The Local Foodie: Redbourn Fete de Velo has many mouth-watering treats

PUBLISHED: 19:00 05 July 2017

The Redbourn Fete de Velo takes place on Sunday, July 9. Picture: SUBMITTED

The Redbourn Fete de Velo takes place on Sunday, July 9. Picture: SUBMITTED


There is so much going on over the lovely summer months.

The Redbourn Fete de Velo takes place on Sunday, July 9. Picture: SUBMITTEDThe Redbourn Fete de Velo takes place on Sunday, July 9. Picture: SUBMITTED

I hope you enjoyed the St Albans Street Festival as much as I did - it was so busy, with many food stalls selling out, so thank you for your support.

This Sunday, July 9 is Redbourn’s turn to host a summer get-together.

Now in its fifth year, the Fete de Velo has grown and is now a huge village event, with lots of food stalls, a Pimms and beer tent, as well as the fun run and bike rides.

It is open all day from 8am until 6pm. There is also very exciting news - Channel 4 will be filming at the event as part of their Village of the Year competition – good luck Redbourn!

The food sounds great, so well worth popping along to picnic on the common. The main organisers of the event are Lindy and Simon from The Hub, which is well-known in the village for its lovely cafe and nearby cycling shop The Bike Loft. The team will be selling coffee to keep everyone going.

Ashridge Delicious were at the St Albans Street Festival two weekends ago and they do large pans of paella. Thai Esan will be there doing delicious Thai lunches and snacks, so do head to the common for lunch.

For pud, look for the vintage ice cream van or Mastercrepe, which specialises in crepes and galettes - which my kids always love. There will be a Pimms and beer tent, or you can always pop into the Cricketers and Hollybush for a drink.

You can buy supplies to take home too. There will be stalls selling jams, chutneys fruity gins, vodkas and rums.

Browns Breads and Cakes has a very popular regular stall at the markets in St Albans - they do excellent sourdough loaves and pastries. For information on the cycling events, pop into The Bike Loft for info.

I also have a little space left to remind you about the St Albans Film Festival happening this weekend.

You can take a picnic to the open air cinema by the Cathedral (no glass please) or buy drinks and snacks from local favourites Jon’s Streatfood and The Pud Stop.

Pimms, Prosecco and popcorn will be sold by the Abbott’s Kitchen, which is based in the large marquee outside the Cathedral at the moment. You can also get a special pre-film pizza and drink just down the hill at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks for £6.

There is also an amazing prize for the best costume for The Blues Brothers film showing on Saturday night. You can win a pub crawl around The White Lion, White Hart Tap, The Boot, Craft and Cleaver, Fighting Cocks, Rose and Crown and The Beech House – ouch.

There are also two more Open Food Gardens to enjoy this year on Saturday, July 19 in York Road and Glenferrie Road.

If you would like ideas on how to grow your own fruit, herbs and vegetables - or just enjoy how others do it - pop along to this lovely annual event.

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