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Much extended Mortimer Country Food Fair returns with a Retro theme

Much extended Mortimer Country Food Fair returns with a Retro theme

Fair to include a Vintage Fashion Show and extended opening hours: Saturday 14 July 2012 10.00am - 7.00pm

For 2012 the Mortimer Country Food Fair is taking 'Retro' as a theme and the opening hours have been extended to include a late afternoon/early evening session which will include a Vintage Fashion Show by Pepper Lane Vintage, a  showing of the film ‘Julie and Julia’ and live accordion music from Norrie Davies.

The Fair will be opened by local actor and author John Challis, who will then be interviewed by actor Tim Wallers (currently starring in the stage and TV revival of Yes Prime Minister). On stage Tim is playing a ‘Jeremy Paxman’ type character, and he will be bringing all his inquisitorial powers to bear on John’s life and distinguished career.

The 60  stalls of food and crafts will include fair regulars such as The Cottage Herbery, Kelsmor Ice Cream, Little Cefn Smokehouse and Castle Farm Pork, alongside newcomers such as Mayfields Brewery, Sweet Bliss Chocolates and David’s Chili Oil. Lane Cottage Produce will also be attending; having started in 2011 they recently won a Ludlow Food Fair Bursary and are now supplying top restaurants in the area.

Alongside the stalls, art and craft will be the fair's demonstration programme. Fair Director Carolyn Chesshire will be continuing the retro theme with a ‘Retro Breakfast’, whilst there is a return visit from the chefs at the Milebrook House Hotel.   Local cookery writer Victoria O’Neill will be cooking and talking about her new book ‘Seasonal  Secrets’.

Local artist Ciara Lewis is in charge of the art programme this year and she will be showing her own work alongside those of fellow Herefordshire artist Laura Lunn. Tony Hall from Castle Hill Pottery returns with his potter’s wheel and throughout the day he will be demonstrating how he makes his renowned giant pots.

Popular local band Little Rumba will be launching their new CD at the event with their line-up supplemented by Dave Luke who played with Kate Thomas at last year’s fair.

The Fair opens at 10.00am with the Vintage Fashion Show and film starting at 5.00pm. Entry costs £2.00 per adult but children under 16 are admitted free of charge.  Re-entry to the fair during the day and early evening is free of charge as is parking nearby.

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