Re­ally muddy, un­or­gan­ised (sic) get­ting in and out, but good food. Shame it was not at last year’s venue.”

What did you think to this year’s festival? Would you like to see it go back to its old venue? Email buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth. co.uk.

The calm be­fore the storm: Happy stall­hold­ers and cus­tomers at the Food Festival ... but the new venue was un­pop­u­lar with some and then Storm Katie took its toll on fi­nal day

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