THE smells, sight and sound of a wide range of dishes from all over the world greeted my wife and I at this year’s Longleat Food & Drink Festival.

The two-day festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, featured more than 40 stallholders providing food and drink in Market Street.

My wife, Feona, tried a Chimichurri steak sandwich made by High Steaks, while I plumped for a classic noodle dish from Thai Spice.

But in all honesty, there was an overwhelming range of international cuisine on offer, with dishes from all over the world.

In addition, a wide variety of local produce, including Lord Bath’s Cider made with apples from Horningsham, was on sale.

Now in its third year, this year’s festival had an Aussie theme and seemed to be bigger and better than last year’s event.

The sunshine on Saturday when we visited the festival certainly seemed to have attracted the crowds, drawn by a line-up of live music and cookery demonstrations from TV chefs.

Before venturing in search of something to eat, we watched Australian chef and BBC TV Masterchef presenter, John Torode, assisted by Emma, Viscountess Weymouth, in a live cookery demonstration in the Longhouse.

Together, they produced Singapore Style Crab with sambal, corn cakes and smashed avocado, in less than half an hour.