Festival Gallery


2023 – 7th October High Street Saturday Tasting Morning


Adding to the atmosphere of this happy final day of the Food & Drink Festival, there were High Street “tastings” taking place.   JaJu Coffee Beans were being brewed up by Sarah & Justin Brown at Awen, inviting people to come in and enjoy a cup while taking in the wonderful surroundings of their furniture showroom.  Further down the High Street, Amanda Hutton at Vintage & Home had opened her doors to a Chocolate Tasting session with products from local Chocolatier, Cocoa Loco.  Charley Lowe was happily looking after the occasion and encouraging people to try as much chocolate as they liked !





2023 – Farmers Market & Pumpkin Weigh


The Farmers Market on 7th October was abuzz with happy people enjoying the vast choice of produce/products on offer from all the stallholders.   The other main event of the day was the annual Pumpkin Weigh – always well received.   There were loads of different shapes and sizes entered but the winning pumpkin weighed in at 49 kilos !! Grown by Derek Crush, local farmer, he proudly accepted the prize.  Runner up was Jim.  Also winners of classes:  Prettiest Pumpkin – Stella: Youngest Pumpkin Grower:  Ottelie – 5 years and Different Shape: Nathan & Ted.





2023 – Bramber Brooks Walk with Brianne Reeves


The Walk was fully booked and all the walkers enjoyed both seeing the Brooks and listening to Brianne tell so much about the flora and fauna that can be found within it.   Brianne has not been 100% of late and has only just come out of hospital, but she still led this annual event to make sure no one was disappointed.   All those attending were really appreciative of this valiant effort.





2023 – Daylands Farm Walk & Tea


Derek Crush again headed up a wonderful walk taking in the fields, woods and countryside that surrounds Daylands.  Welcome tea & refreshments were available on return from the outing – definitely much appreciated !  No one took any pictures this year though, so below is a picture from another year to give you a flavour !





2023 – Coffee & Cake Morning for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice


An absolutely fantastic morning.  The Hall was alive with the sound of people enjoying themselves !  The cake display was stupendous – well done all those bakers and thanks to JaJu Coffee for the wonderful brew. Thanks also to all those other generous businesses/individuals who donated other produce needed – milk, sugar, serviettes, flower arrangements, etc., etc., plus, of course, the absolutely superb volunteers who made the event possible – headed up this year by Helen Hitchcock, proprietor of Sakala.   At the end of the morning, the ticket sales, the proceeds from the raffle and the “left over cake” sales, all mounted up to a  fantastic collection of £830 for CTH.   Definitely worth all the hard work that went into organising it.





2023 – Pubs & Breweries of Steyning Walk led by our favourite local historian, Dr Janet Pennington


A great group of enthusiastic people met up to walk and learn more about the pubs and breweries that existed in Steyning in days gone by.  Janet is a wonderful story-teller so a great time was enjoyed by all.  An  added plus – the sun shone !





2023 – The Tasty Countryside Walk with guides Hilary Winter & Ian Alexander


This annual walk was as popular as ever with a wonderful group of an enthusiastic walkers enjoying the sunshine; Tottington Manor coffee at set off; lunch at the Fox and then back to Tottington for Tea & Cakes with a wonderful guided walk in between !





2023 – The Artisan Bakehouse Baking Workshops

As usual The Artisan Bakehouse is running some great Workshops.  Below are some pictures of attendees enjoying their day, with Les Nicholson (owner & teacher) demonstrating how to achieve that perfect “bake”.





2023 – West Grinstead Ploughing Matches

A fabulous family day out and the picture below shows brothers, Alfie & Arthur, who won the Best Turned Out Plough Horse Team.   Family day out for them too !





2023 – Cobblestone Walk Fete Day

A fun day full of entertainment for all the family plus the wonderful independent shops that make up Cobblestone Walk.  Molly Walsh is the young lady singing in the picture below.





2023 – The Food & Drink Festival Ticket Office Stall at the Farmers Market

Russell Barnes (Chair of the Steyning & District Community Partnership Visitor & Tourism Committee) with Reina Alston (Steyning & District Community Partnership Director) both enjoying helping out on the stall.





2023 Shop Window Competition – sponsored by the Steyning & District Business Chamber and Judged by Finn Bigg & Gemma from Solo, The Training Club

Foodie Class Winners were:  1st  At Emily’s; 2nd  Cobblestone Tea House;  3rd Truffles.





2023 Shop Window Competition – sponsored by the Steyning Business Chamber and Judged by Finn Bigg & Gemma from Solo, The Training Club

Non Foodie Class Winners were:  1st Foundry Cast Iron;  2nd Miller Phoenix Home;  3rd The Steyning Bookshop and Highly commended Slipped Discs





2023 Best Allotment Competition Prize Giving


The Allotments in Rubilees, Canada Gardens and Upper Beeding were all judged at the end of July by Kathryn Hillman from Rushfield Plant Centre and Lou Crush from Steyning Farmers Market.  Below are the winners of 6 Classes, plus the Champion Allotment which this year was won by Alison Brown.




Two fantastic hampers were on show, the prizes for the St Barnabas Raffle.   The Farmers Market stallholders had kindly donated produce to make up these superb offerings.  Raffle tickets enjoyed great sales and by the end of the morning over £200 had been collected to give to St Barnabas House Hospice.   Pictures show the lucky winners, together with some of the volunteers working on the stall. This team continually work to raise funds for this so, so deserving cause.  Every year the Steyning & District Food and Drink Festival adopt a local charity, who benefit from donations from some of the events held during the Festival month.




James Bond had better be aware that never mind being shaken not stirred, cocktails now have a new way to be mixed!  On Yer Bike invited help from the crowds to do the Bike Mixing.  This particular cocktail was enthusiastically “pedalled” by a young lady, resulting in a delicious concoction.  Not sure whether it will replace the Home Cocktail Bar, but who knows?




The last day of the Food & Drink Festival, and the 1st October Farmers’ Market was abuzz on a beautiful sunny morning.  To add to the happy atmosphere, on display were the wonderful pumpkins, but which was the heaviest?  This Year the Steyning Firemen had agreed to come along and use their brawn to weigh the beasts, as opposed to the usual tractor and weighing device.   Pictures show:   pumpkins in a row, smiling and waiting to be judged;  the two-man crew doing the weighing; lst, & 2nd place – judged on weight & 3rd place judged as being the prettiest !   Finally there is a picture of two of the winners sitting on their whopping pumpkin !




A lovely sunny day for our walkers.   They began with a delicious lunch at the Frankland Arms before setting off on their countryside walk led by Hilary Winter & Ian Alexander.   After around 2 hours, the welcome sight of the “Jungle Tea Rooms” signs welcomed them.   Here they tucked into mighty slices of cake & copious cups of tea.   Only a short stroll from this point and they were back to where they started.  Only pictures of walkers eating – no walking photos; but they did walk, honestly!  A truly wonderful day out.





The maximum capacity tour saw the group enjoying a tutored tasting of award winning Wiston wines, coupled with a delicious food pairing prepared by the chefs at Chalk Restaurant.  Kirsty Goring led the tour and, as usual, was a mine of wonderful information about the vineyard and winery.  After visiting the vineyard to see the grapes ripening for harvest, guests also walked through the winery production plant, taking in the traditional coquard Champagne press, tank and barrel halls. A fantastic morning in the beautiful Wiston Winery setting..




.Another knockout occasion.  The children enjoyed a massive spread with parents enjoying some treats as well !    The competition was judged by special guest & celebrity star, Gruffalo.   The kiddies were wide eyed and amazed when he appeared at the door and presented prizes to the competition winners.  Our generous sponsors Cocoa Loco provided  the prizes of massive chocolate goodie boxes.  Steyning Bookshop also very kindly donated two Julia Donaldson signed Gruffalo books, which Janine from the Tea House has put into a Raffle with all monies raised going to our Festival Charity St Barnabas Hospice.   A truly wonderful event.



An event that was superbly supported – in fact it was a sell out. The fantastic array of homemade cakes supplied by kind individuals was mouth watering and those attending were definitely keen on second helpings.  Coffee was supplied by Horsham Coffee Roaster.  Local businesses had also been so, so generous supplying more cakes and other essential supplies which made sure that the entire ticket price went to St Barnabas.  The Raffle had some first class prizes, resulting in loads of tickets being sold.   At close of play it looked as though we had made well over £600, but just need to check to make sure all donations, ticket sales, raffle sales, etc., etc., have been taken into account.   All in all, a wonderful morning.


2022 Farmers Market welcomes team from Mystery Trails

Joining in with celebrating the Opening Day of our Food & Drink Festival, Luna & Annalees from Whistlestop Arts came along to tell visitors to the Farmers Market about the Mystery Trails that are running within Steyning High Street until March next year.  Designed for all ages and encouraging family participation, details on how to join in the fun can be found at Steyning Library.  While taking part, don’t forget to leave time to enjoy refreshments at one of the local eateries or visit the variety of shops to be found in our area.


2022 Shop Window Competition Winners.  Judged by Sam Day from Rushfields Plant Centre.  These pictures show Foodie Category winners.  In one of the photos Sam is seen presenting the prize and Russell, Chair of Steyning & District Business Chamber – sponsors of this competition – is accompanying.

1st:  Model Bakery Church Street  2nd: Little Sweetshop;  3rd: Truffles.


2022 Shop Window Competition Winners.  Judged by Sam Day from Rushfields Plant Centre.  These pictures shows Non-Foodie Category winners.  Sam presenting prizes and Russell, Chair of Steyning & District Business Chamber – sponsors of this competition – accompanying.

1st:  Flicker Rose;  2nd: Sakala;  3rd: Gris & Blanc;  Highly Commended: There & Back Again


2022 Cocoa Loco Chocolate and JaJu Coffee Tasting at Raft

2022 Farmers Market – St Barnabas Ladies

Three of the hard working local St Barnabas volunteers, resting after having collected pledges from the Farmers Market stallholders for produce to be added to the Farmers Market Hamper which will raffled at the Market on Saturday 1st October.  They had also been selling tickets for the St Barnabas Coffee & Cake Morning – definitely entitled to have a bit of a sit-down!


2022 Farmers Market and Rushfields Allotment Competition Prize Giving

First 4 pictures:  Farmers Market and one of the Raise Your Spirits stalls.

Picture 5 & 6:  Ian Alexander accepting the Rushfields Champion Allotment Trophy on behalf of winners Chip & Geraldine Beamish.  Sam Day, from Rushfields, is seen in all pictures presenting the prizes.  Picture 7: Mike Piper who achieved second place.  Picture 8:  Mary Matthews accepting the third place award on behalf of her Mother, Carol Killick.  Picture 9: Colin Berry who won Best Small Plot.  Picture 10: Teresa Avery accepting her Most Bee Friendly Plot award.  Picture 11:  Judges Most Unsual Crop award went to Nicola Jones & David Morrison.   Picture 12:  All winners and some of the judges.


2022 Press Launch at White Horse, Steyning.  Picture by courtesy of West Sussex County Times

2021 Charity Auction, Dinner & Dance at Tottington Manor – in aid of the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

2021 The Sussex Grocer Food Tasting

2021 Farmers Market Stallholders Hamper Raffle in aid of The Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice

2021 Farmers Market Pumpkin Weigh Competition – Derek Crush won with a pumpkin weighing 211lbs!

2021 Tasty Countryside Walk with guides Hilary Winter & Ian Alexander.  Food stops at Tottington Manor, Edburton & The Fox, Small Dole.  Pictures show Walk setting off.

2021 Bramber Brooks Nature Reserve Walk with Brianne Reeves

2021 Cocoa Loco Cobblestone Tea House Teddy Bears Tea Party in association with The Steyning Bookshop

All photos contained within this file are copyrighted to Maggie Clews of Steyning Camera Club

2021 Springs Smoked Salmon Smokery Tour

2021 Wiston House Garden Tour & Wiston Sparkling Wine Tasting & Canapes

2021 Spanish Dinner with Live Flamenco at The Castle Hotel, Bramber

2021 Springwells Coffee & Cake for Chestnut Tree House

All photos with kind acknowledgement to Sarah Beard, Steyning Camera Club

2021 Shop Window Competition Non-Foodie Category Winners

1st St Barnabas House; 2nd Vintage & Home; 3rd Anthony Raymond;  Highly Commended Steyning Antiques & LJ’S Creations.

All prizes kindly sponsored by the Steyning & District Business Chamber.

All photos with acknowledgement & thanks to Annie Meachem, Steyning Camera Club.

2021 Shop Window Competition Foodie Category Winners

1st Model Bakery; 2nd The Sussex Grocer; 3rd Truffles;  Highly Commended The Little Sweetshop

Prizes kindly sponsored by The Steyning & District Business Chamber

All photos with acknowledgement and thanks to Annie Meachem, Steyning Camera Club 

2021 Allotment Competition Prize Giving

Photos with kind acknowledgement to Annie Meachem, Steyning Camera Club

First photo: the judges Charles Ashby, Lou Crush & Eddie Woodward.

Second photo:  The Champion, Alison Brown.

Third photo:  All Class winners with the Judges.

2021 Raise Your Spirits, The Farmers Market

Photo with kind acknowledgement to Annie Meachem, Steyning Camera Club

2021 Chocolate & Coffee Tasting at Raft

All photos with kind acknowledgement to Annie Meachem, Steyning Camera Club

2020 Wiston Vineyard Open Day

2020 Great Steyning Bake Off

Winning Entries plus one of the winners picking up her Cocoa Loco Prize at the Farmers Market

Our Festival Photographer – Maggie Clews.

Maggie is a member of the Steyning & District Community Partnership –  Visitor & Tourism Group

Riverside Brewery – Taste & Buy Day

2020 Artisan Bakehouse Baking Workshops in socially distanced “baking tent”

2020 Pumpkin Weight Competition –

All pumpkins;  Winners – heaviest pumpkin; second heaviest pumpkin and best pumpkin shape

Cocoa Loco’s You Tube Cooking Demonstration – Sarah Payne cooking !

Instagram Cake Decorating Competition Winners as voted for by the public

2020 Springwells Coffee & Cake Morning for St Barnabas

2020 Sakala Street Curry Evening

2020 Shop Window Competition

2020 Cocoa Loco Chocolate Tasting at Sussex Produce

2020 The Allotment Competition Prize Giving at The Farmers Market

2019 The Big Pumpkin Weigh-In & Pick It Cook It Sloe Gin Workshop

2019 The Great Steyning Bake Off Finalists (yum!)

2019 Author Dinner at The Sussex Produce Cafe With Camilla Stephens, founder of Higgidy Pies

2019 Instagram Cake Decorating Challenge

Our 2019 Allotment Winners!

Our 2019 Shop Window Winners!

Previous Food Festival Moments

May we take this opportunity to thank all our superb and generous sponsors.   Without their support and enthusiasm our Festival could not take place – we really cannot thank them enough.

This year our sponsors are:


HORSHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL - Providing a range of public services making Horsham District a great place to live, work and visit.   Supporting local communities with advice on availability of grants & funding for projects and events; various free training programmes/workshops and start-up business support and information.   www.horsham.gov.uk


THE SUSSEX GROCER - Knight’s Budgens is a family owned & operated business who have been running award winning shops since 2007.  The Sussex Grocer opened in Steyning last year, providing a vast range of food, drink & household needs.  Many products are Sussex sourced, something of which they are very proud.   www.facebook.com/KnightsBudgensofSteyning


HJ BURT - One of the area’s longest standing independent estate agencies; unprecedented service covering all property matters.www.hjburt.co.uk

COCOA LOCO Local award winning ethical chocolate producers.  www.cocoaloco.co.uk

HIGGIDY PIES–Local producer,making glorious everyday food to help people live well.www.higgidy.co.uk

RUSHFIELDS PLANT CENTRE -a family run business that has been serving its local Poynings community and beyond for nearly 40 Years. The business began as just a few greenhouses in a field and has blossomed into a diverse centre offering a much-loved Café and Farm Shop, both focusing on local produce.www.rushfields.com

STEYNING & DISTRICT BUSINESS CHAMBER - Promoting, protecting and developing the interests of the business community of Steyning and District. www.steyningchamber.co.uk

STEYNING & DISTRICT COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP –Volunteers organising projects/events to bring benefit to residents, businesses & visitors. www.visitsteyning.co.uk

STEYNING PARISH COUNCIL  - supporting community projects wherever possible. www.steyningpc.gov.uk

WEST GRINSTEAD & DISTRICT PLOUGHING & AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY – established in 1871. Very pro-active in promoting the interests of the local farming community. www.westgrinsteadploughing.co.uk/about-us

The Sussex Grocer logo
HJ Burt estate agent logo
Cocoa Loco Logo
Higgidy Family Kitchen
Rushfields logo
West Grinstead & District ploughing and agricultural society logo

©2021 Steyning Food & Drink Festival

Website by Piernine