FOOD lovers flocked to Goodwood Racecourse over the weekend to sample a taste of all things Sussex.
The very first Goodwood Food Festival took place on Saturday and welcomed thousands of visitors in a celebration of food and farming.
The delicious food wasn’t the only tasty thing on offer – the festival coincided with the start of the flat racing season at the famous racecourse.
“We had just over 10,500 people attending the opening Saturday race meeting which was combined with an artisan food festival,” said James Crespi, general manager of the racecourse.
“The day saw top-quality racing and a selection of seasonal local produce on sale from the Goodwood Estate and other local suppliers.
“It was a fantastic atmosphere and the food festival was a great addition to the day.”
The festival offered a real taste of the flavours of Goodwood and Sussex, with local traders offering a mix of fabulous produce and dishes on the day.
The event showcased its finest produce on the day in the Home Farm marquee, offering a range of delicious Home Farm milkshakes, succulent Goodwood Farm lamb koftas and baked Goodwood Molecombe blue cheese.
There was also a number of bespoke stalls in the final furlong food market, where a selection of local artisan suppliers created a fusion of tastes and dishes for the day.
Local traders included Highdown Vineyard, Pinks Ice-cream, Mud Foods, Sussex Pigs Co, Farmers Choice Freerange Ltd, Burley Fudge and many more.
After sampling some delicious food, families then enjoyed a full card of horse races as the season got up and running.
For a full report and pictures of the racing, turn to page 126.