Corsham Tart goes down a treat at weekend

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: High Street was bustling for Corsham Food Festival, with shoppers checking the wares of traders High Street was bustling for Corsham Food Festival, with shoppers checking the wares of traders

Temperatures rose in Corsham on Saturday, as the Corsham Tart drew crowds to the High Street.

The creation was one of the main attractions at the town’s fourth annual food festival, with stallholders and local businesses coming together to promote the best of local produce.

The sweet fruit tart was made of apples and pears grown locally, jams from the Made in Corsham shop, and free range eggs from Neston Park Farm Shop by Clare Walsh, a local nutritionist who held a cookery demonstration at the Town Hall.

More than 1,000 visitors sampled the delights of the festival, which was organised by the Transition Community Corsham group (Transcoco).

Eleanor Truman from Transcoco said: “It went really well, and we were helped a lot by the gorgeous weather.

“We had great stallholders, several of whom sold out.

“This year we closed off the whole High Street for the festival, and we’ve had lots of good feedback. I want to thank all the fantastic people that turned up.”

Ann King, owner of Corsham-based Annie’s Kitchen, was among stallholders on the day, selling her home-made chutneys, marmalades and jellies.

She said: “I nearly sold out. This was my third time here. Last year it was freezing, so it was so nice to have the sun.”

The festival had a strong Fairtrade flavour, after Corsham was officially recognised this year as a Fairtrade Town.

Mrs Truman said: “It’s great that we have Fairtrade status, as it shows we are committed to helping international farmers.

“We also wanted to support local farmers and our High Street with all its businesses does just that.”

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