Organisers of the Shobdon Food Festival have met His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales who told them the event helps to put the village ‘on the map’ before saying he’d like to come for a visit. The Prince was at St. John the Evangelist church to view completed renovations that have cost £1.25m and taken over ten years to complete. His support for the restoration of the architecturally unique building, which is the Food Festival’s spiritual home, saw him meet parishioners, trustees and local fundraisers as he chatted with Food Festival organisers Terry, Matt & Jennifer Teale about the event’s history.Matt explained to the Prince that the event, now in it’s tenth year, was originally started as a church fundraiser attracting just a few hundred visitors back in 2005 but has since grown into one of Herefordshire’s premier culinary events. It has, over the past decade, raised over £70,000 for a variety of local charities and good causes and last year merged with Herefordshire Aero Club’s aviation weekend and moved venues to Shobdon’s historic airfield.
After joking that perhaps mixing food and flying was a recipe for air sickness, the Prince was very pleased to learn that producers who exhibit at Shobdon are almost exclusively local to Herefordshire and the surrounding area. He said, ‘It’s amazing. You never know when you start these things whether anyone comes.’ He added that events like the Shobdon Food & Flying Festival, ‘really helps to put a place on the map.’ We’re taking his comments as a Royal Seal of Approval…unofficially, of course!
The 2014 Shobdon Food & Flying Festival takes place on June the 28th & 29th at Shobdon Airfield. For more information visit www.shobdonfoodfestival.co.uk. For more details about the work carried out at Shodon church, click here.