'Food festival saved my business': Surbiton village fete return for trader

Pamela Rothwell, with Dylan, 5, and Charlie, 8, enjoying sausage rolls

Pamela Rothwell, with Dylan, 5, and Charlie, 8, enjoying sausage rolls

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It might have been a soggy and blustery weekend but the Surbiton village fete – a flagship food festival event – drew a crowd nonetheless.

This year’s fete saw the return of two stallholders who credit the festival with their success, with one trader saying she might not be in business without it.

Tough economic times hit teacher Ruth French last year and, with daughter Hannah she made a go of her confectionary business, Yum Yum Chocolate, setting up shop at last year’s Sardine Festival, village fete and Seething sports day.

She said: “I thought, ‘Right, I’ve got to do something.’ That led to me becoming involved in the Seething group. Without this I wouldn’t still be trading, to be honest.”

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And transplanted Parisian Fabienne Jaimes, who runs multicoloured sugarfest The Real Macaron, returned to the festival having taken part in the final weekend last year.

She said: “I didn’t make macarons before, really. They are quite difficult to do – it’s a long process.

“Because of the food festival I had this opportunity. I’m thinking to open maybe a pop-up for a while.”

Both Yum Yum Chocolate and The Real Macaron are now regulars at the monthly Surbiton farmers’ market in Maple Road, and praised the support of The Lamb landlords Liz and Adam Lewis.

Did you enjoy the village fete? Leave a comment below or send a picture to newsdesk@surreycomet.co.uk.

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12:36pm Mon 12 May 14

kingstonpaul says...

I've got a real donwer on market stallk at the moment. On Satrday, I bought two bunches of asparagus from what is generally regarded as the best of the fruit & veg stalls in Kingston market (you know who you are...). Both putrid, as in smelly putrid, and it meant I couldn't do a starter for a small dinner party. Not the end of the world, I know, but I thought the days of street markets selling dodgy merchandise were over - back to Sainsburys in future, and doing no favours for the reputation of Kingston market traders.
I've got a real donwer on market stallk at the moment. On Satrday, I bought two bunches of asparagus from what is generally regarded as the best of the fruit & veg stalls in Kingston market (you know who you are...). Both putrid, as in smelly putrid, and it meant I couldn't do a starter for a small dinner party. Not the end of the world, I know, but I thought the days of street markets selling dodgy merchandise were over - back to Sainsburys in future, and doing no favours for the reputation of Kingston market traders. kingstonpaul
  • Score: -9

5:34pm Mon 12 May 14

Judi456 says...

Excuse me but where is Surbiton Village ? Surbiton is not and never has been a village ..... This is just hype made by a few local yuppies. So where is the duckpond then ?
Excuse me but where is Surbiton Village ? Surbiton is not and never has been a village ..... This is just hype made by a few local yuppies. So where is the duckpond then ? Judi456
  • Score: -1

7:18pm Mon 12 May 14

lovesurbiton says...

The fruit & vegetable stall at Surbiton's Village fete (and Surbiton's food festival) was not a Kingston market trader. It was of a highly respected shop and business supplier, CF and MC Stear, a highly valued member of the business community - and therefore absolutely not connected to your comment (kingstonpaul) about the inferior quality of asparagus which you purchased from a Kingston market stall.

Judi456 - your deliberately pessimistic comment about a place's status as 'village' or not - used here rather freely for the purposes of community spirit and local economies - is neither relevant nor positive. If attitudes towards local communities, togetherness and local wellbeing were valued by persons such as yourselves, then there would be no need for such negative comments.

I encourage you all to come along and find out what community spirit - and so called "yuppies" - can (and do) achieve.
The fruit & vegetable stall at Surbiton's Village fete (and Surbiton's food festival) was not a Kingston market trader. It was of a highly respected shop and business supplier, CF and MC Stear, a highly valued member of the business community - and therefore absolutely not connected to your comment (kingstonpaul) about the inferior quality of asparagus which you purchased from a Kingston market stall. Judi456 - your deliberately pessimistic comment about a place's status as 'village' or not - used here rather freely for the purposes of community spirit and local economies - is neither relevant nor positive. If attitudes towards local communities, togetherness and local wellbeing were valued by persons such as yourselves, then there would be no need for such negative comments. I encourage you all to come along and find out what community spirit - and so called "yuppies" - can (and do) achieve. lovesurbiton
  • Score: 5

7:19pm Mon 12 May 14

lovesurbiton says...

kingstonpaul wrote:
I've got a real donwer on market stallk at the moment. On Satrday, I bought two bunches of asparagus from what is generally regarded as the best of the fruit & veg stalls in Kingston market (you know who you are...). Both putrid, as in smelly putrid, and it meant I couldn't do a starter for a small dinner party. Not the end of the world, I know, but I thought the days of street markets selling dodgy merchandise were over - back to Sainsburys in future, and doing no favours for the reputation of Kingston market traders.
The fruit & vegetable stall at Surbiton's Village fete (and Surbiton's food festival) was not a Kingston market trader. It was of a highly respected shop and business supplier, CF and MC Stear, a highly valued member of the business community - and therefore absolutely not connected to your comment (kingstonpaul) about the inferior quality of asparagus which you purchased from a Kingston market stall.
[quote][p][bold]kingstonpaul[/bold] wrote: I've got a real donwer on market stallk at the moment. On Satrday, I bought two bunches of asparagus from what is generally regarded as the best of the fruit & veg stalls in Kingston market (you know who you are...). Both putrid, as in smelly putrid, and it meant I couldn't do a starter for a small dinner party. Not the end of the world, I know, but I thought the days of street markets selling dodgy merchandise were over - back to Sainsburys in future, and doing no favours for the reputation of Kingston market traders.[/p][/quote]The fruit & vegetable stall at Surbiton's Village fete (and Surbiton's food festival) was not a Kingston market trader. It was of a highly respected shop and business supplier, CF and MC Stear, a highly valued member of the business community - and therefore absolutely not connected to your comment (kingstonpaul) about the inferior quality of asparagus which you purchased from a Kingston market stall. lovesurbiton
  • Score: 3

7:19pm Mon 12 May 14

lovesurbiton says...

Judi456 wrote:
Excuse me but where is Surbiton Village ? Surbiton is not and never has been a village ..... This is just hype made by a few local yuppies. So where is the duckpond then ?
Judi456 - your deliberately pessimistic comment about a place's status as 'village' or not - used here rather freely for the purposes of community spirit and local economies - is neither relevant nor positive. If attitudes towards local communities, togetherness and local wellbeing were valued by persons such as yourselves, then there would be no need for such negative comments.

I encourage you to come along and find out what community spirit - and so called "yuppies" - can (and do) achieve.
[quote][p][bold]Judi456[/bold] wrote: Excuse me but where is Surbiton Village ? Surbiton is not and never has been a village ..... This is just hype made by a few local yuppies. So where is the duckpond then ?[/p][/quote]Judi456 - your deliberately pessimistic comment about a place's status as 'village' or not - used here rather freely for the purposes of community spirit and local economies - is neither relevant nor positive. If attitudes towards local communities, togetherness and local wellbeing were valued by persons such as yourselves, then there would be no need for such negative comments. I encourage you to come along and find out what community spirit - and so called "yuppies" - can (and do) achieve. lovesurbiton
  • Score: 2

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