Steam along to food and drink fayre
By David Wood
Where: Toddington Station (GL54 5DT)
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21, 10am-4pm
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway's third Cotswolds Food and Drink Fayre is set to whet appetites over the weekend of October 20-21, at Toddington station.
The event is bigger than ever - with most exhibitors returning along with exciting new offerings.
John Mayell, volunteer organiser of the event, said: "The huge popularity of the Food & Drink Fayre means it has become an established and very tasty part of the railway's events calendar and a perfect way to round off the railway's amazing 2018 season
"The aim is to keep this as a local food and drink showcase so almost all of the exhibitors are producers or growers from Gloucestershire and surrounding counties. It's a cornucopia of the many wonderful food and drink products that are produced nearby.
"And what's more, you can come by steam train from Cheltenham! We are running an enhanced 'Green' timetable with steam and diesel railcar services .
"At Broadway, a classic Routemaster bus will link the village with the railway station, which opened on Good Friday this year and has proved to be extremely popular.
"Mixing trains with a Food & Drink Fayre is a neat link that underlines the importance of our railway in days gone by, when local farmers and producers used to send their products to market by rail, especially fruit and vegetables from the Vale of Evesham, as well as livestock."
Local producers' wares on show and available to try include bakery items; cheeses and chutneys; honey and jams; puddings pies and cakes; meat products including local bacon and sausages as well as sausage rolls, chillies, herbs and spices including Tewkesbury mustard; sweets, chocolates and cookies; fruit juices and dairy products.
Joining local ciders, perries and spirits will be the products of local vineyards. And, to save preparing dinner when you get home, there will be a variety of imaginative locally made ready meals!
Mr Mayell added: "This is a great way to discover some of the amazing artisan food and drink products that are available right on our doorstep. And a chance to do some early Christmas shopping!
"Apart from the mouthwatering choices in the Fayre, the railway's own Flag & Whistle cafe will be open - while the 1950s style Coffee Pot Cafe at Winchcombe will be in full swing too, so no-one need go hungry!"
Entry to the event is free although normal fares apply to travel on the trains. You can download a brochure while more information and the timetable are on the railway's website.
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