FEAST OF FOOD ON OFFER AT FESTIVAL
... then Storm Katie forces organisers to cancel final day of event
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